Beautifully engraved RARE specimen certificate from Automatic Retailers of America
printed in 1969. This historic document was printed by American Bank Note Company and has an
ornate border around it with a vignette of an allegorical woman. This item has the printed signature of the Company's President, Davre Davidson and is over 41 years old.
ARAMARK Corporation (NYSE: RMK) is a professional services organization, providing award-winning food services, facilities management, hospitality services, and uniforms and career apparel to health care institutions, universities and school districts, stadiums and arenas, businesses, senior living facilities, parks and resorts, correctional institutions, conference centers, convention centers, and public safety professionals around the world. Headquartered in Philadelphia, ARAMARK has approximately 240,000 employees serving clients in 19 countries.
In FORTUNE magazine's 2006 list of "America's Most Admired Companies," ARAMARK was ranked number one in its industry, consistently ranking since 1998 as one of the top three most admired companies in its industry as evaluated by peers and industry analysts. The company was also ranked first in its industry in the 2006 Fortune 500 survey.
History Highlights: 1936: Davre Davidson begins the Los Angeles company that will eventually become ARAMARK. 1959: Davidson and William Fishman merge their operations and the company becomes ARA (Automatic Retailers of America) 1969: ARA officially becomes ARA Services, to reflect its growing range of businesses. 1977: ARA entered the uniform business. 1983: Joseph Neubauer is elected CEO of ARA Services. 1994: ARA Services evolves into ARAMARK to reflect the change in its business relationships and its commitment to customers. 2001: ARAMARK returns to the New York Stock Exchange as a public company under the RMK ticker.
History from Wikipeida and OldCompanyResearch.com.
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.