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J.W. Mays, Inc.  (Mays Department Stores ) - New York  

J.W. Mays, Inc. (Mays Department Stores ) - New York

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Beautifully engraved RARE specimen certificate from J.W. Mays printed in the 1950's. This historic document was printed by Security-Columbian Banknote Company and has an ornate border around it with a vignette of an allegorical man and woman on the sides of a Mays Department Store . This item has the signatures of the Company's President and Secretary and is over 50 years old.

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J. W. Mays owns and leases about 10 properties in and around New York City -- mostly former MAYS department stores -- and a warehouse in central Ohio. J. W. Mays leases its properties to retail stores, restaurants, offices, and other enterprises. The department store chain, founded in 1924 by Russian immigrant Joe Weinstein, closed in 1989 when management realized the New York real estate it occupied was worth more than its struggling discount retail business. Weinstein's descendants currently control over half of the company.


About Specimens

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.

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