Bell Industries, Inc.
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Beautifully engraved SPECIMEN certificate from the Bell Industries, Inc. This historic document was printed by the Jeffries Banknote Company and has an ornate border around it with a vignette of an allegorical man holding a book and the company logo. This item has the printed signatures of the Companys President and Secretary.
Certificate Vignette Founded in 1952, Bell Industries primary business, the Tech.logix Group, provides information technology lifecycle services including strategic sourcing, technology integration, and product support, principally to middle market companies. Bell also distributes after-market parts and accessories to the recreational vehicle market and manufactures specialized products for the computer and electronics industry. From its beginning in 1958, Bell Industries Inc, Recreational Products Group, is today one of the most diverse leaders in the recreational products distribution business. Located in a small corner building in St. Paul, Minnesota, Midwest Mobile Home Supply, as it was then known, was a one-man retail service outlet for the mobile home industry. It soon became apparent to its founder that there was a tremendous need in the area for a reliable distributor of these products. Midwest Mobile Home Supply began to move in that direction and in the early sixties became a full-fledged distributor of mobile home and recreational vehicle products. Snowmobile parts and accessories were added in 1963 prompting a name change to Midwest Specialties. Shortly thereafter motorcycle and ATV products were included as Midwest Specialties continued with its diversification strategy About Specimens 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.
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