Beautiful RARE specimen certificate from Dolly Madison Industries, Inc.
Company printed around 1966. This historic document was printed by the Security-Columbian Banknote Company and has an ornate border around it with a vignette of an allegorical woman. This item has the printed signatures of the Company's President, and Treasurer, Bernard T. Perry.
Dolly Madison Foods became Dolly Madison Industries, Inc. in 1966. Dolly Madison was later acquired by Hostess Brands.
Dolly Madison snacks are probably best known for their long association with characters from the Peanuts comic strip. Charlie Brown and his friends appeared on Dolly Madison packages and in television commercials in the 1970s and 1980s. The bakery was one of the sponsors of the Peanuts animated specials during that period. Each pie flavor was sold with a different character on the label. For example, Peppermint Patty was on the peach pie label, Sally Brown on the coconut cream pie, Charlie Brown on the cherry pie, Linus van Pelt on the apple pie, Lucy van Pelt on the lemon pie, Schroeder on the berry pie, and Frieda on the chocolate pie. Snoopy also appeared on the Zingers as the Zinger Zapper, Dolly Madison's answer to Hamburglar.
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About Specimen Certificates
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 were 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 has grown in popularity over the past several years.