Beautifully engraved Specimen certificate from the Kelly Girl Services
. This historic document was printed in 1962 the by Security-Columbian Banknote Company and has an
ornate border around it with a vignette of the company's logo with a woman typing. This item has the printed signatures of the Company's President, William Kelly and its Secretary.
Founded by William R. Kelly in 1946, Kelly Services has provided staffing solutions to customers in a variety of industries throughout its 59-year history. Kelly’s range of staffing solutions and geographic coverage has grown steadily over the years to match the needs of our customers. Kelly’s traditional expertise began with office services, call center, light industrial, and electronic assembly staffing. Today, Kelly also offers innovative staff management solutions for its customers, including staff leasing, outsourcing, consulting, recruitment, and vendor management services.
Kelly has evolved from a United States-focused company concentrating primarily on traditional office services into a global staffing leader with a breadth of specialty businesses. Kelly now assigns professional and technical employees in the fields of finance and accounting, education, engineering, information technology, law, science, healthcare, and home care. Kelly is the world’s largest scientific staffing provider and it ranks among the leaders in IT, engineering, and financial staffing.
Kelly Services, Inc. is a Fortune 500 company headquartered in Troy, Mich., offering staffing solutions that include temporary staffing services, staff leasing, outsourcing, vendor on-site and full-time placement. Kelly operates in 30 countries and territories. Kelly provides employment to more than 700,000 employees annually, with skills including office services, accounting, engineering, information technology, law, science, marketing, light industrial, education, health care and home care. Revenue in 2005 was $5.3 billion.
1946 William Russell Kelly opens a service bureau to meet the office clerical needs of Detroit-area businesses.
1953 Sales exceed $1 million.
1954 First office outside Michigan opens in Louisville, Kentucky.
1957 Company is renamed Kelly Girl Service, Inc.
1962 Company becomes publicly owned; stock is traded over-the-counter.
1965 Branch office opens in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
1966 Company changes name to Kelly Services, Inc.
1967 Terence E. Adderley elected President.
1968 First international office opens in Toronto, Ontario, Canada; Kelly
Services, Ltd. formed.
1972 First European office opens in Paris, France.
1973 Office opens in London, England.
Sales exceed $100 million.
1976 Acquires Home Care, Inc.
1979 Kelly Services has offices in all 50 states with the opening of the Burlington, Vermont office.
1986 Sales exceed $1 billion.
1993 $2 billion in sales.
1994 Acquires Your Staff®.
1995 Introduces PinPoint®, an innovative software teaching and testing system.
Acquires The Wallace Law Registry®.
1996 Kelly Services, Inc. celebrates 50th anniversary.
Exceeds $3 billion in sales.
History from Wikipedia.
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 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.