The Souvenir CardCollectors Society

 




(FSO) Forerunner, Semi-Official    Souvenir cards by private bank note companies represent some of the earliest cards in the SCCS catalog, dating back as far as 1836.  Many of these were printed by predecessors of the American Bank Note Company or firms that would later merge with it.  All these companies were capable of high-quality intaglio engraved work.  Most of these cards were souvenir invitations, programs, and menus for special events such as banquets, inaugural balls, or anniversary commemorations.  Though "forerunner" does not suitably describe modern cards, the FSO category extends into the 1980s, including souvenir cards not part of the regular Semi-Official listings.  Since unknown FSO cards frequently surface, a year-based numbering system allows for easy inclusion of new discoveries.  The SCCS is grateful to Art Benjamin, Paul Melnick, and Bill Kriebel, whose collections contain many of the rare cards shown here.

SCCS #:  FSO-1836A
Show/event:  Andrew Jackson Inaugural Address of 1829
Year:  1836
Dimensions:  4.88" x 6.5"
# Printed:  Unknown
# Sold:  
Printer:  BB
Type:  Other
Back:  Blank
Info Sheet:  none
Notes:  Portrait of President Jackson and full address in micro-lettering, intaglio printed on white, glossy stock
SCCS #:  FSO-1845A
Show/event:  Inaugural Ball Invitation for Pres. James Polk
Year:  1845
Dimensions:  8" x 5.5"
# Printed:  Unknown
# Sold:  
Printer:  WGM
Type:  Other
Back:  Blank
Info Sheet:  none
Notes:  Portrait of President Polk surround by flowers and sun rays, with list of event managers, intaglio printed on white, glossy stock
SCCS #:  FSO-1849A
Show/event:  Inaugural Ball Invitation for Pres. Zachary Taylor
Year:  1849
Dimensions:  7.75" x 5.5"
# Printed:  Unknown
# Sold:  
Printer:  WGM
Type:  Other
Back:  Blank
Info Sheet:  none
Notes:  Portrait of President Taylor, with list of event managers, intaglio printed on white, glossy stock
SCCS #:  FSO-1857A
Show/event:  Inaugural Ball Invitation for Pres. James Buchanan
Year:  1857
Dimensions:  7" x 10.38"
# Printed:  Unknown
# Sold:  
Printer:  TC&C
Type:  Other
Back:  Blank
Info Sheet:  none
Notes:  Portrait of President Buchanan and triumphal arch, with list of event managers in micro-lettering, intaglio printed on white, glossy stock
SCCS #:  FSO-1865B
Show/event:  Second Inaugural Ball Invitation for Pres. Abraham Lincoln
Year:  1865
Dimensions:  7.5" x 10.5"
# Printed:  Unknown
# Sold:  
Printer:  D&O
Type:  Other
Back:  Blank
Info Sheet:  none
Notes:  Portraits of Lincoln and VP Johnson, flanked by eagles on pillars, with event managers in micro-lettering, intaglio printed
SCCS #:  FSO-1867A
Show/event:  State of New Hampshire Civil War Commendation
Year:  1867
Dimensions:  15.88" x 11.88"
# Printed:  Unknown
# Sold:  
Printer:  ABNC
Type:  Other
Back:  Blank
Info Sheet:  none
Notes:  Given to NH volunteer soldiers, with portrait of Gov. Smyth and seven Civil War vignettes
SCCS #:  FSO-1871A
Show/event:  State of Vermont Civil War Commendation
Year:  1871
Dimensions:  22" x 16"
# Printed:  Unknown
# Sold:  
Printer:  ABNC
Type:  Other
Back:  Blank
Info Sheet:  none
Notes:  Large, ornate certificate given to Vermont volunteer soldiers, with portraits of Gov. Stewart, two generals, and five Civil War vignettes
SCCS #:  FSO-1873A
Show/event:  Centennial Memorial of American Independence
Year:  1873
Dimensions:  28" x 35"
# Printed:  12 (est.)
# Sold:  
Printer:  ABNC
Type:  Other
Back:  Blank
Info Sheet:  none
Notes:  Largest known souvenir card, commemorating 100th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence with portraits of presidents and statesmen, state seals, statuary, historical scenes and buildings, intaglio printed on heavy paper
SCCS #:  FSO-1881A
Show/event:  Inaugural Reception Invitation for Pres. James Garfield
Year:  1881
Dimensions:  9.75" x 6"
# Printed:  Unknown
# Sold:  
Printer:  HLBNC
Type:  Other
Back:  Blank
Info Sheet:  none
Notes:  Portraits of Geo. Washington, Garfield, VP Arthur, U.S. Capitol, flags and eagle, with list of committee members, intaglio printed on white, glossy paper
SCCS #:  FSO-1881B
Show/event:  Inaugural Reception Invitation for Pres. James Garfield
Year:  1881
Dimensions:  9.75" x 6"
# Printed:  Unknown
# Sold:  
Printer:  HLBNC
