Pope Manufacturing Company ( Famous early bicycle maker ) Hartford, Connecticut

Pope Manufacturing Company ( Famous early bicycle maker ) Hartford, Connecticut

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Pope Manufacturing Company ( Famous early bicycle maker ) Hartford, Connecticut

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Beautifully engraved SPECIMEN certificate from the Pope Manufacturing Company. This historic document was printed by the American Banknote Company in 1909 and has an ornate border around it with a vignette of the company logo between allegorical men.
Certificate Vignette Pope Manufacturing Company was the largest manufacturer of bicycles in the world at that time. Col. Albert A. Pope was the first to build modern bicycles in America and is considered the founder of the bicycle industry in America. Pope Manufacturing Company dominated the bicycle industry in the United States with its "Columbia" model which was considered top-of-the-line. Pope had a reputation for quality. 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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