Ed O'Connor's Trader's Jacket

Wearing his loudly patterned 44 long jacket Edmund O’Connor was easy to spot – an important trait for a commodity trader. O’Connor (1925–2011) was a commodity trading pioneer who helped computerize and change trading systems. He started out as a commodity speculator at the Chicago Board of Trade. Successful, he eventually led the market away from traditional commodities and into bigger and more volatile derivatives. He then moved the commodities markets away from the open outcry system to electronic trading. The digitization of the markets in the late 1990s opened the door for the use of mathematical-model decision-making and high-frequency trading
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Physical Description
65% polyester (fabric material)
green (overall color)
white (overall color)
blue (overall color)
red (overall color)
35% cotton (fabric material)
overall: 34 1/2 in x 55 in x 1 in; 87.63 cm x 139.7 cm x 2.54 cm
chest: 24 in; 60.96 cm
place made
United States: Illinois, Chicago
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Work and Industry: Production and Manufacturing
Industry & Manufacturing
American Enterprise
American Enterprise
Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of Edmund O'Connor Family through Martin O'Connor
Sewer, Andy; Allison, David; Liebhold, Peter; Davis, Nancy; Franz, Kathleen G.. American Enterprise: A History of Business in America

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