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GregAlex
Some of the most eye catching and ornately engraved items were those that the bank note companies produced to promote themselves. These were essentially advertisements that were either given to potential clients or posted (usually framed) in prominent places for customers to see. These were intended to impress, but also used as tools for salesmen to point out vignettes and ornaments that a client might want to use on their own products. This type of material is cataloged in “The Catalog of Printers' Test Notes” by Roland Rollins. Although these broadsheets and such are not traditionally considered test notes, they often served the same promotional purpose.

I often come across these sheets when I'm searching for souvenir cards and forerunners. I thought it would be interesting to post some of these on their own thread. Here are some images I've captured recently -- they are not part of my collection.

ABN poster 8.5x11.jpg  ABNC ad card in Spanish.jpg  ABNC Cincinnati ad card.jpg  BABN sheet.jpg  Brooks Bank Note front.jpg  Continental ad card Washington.jpg  Homer Lee ad card Washington.jpg  Toppan Carpenter ad card.jpg 
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CurrencyDen1
The British American broadside is a beauty!  The catalog number for this is BABG-141b.  The reason the alpha prefix is BABG is that B A Bank Note Group is the other name they went by.  Best guess with the board officers listed at the bottom is 1866.  The huge sheet is 130x208mm.  The BABG-141a red version of this note is 222x299mm!  The b variety is the most sought after, fetching $4000.

The Brooks broadside BBNG-112 was produced about 1895.  No mention of dimensions in the sale, which was about $200.

The Homer Lee is HOME-111a.  Both the "a" and "b" variety (green) are seen at auction somewhat regularly and fetch about $415.  No one has listed the dimensions on this note either!

The Toppan Carpenter broadside, TCC-111 is one of 3 known notes cataloged to date.  The firm was formed in 1845, so that's the oldest the note could be.  Again, no one is listing the dimensions for me!  (I'm not REALLY taking it personally).  Not a common note, yet sold for a bargain around $900 on last sale.

Some of the others may be business or trade cards, which I do not list in the catalogs.  Boy would that open the dam for a bunch of nice samples!  It is difficult to tell these sometimes unless the seller lists the dimensions or pronounces the piece a business card.  

I saved the best for last!  Greg is already listed in the acknowledgement section of the work in progress - 200 Years of North American Bank Note Promotional Sheets & Test Notes, a catalog tentatively set for release in March 2020.  He added a slew of British American Bank Note calendars and several other broadsides.  His latest find is his first post here!  The ABNC broadside sports the Philadelphia address and is an impressive new addition for the catalogs.  The new listing is ABNC-542, joining another broadside with the Philadelphia address.  Thanks Greg!

I add now another British American broadside, BABG-142a even larger than the beauty Greg listed.  It measures 254x381 and last sold for about $3500.
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GregAlex
Oh my, that one I would love to see in person. What a superb layout!

You mention that you don't list trade cards or business cards in the catalog. Some of these promotional pieces are hard to categorize - how to you draw the line?
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CurrencyDen1
So true, many promotional pieces are difficult to decide whether to include in my catalogs or not.  If a promotional piece is already attributed with another group, it's a definite ban.  I am not an expert or active in other groups, so some pieces may slip through and need to be removed as found.  After all, the central point of my catalogs is to provide a standardized numbering system for numismatic pieces not presently cataloged.  I do not list business cards.  While there is a need & place for these to be cataloged somewhere, I don't because there is usually only lettering with no vignettes since they are so small.  At best, many have a company logo.  Trade cards COULD fit into the catalogs: larger with some vignettes.  Certainly they are promotional or advertising in nature.  Of course trade cards produced by security printing firms for other firms will not be included.

Here is the latest find (yesterday).  It is presently on auction here:
https://auction.archivesinternational.com/Republic-Bank-Note-Company-ND-ca-1920-30-s-Plate-Destruction-Final-Proof_i33446360

It is personally my favorite of the 4 known Republic promotional notes.
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CurrencyDen1
Here's my latest acquisition (today!) from Archives - Bradbury-Wilkinson William Hogarth test note.  
BW-282a, reverse “Industry and Idleness” .  This wide margin version is 151x239 mm, valued at $300.  Couldn't pass it up bidding it up to $56.50 with postage!
BW-282f.jpg  BW-282r.jpg 
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GregAlex
I really like the ornate engraving on that one! You might want to also post it on this thread:
http://www.papermoneyforum.com/post/anyone-collect-test-notes-8298855
And I also saw that Republic BNC sheet on the AI sale. There's some nice stuff there this time.

On this forum you will tend to find a mindset that test notes follow the appearance of an actual banknote, while broadsheets and adverts are their own animals. Since banknotes are more specific to paper money, those threads usually show up on the main forum. If you do a search for "test notes" you'll find other topics.

