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CurrencyDen1
I found a new firm with an old promotional piece.  Whiting & Branson Engravers & Printers.
Charles Whiting partnered with Robert Branson in 1822.  Branson died in 1827, but Branson’s son continued with the firm until 1829.  Mr. Whiting married the widow of Sir William Congreve.  The Whiting firm was famous for use of the Congreve anti-forgery method of production (Whiting controlled the Patents), compound plate printing and embossing.  While the Congreve method did find use as tax stamps on country banknotes, the primary use was lottery tickets and paper-duty labels.  Here's the one at the Met Museum.  A better example sold for $700 in 2019 on Catawiki.
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CurrencyDen1
Finally, the 1st W L Ormsby test note, a Rail Road Bank salesman's sample.  A similar actual bank did exist, the Erie and Kalamazoo Rail Road Bank of Adrian Michigan.  The notes produced for this bank were made by Toppan, Carpenter, Casilear & Co.  The salesman's sample produced by W L Ormsby shows the shorted name Rail Road Bank, but still in Adrian.  While it looks like a remainder, the shortened name and that it is printed on card stock makes it a salesman's sample - the first note attributed for the test note catalogs.  I like the train and steam ship vignette!  The note sold for nearly $800.
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GregAlex
I love that last one! And would probably not have even guessed it was a sample note if you hadn't pointed it out. Great stuff!
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CurrencyDen1
I received 2 LARGE Bradbury Wilkinson promotional notes in the mail today, one was free! 😃  And I bought the Da Vinci on auction for well below catalog price.  I had no idea it has UV inks on both sides until I checked mine.  Both notes are 4 1/2" x 9 1/2".
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GregAlex
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CurrencyDen1
Western Bank Note "Census Cards"  Promotional notes? 
Promotional in nature - check
List firm involved - check
Banknote paper - nope, card
For a specific even - nope (not FSO?)
I would post a poll here, but I don't know how!  Whatcha think?  Others known?
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GregAlex
These have been a question mark for me for years. I found one for Oregon on ebay long ago (did not win it) and later learned from a collector friend that WBNC had created these for each of the 48 states at the time (1910). They don't qualify as forerunner souvenir cards (not a souvenir of any event). Census related? Possibly. Promotional items for WBNC? Seems unlikely that they would print that many different items to giveaway -- and there's nothing on the back (correct?). I think the most likely possibility is these were an attempt at a retail educational product, maybe marketed to schools. I welcome other guesses!
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GregAlex
Well, look what I found! I discovered a folder of scans I had made at last summer's ANA show in Chicago. This is an unlisted broadsheet from lithographer Edward Mendel. Sorry - I did not record the dimensions.

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CurrencyDen1
Well done, sir! Yet another great unattributed note.  I only have 4 other notes attributed to Mendel.
I wish I had been a mouse in your pocket that trip!  You found a TROVE of great material.  You got me missing the big shows, no ANY shows now...
Here is my favorite Mendel promotional note.
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CurrencyDen1
Here's a promotional sheet from G. Wayman.  Won't add it to the catalogs, but attractive nonetheless.
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CurrencyDen1
A new discovery of a firm with test/promotional notes, the 261st for the catalog.

Dondorf & Naumann

Founded in 1850 the company Dondorf & Naumann was formed with Dondorf’s former teacher who specialized in the printing of banknotes, securities and postage stamps. In addition to Giesecke & Devrient, it was the leading banknote printer in Germany. The company produced banknotes of the Frankfurter Bank, Württembergische Notenbank, Meininger Bank, Badische Bank and Bayerischen Notenbank. In addition, they printed stamps for the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg and the Thurn and Taxis Post. In 1870, Dondorf & Naumann received an order for the Japanese government to produce 200 million banknotes.

DN-101.jpg  Circa 1830s, circle machine example
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GregAlex
What a great sheet! A rough Google translation of the text at the bottom:
"Samples of the circular machine in connection with Line-wave machine and the device for small circles and rosettes."
I've seen videos of rosette machines -- the one that made this must have been a marvel!
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GregAlex
I found this image online a while back, but can't recall where. It appears to be engraved. I don't know whether this would be considered a business card or a small promotional sheet. What do you think, Roland? It looks larger than a business card, but I don't have any dimensions.

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CurrencyDen1
A good question.  We don't know if it's card stock material or what the dimensions are.  A. L. Helm was of course the Superintendent of the ABNC Cincinnati branch in the late 1800s.
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CurrencyDen1
I found more Charles Whiting promotional pieces.  Several Congreve patent notes are attributed & were mentioned in prior posts.  Charles Whiting (Beaufort House Press) was famous for the use of this anti-counterfeiting method.
All but the first two were removed from ''THE ROYAL CAMEO SCRAP BOOK OF EMBOSSED HEADS''
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All but the first two have "Whiting Patentee" on the border.  A little pricy - $400 to $600.
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GregAlex
Those are all really beautiful. Were these on auction somewhere?
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CurrencyDen1
It was an auction archive for a British auction house.  Some did not sell, but most sold for the $400-$600 each range I mentioned.
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CurrencyDen1
New August Gast Bank Note & Lithographing Co.  This new promotional note is only the 2nd for Gast.  Note it displays both the St. Louis & New York addresses.
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GregAlex
That lovely lady in the lower right is on a stock I have for the FNB of Springfield, KY. But it has no printer's notation, so it may have been a knock-off of a Gast design.

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CurrencyDen1
I've shown this gorgeous British American Bank Note Company promotional note before, cataloging for $3900.
This one I own 🙂
If only it were real!  It's the cover sheet for a 1999 securities calendar for R. M. Smith & Co.  Each month shows a nice, vintage stock as well.  The dimensions are 9" x 12".  
Greg is awaiting an even better calendar from BABNC I can't wait to see!
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If only we could get someone to print that BABN calendar in intaglio -- I might even buy one or two. 😁
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CurrencyDen1
GregAlex wrote:
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?

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Notice Kihn Brothers lists 6 color borders available.  I now own the sample booklet of these 6 colors!  Here's a sample front side.
KILN-101af.jpg  Here's a sample reverse side.
KILN-101cr.jpg  The booklet is stapled together & I couldn't convince myself to remove the staple, even for better images.  This is blue #51.  Odd thing, numbering the 6 colors with 1, 10, 51, 181, 200, & 223.  Are there 217 other colors available?  Some how I doubt it.
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