Beautiful engraved specimen certificate from the City of Fort Lauderdale General Refunding Bond
dated in 1936. This historic document was printed by Western Bank Note Company and has an
ornate border around it with a vignette of an eagle. This item is over 71 years old.
Fort Lauderdale, known as the "Venice of America" due to its expansive and intricate canal system, is a city in Broward County, Florida, United States. The city is known for its abundant beaches, bars, yachts, night clubs, performing arts, and downtown museums. The city's population is described as metropolitan, where diverse culture is commonplace. According to the 2004 U.S. Census Bureau's Estimates, the city had a population of 164,578. Annexation of unincorporated areas in 2005 has boosted the city population to 170,823. It is the county seat of Broward County, and forms a part of the South Florida metropolitan area.
Fort Lauderdale has a Commission-Manager form of government. City policy is set by a city commission of five elected members; the mayor and four district commission members. Administrative functions are performed by a City manager, who is appointed by the city commission. Fire & EMS Services are provided by Fort Lauderdale Fire-Rescue Department
Mayors of Fort Lauderdale
The mayor of Fort Lauderdale serves a three-year term, no greater than six consecutive terms, for a total of eighteen years. The current and longest-ever serving mayor, Jim Naugle, will be ineligible for reelection in 2009.
Mayor-Council Government (1912 - 1925)
Mayor was appointed from the Council.
19121913 W.H. Marshall
19131914 George B. Matthews
19141913 Dr. C.G. Holland
19161918 Will J. Reed
1918 James S. Richard
19181919 Will J. Reed
19191923 C.E. Farrington
19221924 R. G. Snow
19241925 Will J. Reed
Mayor-Commission Government (1925 - 1982)
Mayor was appointed from the Commission for a two year term
19251927 J.W. Tidball
19271929 C.D. Kittridge
19291931 T.E. Haskins
19311933 J.W. Needham
19331934 E.A. Pychon (resigned 1934)
19341935 M.A. Hortt
19351937 Lewis E. Moore
19371939 Thomas B. Manuel
19391941 Lewis E. Moore
19411942 H. L. McCann (resigned 1942)
19421943 N.B. Cheaney
19431945 Joe N. Morris
19471949 Reed A. Bryan
19491951 F.R. Humphries
19511953 Lewis E. Moore (resigned 1953)
19531955 C. Malcolm Carlisle
19551957 Porter G. Reynolds
19571960 John V. Russell (resigned 1960)
19601961 Edward H. Johns
19611963 Edmund R. Burry
19631965 Melvin R. "Cy" Young
19651969 Edmund R. Burry
19691971 F. Peter Clements
19711973 James L. Leavitt
19731975 Virginia S. Young
19751981 E. Clay Shaw, Jr.
19811982 Virginia S. Young
19821986 Robert A. Dressler
Mayor-Commission Government (1986 - present)
Mayor is elected in city-wide race, serving a maximum of 6 terms , each consisting of 3 years .
19861991 Robert O. "Bob" Cox
19912009 James T. "Jim" Naugle
History from Wikipedia 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".
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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.