Beautifully engraved specimen certificate from the Marcus Corporation
. This historic document was printed by American Bank Note Company and has an
ornate border around it with a vignette of the company's logo. This item has the printed signatures of the Company's President and Secretary.
The Marcus Corporation was founded by Ben Marcus in 1935 with the opening of a single movie theatre in Ripon, Wisconsin. This marked the start of what would become one of the nation’s leading entertainment and lodging companies. Today, The Marcus Corporation is a publicly held company listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol MCS. Ben’s son, Stephen H. Marcus, is chairman and chief executive officer of the company.
The Marcus Corporation has two divisions, Marcus Theatres and Marcus Hotels and Resorts. Marcus Theatres currently owns or manages about 500 screens at 46 locations in Wisconsin, Illinois, Minnesota and Ohio, and one family entertainment center in Wisconsin.
Marcus Theatres’ facilities are leaders in their markets, offering the latest amenities and technology including stadium seating and digital sound. The company serves moviegoers in major markets including Milwaukee and Madison, Wisconsin, the Twin Cities, greater Chicago and Columbus, Ohio.
The Marcus Corporation’s full-service lodging division, Marcus Hotels and Resorts, currently owns or manages 11 hotels and resorts in Wisconsin, California, Minnesota, Missouri and Texas, and one vacation club in Wisconsin. Marcus Hotels and Resorts has a distinctive portfolio of properties that includes the Pfister Hotel and Hilton Milwaukee City Center in Milwaukee; the Grand Geneva Resort & Spa in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin; the Hilton Madison at Monona Terrace in Madison, Wisconsin; and the Hotel Phillips in Kansas City, Missouri.
The Marcus Corporation has earned a reputation for excellence. For nearly 70 years, the company’s dedicated associates have provided guests with exceptional quality and outstanding service as part of its dedication to “People Pleasing People.” It is this pledge that makes The Marcus Corporation a leader in the entertainment and lodging industries today.
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.