Beautifully engraved SCARCE SPECIMEN certificate from the Kimberly - Clark Corporation
. This historic document was printed by the American Banknote Company around 1960 and has an
ornate border around it with a vignette of partially clothed allegorical man reading. This item has the printed signatures of the Company’s President ( John R. Kimberly ) and Treasurer.
Kimberly-Clark is a leading global manufacturer of tissue, personal care and health care products with manufacturing facilities in 42 countries and product sales in more than 150. Employing more than 64,000 people worldwide, Kimberly-Clark posted sales of $14.5 billion in 2001. The company's brands include Kleenex, Kotex, Scott, Depend, Huggies and Pull-Ups. Nearly one-fourth of the world’s population, or 1.3 billion people, use Kimberly-Clark products each year.
John R. Kimberly (1954 - 1968) John R. Kimberly, grandson of one of the founders, led Kimberly - Clark Corporation through an aggressive program of U.S. and international acquisitions, further diversifying
Kimberly - Clark Corporation's product line and geographical distribution. He also initiated programs to increase public awareness of the company and its products, and he made the company into one team by merging the consumer products marketing arm (International Cellucotton Products Co.) into Kimberly-Clark Corporation.
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 and realized nice appreciation in value over the past several years.