Quaker State Oil Refining Corporation - Delaware

Quaker State Oil Refining Corporation - Delaware

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Quaker State Oil Refining Corporation - Delaware
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Beautifully engraved SPECIMEN certificate from the Quaker State Oil Refining Corporation . This historic document was printed by the Security-Columbian Banknote Company and has an ornate border around it with a vignette of a quaker standing in front of an oil refinery. This item has the printed signatures of the Company's President and Treasurer.
Certificate Vignette Quaker State is a world-class leader in providing quality lubricants and complete lubricant services for both commercial and consumer market segments. The company's rich history begins in 1859 with a small marketing company that produced petroleum products to lubricate steam engines, machinery and wagons. In 1913, Chicago entrepreneur and stockbroker Charles Pape brought together 19 small oil companies in Oil City, Pennsylvania to create a new corporation, Quaker State Oil Refining Corporation. As the nation entered the mechanical age, oil became the lifeblood of industry and transportation. Companies such as Quaker State found consumers clamoring for its products. The invention of the "horseless carriage" resulted in specific product innovations required by the new internal combustion engines. Automobile makers quickly discovered that engine efficiency increased with high operating temperatures, yet no oil on the market could handle the heat. The Franklin Automobile Company was desperate for a quality motor oil for its cars. Quaker State sent the company samples of its new, high-quality oil and it proved so successful that from 1914 on, every Franklin leaving the factory was fitted with a custom five-quart can of Quaker State® motor oil under the front seat. With a focus of staying ahead of industrial developments and continually making product improvements, Quaker State set the stage for rapid growth. In 1936, the Standard Oil Company (now Exxon) became Quaker State's exclusive sales agency in the Midwest. Soon after, all Standard Oil stations across the nation exclusively offered Quaker State® motor oil. World War II caused the demand for Quaker State® products to reach new heights. The military favored the Quaker State® brand because the company had already begun to develop and use additives to make improved and special blends that provided superior performance. In 1940 and 1941, the company introduced "Stabilized Quaker State® Motor Oil" and "Quaker State® HD, High Detergency Oil." Advertisements to consumers touted Quaker State® as the "the champagne of motor oils." After the war, automakers began to increase horsepower and the size of cars. Keeping pace with these developments, Quaker State® products included a combination of anti-wear, anti-rust, anti-corrosive and high detergency properties. During the mid-'50s, Quaker State began marketing its products through the new burgeoning mass merchandise retailers. Supporting this broad new base of distribution, the advertising slogan, "Quaker State your car," made the brand a household name. The Corporation's first diversification came in 1964 when Quaker State acquired Truck-Lite Company, a firm specializing in safety lighting for the commercial trucking industry. This was representative of the company's belief in actively pursuing business opportunities that capitalized on its strong sales, distribution and customer service competencies in the automotive aftermarket. Innovation and growth continued through the '70s and '80s with Quaker State shaking up the industry again in 1984 when it became the first motor oil sold in convenient, economical plastic bottles. The bottles have continued to evolve, with the introduction of environment-conscious bottles that incorporate 20 percent recycled plastic and fully recyclable in-mold plastic labels in 1992. Also, the color of the new bottles changed from traditional white to green. Quaker State expanded into the consumer service sector in 1985 when it bought Minit-Lube Inc. (now Q Lube) based in Salt Lake City. On December 30, 1998, Quaker State Corporation was merged with Pennzoil Company's marketing, manufacturing and fast oil change businesses to form Pennzoil-Quaker State Company, a worldwide leader in consumer automotive products and vehicle care. On October 1, 2002, the acquisition of Pennzoil-Quaker State Company by Shell Oil Products US, an affiliate of the Royal Dutch/Shell Group of Companies, was completed. Combining Shell's networks and infrastructure and Pennzoil-Quaker State Company's leading motor oil brands, portfolio of car care brands and Jiffy Lube stores, the new company is a leader in the U.S. lubricants and car care business. 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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