Tombstones

The use of the term 'tombstone' to designate the plexiglas elements of this reception desk comes from the United States; there the newspaper advertisements announcing an initial public offering (IPO) or stock market launch, or a merger looked very much like obituaries. Special souvenirs were designed, usually in plexiglas, in order commemorate a successful deal, loan, an IPO, merger or takeover. Sometimes these were very plain, with text only; but they could also be exuberant or playful, referring concretely to the subject of the tombstone. In the classical world of banking, they were regarded as status symbols among investment bankers, but also as tangible memories of successful transactions.