Beautifully engraved SPECIMEN certificate from Comprehensive Designers, Inc
. This historic document was printed by the Security-Colombian Banknote Company and has an
ornate border around it with a vignette of the company logo and an underprint of a man holding drawings and tools of the trade. This item has the printed signatures of the Company's President ( Walter Garrison ) and its Secretary.
CDI Corp. (NYSE: CDI) was incorporated on September 16, 1950, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, as Comprehensive Designers Inc., with the mission of providing quality technical and engineering services to businesses on a temporary or outsourced basis. The company's name was condensed to CDI Corporation in 1973.
The post-World War II manufacturing boom created the need for large numbers of skilled personnel with engineering, design and drafting experience. Much of that demand was spawned by project work, which meant spot labor shortages could occur seemingly overnight. The idea of filling those seats with skilled contract personnel was an innovative solution that made sense.
Walter Garrison, P.E., joined CDI in 1956 as Chief Engineer and became Chairman, President and CEO in 1961. He continues as Chairman of the Board since retiring from day-to-day management responsibilities in 1997.
Since its early years, CDI has expanded beyond its original focus on the aerospace industry to provide engineering and information technology services to a wide range of Fortune 1,000 customers in electronics, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, telecommunications and other growth industries. The company expanded its portfolio of human capital management services with the acquisition of Todays Staffing and Management Recruiters International.
CDI Corp. today comprises the world's largest search and recruitment organization and is a leading provider of staffing, outsourcing and consulting services. In 2001, nearly 100,000 people worked on company assignments, including specialists in information technology, engineering and engineering support, and legal, administrative and office support, and MRI placed another 45,000 people in a wide range of careers.
In 2001, CDI had revenues of approximately $1.5 billion. CDI and its franchisees operate more than 1,400 offices in 28 countries.
History from company press information.
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.