Beautiful uncancelled certificate from the Gal Friday Services, Inc
issued in 1969. This historic document was printed by Security-Columbian Banknote Company and has an
ornate border around it with a vignette of the company logo. This item has the printed signatures of the Company's President and Secretary and is over 44 years old.
Gal Friday Services, Inc. sold franchises for temporary help services. Sometimes Offensive. a woman who acts as a general assistant in a business office or to an executive and has a wide variety of especially secretarial and clerical duties.
"Girl Friday/ Gal Friday" is a derivation of Robinson Crusoe's "Man Friday". From here (http://phrases.shu.ac.uk/bulletin_board/20/messages/1364.html):
MAN FRIDAY/ GIRL FRIDAY – A man Friday is: “An efficient and devoted aide or employee; a right-hand man. Friday is a character in Daniel Defoe’s novel, ‘The Life and Strange Surprising Adventures of Robinson Crusoe, of York, Mariner,’ published 1719-1720. Friday is the young native man rescued by Robinson Crusoe, certainly the best-known castaway in literature…(Crusoe) calls him ‘man Friday’ because he met him on a Friday… ‘Girl Friday’ is a term, now frowned upon, for a resourceful female assistant, made popular by the classic 1940 comedy adaptation of ‘The Front Page’ (His Girl Friday) starting Rosalind Russell as an ace reporter and Cary Grant as her cynical editor and ex-husband…” From the “Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Allusions” by Elizabeth Webber and Mike Feinsilber (Merriam-Webster, Springfield, Mass., 1999)
In 1932, Walter Winchell column which ended with "your gal Friday" referring to a secretary.
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