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CurrencyDen1

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I shudder to enter my collecting passion of Test Notes in a link labeled "Oddball bank note products", but here I go.  Maybe this makes me oddball....
WW-101.jpg  A couple of reasons to show this William W. Wilson Engraving & Printing test note.
  • It WAS the only test note attributed from the firm, but that is no longer the case.  Another identical one has their 23 Court Street, Boston instead of the 17 Doane Street, Boston address this one sports.
  • The rest of the story on this firm!  Wilson was arrested in 1853 in Boston for counterfeiting a Merchants Bank of Boston and Tradesmans' Bank, Chelsea, banknotes and was testified against by Pelton, a banknote engraver and firm owner as well as Alderman Isaac Cary of the New England BNC. He was held for $17,000 bail, was in default of bail and committed to jail.  The fine would be $541,110 in today's dollar.
Both test notes (WW-101b shown & WW-101a) fetch about $2000 when available.

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Here are a couple more tickets:

1901PanAmerican-2.jpg  1901PanAmerican-1.jpg 

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Roland, for traditional test notes you would probably want to post on this thread:
http://www.papermoneyforum.com/post/anyone-collect-test-notes-8298855?

But for promotional broadsides and such, this is the right venue. Feel free to start a separate thread on these if you like. I, for one, would love to see others!

That is a wonderful sheet -- I'm entirely ignorant when it comes to Wilson. Very interesting back story! Engravers were among the best paid employees at the various bank note firms. Apparently that wasn't enough for Wilson. I recognize quite of few of those vignettes -- were they all engraved by him?
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Here's the latest broadside I found.  Both Crane and ABNC are printed on the sheet, so I attribute the note with a "D" prefix to designate multiple firms involved in the production.  Broadsides rarely have two.  Test notes, not so!  I have recorded up to SIX firms collaborating on a test note.  The catalog numbers for this one are: CRAN-212D and ABNC-372D.
It sold for $140 + buyer's premium & fees.  Archives International estimated an 1890 to 1920 issue date.
CRAN-212.jpg 

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Another beauty I haven't seen before! And a specimen, to boot.

Just for you, Roland, I am starting a new thread to showcase these:
http://www.papermoneyforum.com/post/bank-note-promotional-material-10149314

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Here are a couple question marks. These specimen bank checks printed by Western Bank Note Company were intended show off Crane Paper. Does that qualify them as a test notes?

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CurrencyDen1

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Greg,
They qualify for me!  
  • Specimen fiscal documents
  • Promoting TWO bank note industry firms
  • Nice vignettes!  (not required, but hay!)
Here's a broadside of a bunch of sample checks, including the lithographer. (TLS-122).  TLS-121 follows - a Specimen Script Note Broadside also from the 1870s.
TLS-122.jpg   
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In 1874 German-born and -trained lithographer Theodore Leonhardt (1818-1877) entered into partnership with his son Arno (1850-1909) after over twenty years in the Philadelphia lithographic trade. Leonhardt, a producer of certificates, bonds, checks, diplomas, cards, letterheads, and labels continued to specialize in bank and mercantile lithography after his son joined him in managing the business.
Theo. Leonhardt & Son. Commercial Lithography
324 Chestnut St. , Philadelphia PA


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You might find this thread interesting...

http://www.papermoneyforum.com/post/bank-check-sample-by-german-printer-9875360?pid=1305935371
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CurrencyDen1

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I love the German vignettes!  
Here's another advertising check for Dominion Bank Note Company dated 188x.  (DBNC-111)
DBNC-111.jpg 

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Back to oddball products. Travellers checks weren't particularly odd, in fact some were quite attractive, like these printed by ABNC for Wells Fargo. These are actually modern reprints from the original plates, but not in their original colors. I'm still happy to have them.

Wells Fargo Trav Check reprint 10.jpg 
Wells Fargo Trav Check reprint 20.jpg 
Wells Fargo Trav Check reprint 50.jpg 
Wells Fargo Trav Check reprint 100.jpg 
Wells Fargo Trav Check reprint 200.jpg

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