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CurrencyDen1
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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Southpaw
Here are a couple more tickets:

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GregAlex
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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CurrencyDen1
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.
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GregAlex
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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GregAlex
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
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.
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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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GregAlex
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
I love the German vignettes!  
Here's another advertising check for Dominion Bank Note Company dated 188x.  (DBNC-111)
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GregAlex
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.

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DonEinNY
DonEinNY wrote:
Academic Achievement.  This one is intaglio-printed.

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Who better to quote me than me!!  I found an earlier certificate from 1878 for academic achievement from the same school.  The school started in 1854 as the Brooklyn Collegiate and Polytechnic Institute, became the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn, then the Polytechnic Institute of New York, and then Polytechnic University.  With several subsequent name changes, it continues to this day as the New York University Tandon School of Engineering.

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GregAlex
The Ladies in the Clouds! You found them! Back in June, on the Match That Vignette thread I posted a vignette proof of these female figures. No one was able to match them. I figured they would have been used on a stock certificate, but here they are on a Good Attendance certificate. Really nice piece, Don. Makes you wonder what other neat award certs were given out by Polytechnic.

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DonEinNY
Nice proof, Greg.  I guess I have to pay more attention to the "Match That Vignette" thread!

As a side note, I am impressed that the principal of the school and president of the institution remained the same from 1878 to 1892.
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CurrencyDen1
Not a lot of August Gast material out there.  Letterhead
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GregAlex
August Gast material is quite interesting! I have one check printed by this company, and you're right, there isn't a lot out there. Do you know of anything that falls into the test note/promotional note category?
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CurrencyDen1
Only one, which I don't know the dimensions.  It sold for $200.  On the scarcity scale, it would have to rank high; the demand scale may not be as high.  In my mind, this price is a bargain.  With the date typed in the bottom, it may also be a large letterhead, though you wouldn't think they would change logos.
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CurrencyDen1
Another scarce firm to find - Boston Bank Note Co.  Here's a letter announcing a change of address in 1900.
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GregAlex
Boston Bank Note? There's one I've never heard of. Probably because they only did lithography.
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Berny
GregAlex wrote:
Boston Bank Note? There's one I've never heard of. Probably because they only did lithography.
There were actually 2 Boston Bank Note Companies. Neither of which are in Hessler’s books.

The first was started by Pelton and actually did intaglio engravings starting about 1837. It used the imprint "Boston Bank Note Co. at 39 State Street." It terminated in the 1840's and was bought by The New England Bank Note Co. which used its plates for a number of obsoletes and Canadian notes. Here is an 1852 note from The St. Stephen’s Bank, New Brunswick. The central vignette has a couple of Indians relaxing in front of a generic waterfall.

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The second Boston Bank Note Co was started in 1887 and existed into the 20th century. Here are a few lithographic items from them.
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BlossomGold_BostonBankNoteCo_f1.jpg  UnitedStatesOilCo_BostonBankNoteCo_f2.jpg  Alton_BostonBankNoteCo_f1.jpg 

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