Personally, I like them all!
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GregAlex
Here are a couple of items that are usually referred to as "calendar headers" although I don't think I've seen any calendars with them attached. Perhaps there were other uses for them.

ABNC header ad.jpg 
Dominion BN header 2.jpg 


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GregAlex
This one is currently on eBay -- BUT, unfortunately, it is only a photograph of the broadsheet. It's also a little cropped at the bottom.
https://www.ebay.com/itm/Durand-Co-Sample-Sheet-1800s-Photograph/202696914387?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&_trksid=p2055359.m1431.l2649

Still, it's a beautiful sheet and I don't see it in the catalog.

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CurrencyDen1
The original note does exist.  DC-111 sold for $235.  Here is the real note.
DC-111.jpg 
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CurrencyDen1
The newest find of a bank note printer related firm producing promotional or test notes notes is Forbes Lithograph Manufacturing Company.  This makes 225 such firms attributed.
They focused on lithography, embossing, Albertype process printing, typesetting, copper and steel plate printing, and photolithography. At its height, Forbes Lithograph Manufacturing Company had over 70 presses located in Boston, New York, Chicago, and London, and staffed more than 600 workers, including 60 designers, artists, engravers, and lithograph artists. 
The only bank notes produced were during WWII, but those produced were of substantial quantity - 4,000,000,000+ Allied military notes....
FORB-101.jpg 
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GregAlex
Forbes! I've heard of them. Forbes put secret marks on the Allied Military Currency they printed, to distinguish it from AMC printed by the Russians. There's some great info about it on this old thread:
https://www.papermoneyforum.com/post/help-with-mpc-8597198?highlight=forbes+secret&pid=1296493793
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CurrencyDen1

So here's a rather modern version of the Da Vinci series from Bradbury-Wilkinson that has been unearthed. 
BW-138r.jpg  BW-138f.jpg 

The note was written for the Crosfield Business Machines Ltd, with English, French, & German on the reverse .

Crosfield was formed in 1966 and was owned at one time by De La Rue from 1974 to 1989, as Bradbury-Wilkinson was eventually.  BW was using the Da Vinci vignette on calendars at least back to 1978.  DLR acquired BW in 1986.  Soooo, does that mean it was issued during the time both firms were owned by DLR (1986-1989)?  But other BW test notes released after DLR bought them have both firms listed on the notes.  Maybe Bradbury-Wilkinson already had business ties to Crosfield.  I reached out to a Crosfield retiree, but he was not involved in that part of the business.

As can be guessed, with a catalog # of BW-138, there have been 8 notes attributed with the Da Vinci vignette.
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GregAlex
I haven't heard of Crosfield before. I wonder what a "3 pocket document reader and sorter" might be -- perhaps for bank check processing?

In the 1980's Del La Rue also made a bid to enter the U.S. bank note printing market. They tried under their own name and also used the name Federated Bank Note Co. I don't think they had much success. Are you aware of any test notes or promotional material by Federated?
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CurrencyDen1
Federated Bank Note had some success printing stock certificates, but I have no record of test notes produced by Federated.

Crosfield is a different matter!
  TDLR-108.jpg 

De La Rue made a push in the cash handling sector.  In 1975, Crosfield Electronics, maker of banknote handling systems, is acquired. In 1992, Inter Innovation, a Swedish maker of automated currency handling machines, is acquired.  DLR also bought LeFubure, Delmark, and Gemadec.  The main two divisions with DLR for cash handling systems was De La Rue Instruments and De La Rue Systems.   In all, DLR test notes for their cash handling groups (ATM Test Notes) number 141 varieties with separate notes for U.S., U.K., Canada, Germany, France, Sweden, Spain, Switzerland, Russia, & the European Union.
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CurrencyDen1
CurrencyDen1 wrote:

So here's a rather modern version of the Da Vinci series from Bradbury-Wilkinson that has been unearthed. 
BW-138r.jpg  BW-138f.jpg 

The note was written for the Crosfield Business Machines Ltd, with English, French, & German on the reverse .

Crosfield was formed in 1966 and was owned at one time by De La Rue from 1974 to 1989, as Bradbury-Wilkinson was eventually.  BW was using the Da Vinci vignette on calendars at least back to 1978.  DLR acquired BW in 1986.  Soooo, does that mean it was issued during the time both firms were owned by DLR (1986-1989)?  But other BW test notes released after DLR bought them have both firms listed on the notes.  Maybe Bradbury-Wilkinson already had business ties to Crosfield.  I reached out to a Crosfield retiree, but he was not involved in that part of the business.

