The Container Corporation of America was originally based in Chicago, Illinois and a sister company to Montgomery Ward under the Marcor, Inc. company umbrella. CCA is best known as the company responsible for coming up with the universally famous Recycling symbol.
The recycling symbol with three chasing arrows is a Möbius strip or unending loop. August Ferdinand Möbius, the nineteenth century mathematician, discovered that a strip of paper twisted once over and joined at the tips formed a continuous, single-edged, one-sided surface. The loop will remain twisted when the ends are connected if there are an odd number of twists in it (in the classic example, one; in this case, three).
In 1969 and early 1970, worldwide attention to environmental issues reached a crescendo, culminating in the first Earth Day. In response, Container Corporation of America, a large producer of recycled paperboard sponsored a contest for art and design students at high schools and colleges across the country. As a 23-year-old college student at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, Gary Anderson won the contest, and, by doing so, graphically helped push recycling forward. Because of the symbol’s simplicity and clarity, it became widely used worldwide, and now is as common as the Nike "swoosh" and the Coca-Cola lettering.
The Möbius loop symbol is in the public domain, and is not a trademark. The CCA originally applied for a trademark on the design, but the application was challenged, and the corporation decided to abandon the claim. As such, anyone is free to use the recycling symbol, although local laws may restrict its use in product labeling - such as, for example, when its use on non-recycled goods would be misleading and/or deceptive.
Common Stock, issued in the 1960’s
Printed by the American Bank Note Company
8” (h) x 12” (w)
This certificate has vertical fold lines, punch hole and stamp cancels in signature areas and body.