Beautifully engraved hard to find specimen stock certificate from Republic Airlines, Inc. . This historic document was printed by the Security-Columbian United States Banknote Company and has an ornate border around it with a vignette of an allegorical woman between two globes. This item has the printed signatures of the Company's President, Daniel F. May and Secretary.
Northwest Airlines originally known as Northwest Airways began operations in 1926 as an airmail carrier providing airmail service to the United States Postal Services. In 1934, Northwest Airways reincorporated as Northwest Airlines. Republic Airlines had acquired North Central Airlines, Southern Airways and Hughes Airwest in the late 1970's and early 1980's in its efforts to remain viable in the market. However, Republic Airlines continued to have great difficulties. In 1986, Northwest Airlines acquired Republic Airlines. History from Wikipedia and OldCompany.com (old stock certificate research service) 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.