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Stock certificates sold to early AA members to finance 1st printing of Big Book
Photo reprinted with permission from Mitchell K.

In order to finance the printing of the First Edition Big Book, stock certificates were sold to early AA members and others. Works Publishing, Inc. was the original name of AA's publishing business. It was later changed to AA Publishing and then Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc. These certificates were later purchased back so that AA could retain total ownership of the book.

also see: Big Book Marketing August - December 1938
and
Chapter 4 from Mitchell K's book, "How It Worked - THE STORY OF CLARENCE H. SNYDER
AND THE EARLY DAYS OF ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS IN CLEVELAND, OHIO"

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