Working proofs were used during the American Bank Note pre-production process. Each piece details the intricacies of the old fashioned cut-and-paste method in which the designs were developed. The proof was subsequently circulated amongst American Bank Note Company officials and the executives of the customer (in this case Nynex) for editing and approval. The markings from this process are evident on the layers of the proof and the distribution board as detailed by the images below. Once the approval and editing process was completed, the mass production of the certificate occurred for distribution to eventual shareholders. This unique item offers a glimpse into the bank note approval and printing process.Item Contents
Working proof (1 piece), mounted inside a grey hardboard folder.Presentation
This item is presented in an oversized, rigid hard board grey folder that measures 12 1/2" (w) x 8 1/2 (h).Production Layer(s)
The proof has a single production layer, which is covered by a clear tissue sheet. This is shown below:
When the tissue sheet is lifted, the original production piece is revealed: Vignette
The vignette on this piece is absolutely stunning, and is shown below:Inside Cover
The inside of the folder contains approval annotations, and is shown below:Company HistoryNYNEX Corporation
was a telephone company that served five New England states (Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont) as well as most of New York state, except the Rochester area, from 1984 through 1997.
Formed January 1, 1984, as a result of the Bell System Divestiture, NYNEX was a Regional Bell operating company made up of former AT&T;
subsidiaries New York Telephone
and New England Telephone
. Hence, the name NYNEX stood for New York/New England, with the X representing the unknown future. The X was also widely believed to mean eXchange.
NYNEX merged with Bell Atlantic
on August 14, 1997, in what was, at the time, the second largest merger in American corporate history. Although Bell Atlantic was the surviving company, the merged company moved from Bell Atlantic's headquarters in Philadelphia to NYNEX' headquarters in New York City.
On June 30, 2000, Bell Atlantic acquired GTE
to form Verizon Communications.Subject MatterTelephone and Telegraph Companies Vignette TopicsFemale Subject
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