The thread title, Paper With Presence, references a book written by authors Mark Bernstein and William Hoest, and documents 100 Years of the rich history behind the Gilbert Family and the manufacturing of quality bond and security paper.
My search started just after receiving my autographed copy of Robert Azpiazu’s guide to Modern Federal Reserve Notes 1963-2009. Immediately following the Acknowledgments, Dedication, Forward and Introduction, on page 1 Series of 1963 $1 Federal Reserve Notes was C60800001 - C61440000A Gilbert unknown. What was this, I thought ? This was news to me.
Two years later and countless hours of research, phone conversations, emails and a Government FOIA request, I found my mythological unicorn. Advertised for sale on a BST thread on the old CU forum from member TexasNationals. I PM’d a heartfelt message pleading my case to purchase the note and pamphlet, promising not to flip the sale and guaranteed the note and pamphlet a safe place in my collection. My prayers were answered and now the note and pamphlet were mine. I actually got to talk with Darlene Robinson of Menasha Wisconsin. Darlene and her husband Bill were on the manufacturing floor at the BEP watching security paper made by the Gilbert Paper Company being turned into United States one dollar Federal Reserve notes, series 1963, the inaugural series for small-size $1 FRNs.
All of the research led me to write an article for Paper Money magazine (SPMC) and introduced me to countless collectors and individuals with additional information. The many parts and pieces behind the mystery leading to the educational contract to supply the BEP with security paper for the printing of United States currency. I love this note and all of its baggage.
This page from Robert’s guide started it all.
Darlene sent me copies of the handwritten records kept at the Gilbert Paper Company’s administration building where they kept the notes printed on their security paper. Records showing serial numbers, quantity and executive authorization.
Derek Moffitt sent me copies of the index cards used at the BEP’s record office with remarks about the use of Gilbert Security paper, delivery date and serial number range.
This is the note and pamphlet.