Beautifully engraved SPECIMEN certificate from the Ramada Inns, Inc.
This historic document was printed by the American Banknote Company and has an
ornate border around it with a vignette of an allegorical woman in front of a Ramada Inn. This item has the printed signatures of the Company’s President and founder Marion W. Isbell.
The Ramada brand was created in Flagstaff, Ariz., in 1954 and founded by Marion W. Isbell. In 1990, Cendant Corporation, formerly HFS Incorporated, acquired the brand.
An established part of the American landscape for over four decades, the Ramada® chain continues to build on years of consumer recognition, confidence and loyalty. Ramada hotels are classified under three distinct tiers for the discerning business traveler and vacationer: Limited, Inns and Plaza Hotels. Ramada Business Class Rooms meet the special needs of business travelers. Ramada amenities include television with remote, AM/FM alarm clock/radio, data port, coffee maker, and hairdryer.
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.