Beautiful engraved specimen certificate from the American Air Filter Company
dated in 1969. This historic document was printed by American Bank Note Company and has an
ornate border around it with a vignette of two allegorical men flanking the company's logo. This item has the printed signatures of the company's officers and is over 37 years old.
History from Wikipeida and OldCompanyResearch.com.
AAF International traces its roots to Bill Reed, a skilled engineer and clever entrepreneur who recognized in 1921 that cleaning the air was critical to the growth of society, the development of technology, and the protection of human health. He developed the Reed Air Filter which represented the initial step in building an international company that globally dominates the air filtration industry – AAF International.
Today, selling under the AAF® and AmericanAirFilter® brand names, AAF clean air products and systems offer the most comprehensive clean air solutions available in the world. Our products are the industry benchmarks for quality and performance, from simple roughing filters, to air pollution control, to gas containment removal, to the highest efficiency filters used in the most stringent clean environments.
From its world headquarters in Louisville, Kentucky, AAF maintains operations in 22 countries with more than 2,600 employees worldwide and has sales offices in 260 countries. AAF is supported in its international ventures through the resources of its parent company OYL Industries Berhad, based in Malaysia. OYL is a member of the Hong Leong Group, Malaysia, a multinational conglomerate involved in diversified businesses throughout the world.
Specimen Certificates are actual certificates that have never been issued. They were usually kept by the printers in their permanent archives as their only example of a particular certificate. Sometimes you will see a hand stamp on the certificate that says "Do not remove from file".
Specimens were also used to show prospective clients different types of certificate designs that were available. Specimen certificates are usually much scarcer than issued certificates. In fact, many times they are the only way to get a certificate for a particular company because the issued certificates were redeemed and destroyed. In a few instances, Specimen certificates we made for a company but were never used because a different design was chosen by the company.
These certificates are normally stamped "Specimen" or they have small holes spelling the word specimen. Most of the time they don't have a serial number, or they have a serial number of 00000. This is an exciting sector of the hobby that grown in popularity over the past several years.