Beautifully engraved RARE SPECIMEN certificate from the Alberto - Culver Company
. This historic document was printed by the American Banknote Company and has an
ornate border around it with a vignette of Alberto VO5. This item has the printed signatures of the Company’s President ( Leonard H. Lavin ) and Secretary ( Bernice E. Lavin ).
The Alberto-Culver Company is a multi-national manufacturer and marketer of hair and skin beauty care products led by its global brands: Alberto VO5, St. Ives, and TRESemme. The company's consumer products are sold worldwide in over 120 countries. Its Sally Beauty Company, with 2,350 stores and over 550 professional sales consultants, is the largest marketer of professional beauty care products in the world.
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 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.