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Posted 04/23/2017   3:14 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add 1typesetter to your friends list  Get a Link to this Message
Some ABN Specimens I came across I'd like to share:





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Posted 04/24/2017   05:39 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add revenuermd to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Lovely material to fill out the larger story of the private die proprietaries.

Not to beat the dead horse of what is a facsimile, the John F. Henry item is from a firm that used a private die proprietary stamp. By no stretch this does not imitate their private die stamp, but presumably honors the founder of the firm. I find it hard to call this a facsimile. Yet this in no way diminishes the appeal and importance of the larger story of this and so many other similar paper items that were an important part of the branding of their product. Branding remains an important part of the marketing of products and goods today and finds its roots even further back in time to the late nineteenth century.
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Posted 05/19/2017   12:10 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add GregAlex to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Typically, American Bank Note would include a small imprint on their products to "brand" them. I only see that on the middle stamp. Do you know for certain the other two are ABN?
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Posted 05/19/2017   07:26 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add 1typesetter to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Basically just from researching past auctions and articles. Maybe some of the experts here can provide a clearer explanation. Obviously the bottom one incorporates many of the components of the middle one so even though it doesn't say so I would assume it also to be an ABN specimen.

Maybe the ABN imprint was at the bottom of the sheet rather than on each individual stamp? Just a theory.
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Posted 05/19/2017   07:40 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add revcollector to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
In addition to the ABN logo, the label in the middle is clearly engraved; the bottom label almost certainly is not so I suspect that ABN did not create it. The middle label was clearly created after the 1906 Pure Food and Drug Laws, and the bottom one probably was as well.
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Posted 05/19/2017   08:29 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add 1typesetter to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Here's another similar one:



This one from Dick Keiser's website. Can't tell if this one is engraved or not.
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I see halftone dots in both the Perry Davis labels. I suspect neither is genuine, or very late versions of the label. Does anyone know when the firm ceased making these products?

Attached is another version from my collection. It is engraved.



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Apparently at least into the 40's with screw top bottles, with the same labels as the bottom example.

https://www.google.com/search?q=dav...IhG3_RUrVSM:
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That would explain the lithographed labels.
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