As can be guessed, with a catalog # of BW-138, there have been 8 notes attributed with the Da Vinci vignette.

Date of issue solved!  Thanks to Glenn H Morgan in his Dummy Stamps quarterly issue #51, Glenn shows the same sheet with a Russian hand stamp added, dated 1970 - before DLR owned either company!
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GregAlex
Nearly all the bank note companies produced color charts, using intaglio sample vignettes to illustrate the variety of inks available. These were often assembled into booklets of 30 or more small cards, much like paint sample sheets you get at a paint store. These were kept by salesmen and sometimes given out, so they also served to promote the company.

Here are a number of color chart pages from various bank note firms.

ABNC color sample.jpg  BABN color sample.jpg  DeLaRue color sample.jpg  DeLaRue tiger sample.jpg  USBN color sample.jpg   
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CurrencyDen1
Nice color charts.  I offer now the "downsize version" of the B A Banknote Co & Thomas De La Rue.

Let me attribute Greg's first:
American Bank Note Co - ABNC-361e, 216x229mm, $375
British American Bank Note Co. - BABG-132, $25
Thomas De La Rue - TDLR-514i, 84x137mm, $70
(there's a larger version 190x228mm)
Thomas De La Rue - TDLR-422, 68x137mm, $250
United States Bank Note Co - USBNC-101i, 88x170mm, $15
 
Here's a B A Bank Note Company chart with only one vignette - same color!
BABG-131, 127x222mm, $10 
BABG-131.jpg 
Here's a Thomas De La Rue chart with only the lower vignette
TDLR-513a, 84x167mm, $60
TDLR-513af.jpg 
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CurrencyDen1
Security Bank Note Company has 4 known color chart booklets.  At least one of these has 46 color samples included.  Most of the time, these are removed & sold separately, making the number available more difficult to discern.
SBNC-111 has 22 known samples.  Here's one
SBNC-111a (2).jpg 
SBNC-141 with Steel Color at bottom
SBNC-141.jpg 
SBNC-142 has Color at bottom & Color Chart in English & Spanish
SBNC-142.jpg The newly discovered SBNC-143 has Litho Color at bottom and is the only set with rounded corners on the right corners.
SBNC-143.jpg
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CurrencyDen1
So I lost the last SBNC-143 above listed at auction on Archives.  Time to list another new find from Bradbury-Wilkinson - yet another Da Vinci.  BW-139
BW-139.jpg     
Appears to be yet another calendar, this one for Spain.  Fairly large - 255x315 mm.
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GregAlex
Oh my, that one is beautiful! Love the multi-colored ink.
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CurrencyDen1
Yup, but $200 was too rich for me.
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DaveM
If anyone has a spare of the British American Banknote #26 with the dogs, please PM me. That's a stunning image!
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CurrencyDen1
So here's the newest find of a lithographer firm that issued an advertising note.
GUG-101.jpg 

H. Gugler & Son, Bank Lithographers

German born Henry Gugler moved to New York to do freelancing as an engraver. He worked for several bank note engraving companies in New York City. In 1863 the National Note Bureau of Engraving and Printing hired him as one of their first vignette engravers. Gugler worked as a bank note engraver in Chicago in 1870. He moved to Milwaukee to join his son, Julius Gugler, who was working with Henry Seifert as a lithographer. The three artists went on to form Seifert, Gugler and Company (a.k.a. Milwaukee Lithographing and Engraving). Gugler and his son formed their own firm, H. Gugler and Son, in Milwaukee in 1878. Upon his death in 1880, Julius took over the business and continued it as the Gugler Lithographing Co. - the oldest lithographic firm in Wisconsin.  Gugler & Son produced checks and depression scrip.

While working for NNBE&P in Washington D.C. he did famous engravings of Abraham Lincoln and General Ulysses S. Grant. His life size steel engraving of President Lincoln would be his most important work and was completed in 1869 after two years of work.

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GregAlex
I realized I have a piece by Gugler Litho. This is a sample stock certificate by Kihn Brothers (KB), typically called a "blank." The frame and sometimes the vignette would be intaglio printed in bulk, then sold to a secondary printer who would add the customized text for the client, usually in offset or lithograph. In this case, Gugler Litho was the reseller and they punched their name into the certificate in the lower right.

Roland, what is the "National Note Bureau of Engraving and Printing"? Was this an early name for the BEP in DC?

Kihn Bros specimen.jpg
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postalnotes
I had posted this Homer Lee Banknote Company item in another topic, but I think it is a better fit in this topic.
Homer_Lee_Banknote_Specimen_Advertizing_obv_reduced.jpg  Homer_Lee_Banknote_Specimen_Advertizing_rev_reduced.jpg 

Researching United States Postal Notes 1883-1894.

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