Type:  Other
Back:  Blank
Info Sheet:  none
Notes:  Same as FSO-1881A, but printed on green glossy paper
SCCS #:  FSO-1881C
Show/event:  Inaugural Reception Invitation for Pres. James Garfield
Year:  1881
Dimensions:  9.75" x 6"
# Printed:  Unknown
# Sold:  
Printer:  HLBNC
Type:  Other
Back:  Blank
Info Sheet:  none
Notes:  Same as FSO-1881A, but printed on yellow glossy paper
SCCS #:  FSO-1882A
Show/event:  Garfield Nat. Mem. Hospital Garden Feté Invitation
Year:  1882
Dimensions:  8.25" x 5.5"
# Printed:  Unknown
# Sold:  
Printer:  HLBNC
Type:  Other
Back:  Blank
Info Sheet:  none
Notes:  Garfield portrait surrounded by flags, fundraising event for memorial hospital, black lithography on green, glossy stock
SCCS #:  FSO-1885A
Show/event:  Grover Cleveland Inaugural Ball Souvenir
Year:  1885
Dimensions:  9.5" x 6.88"
# Printed:  Unknown
# Sold:  
Printer:  VGF
Type:  Other
Back:  Blank
Info Sheet:  none
Notes:  Portraits of Cleveland and VP Hendricks, surrounded by flags, statues, Capitol, Washington Monument, list of event organizers
SCCS #:  FSO-1885B
Show/event:  Inaugural Ball Program for Pres. Grover Cleveland
Year:  1885
Dimensions:  5" x 3.5" (folded)
# Printed:  Unknown
# Sold:  
Printer:  EAW
Type:  Other
Back:  Image
Info Sheet:  none
Notes:  Small, 16-page program, intaglio printed covers, portraits of Cleveland and Hendricks (front), Pension Bldg. (back), ornate harp and horns (inside back)
SCCS #:  FSO-1885E
Show/event:  World's Industrial Cotton Centennial Exposition
Year:  1885
Dimensions:  18.5" x 13.5"
# Printed:  Unknown
# Sold:  
Printer:  WBNC
Type:  Other
Back:  Blank
Info Sheet:  none
Notes:  Large award certificate for exhibitors, with eagle, Louisiana state seal, allegorical figures, and ornate frame
SCCS #:  FSO-1889E
Show/event:  Texas Spring Palace Souvenir
Year:  1889
Dimensions:  10" x 6.75"
# Printed:  Unknown
# Sold:  
Printer:  HLBNC
Type:  Other
Back:  Blank
Info Sheet:  none
Notes:  Ornate red-brown intaglio printed card, featuring palace, allegorical figures, eagle, flags and lone star, on glossy white paper
SCCS #:  FSO-1907A
Show/event:  Annual Banquet of the Bankers of NYC
Year:  1907
Dimensions:  5.75" x 8" (folded)
# Printed:  Unknown
# Sold:  
Printer:  ABNC
Type:  Other
Back:  Blank
Info Sheet:  none
Notes:  Souvenir menu, with Statue of Liberty, text, and green frame on front, vignette of sailor and indian above menu text, inside
SCCS #:  FSO-1909C(a)
Show/event:  Arts and Crafts Club of ABNC Banquet Program
Year:  1909
Dimensions:  5.75" x 7.75"
# Printed:  Unknown
# Sold:  
Printer:  ABNC
Type:  Other
Back:  Blank
Info Sheet:  none
Notes:  Souvenir program of annual banquet, with four cards bound by red ribbon. Cover features signature ABN eagle and text in brown intaglio
SCCS #:  FSO-1911A
Show/event:  Nat. McKinley Birthplace Mem. Assn. Life Member Certificate
Year:  1911
Dimensions:  8.5" x 11"
# Printed:  Unknown
# Sold:  
Printer:  Unknown
Type:  Other
Back:  Blank
Info Sheet:  none
Notes:  McKinley portrait, flags and text in black intaglio, with embossed blue and gold seal
SCCS #:  FSO-1923A
Show/event:  Harding Memorial Assn. Membership Certificate
Year:  1923
Dimensions:  6.5" x 9"
# Printed:  Unknown
# Sold:  
Printer:  ABNC
Type:  Other
Back:  Blank
Info Sheet:  none
Notes:  Framed portrait of President Harding and text, printed in black offset
SCCS #:  FSO-1926B
Show/event:  Lincoln Condolence Letter Souvenir
Year:  1926?
Dimensions:  3.25" x 6.38"
# Printed:  Unknown
# Sold:  
Printer:  WBNC
Type:  Other
Back:  Image
Info Sheet:  none
Notes:  Portrait of Lincoln and framed text of 1864 condolence letter, given as souvenir to Lincolniana collectors
SCCS #:  FSO-1930A
Show/event:  Arts and Crafts Club of ABNC Banquet Program
Year:  1930
Dimensions:  7" x 5" (folded)
# Printed:  Unknown
# Sold:  
Printer:  ABNC
Type:  Other
Back:  Image
Info Sheet:  none
Notes:  Souvenir program of annual banquet, bound with brown tassel, front cover features "Progress" vignette with ABNC eagle logo on back, interior pages include Paul Revere portrait, committee members, menu, etc.
SCCS #:  FSO-1975A(a)
Show/event:  Centennial Convention of the American Banker's Assn.
Year:  1975
Dimensions:  8.5" x 11.25"
# Printed:  Unknown
# Sold:  
Printer:  ABNC
Type:  Numismatic
Back:  Blank
Info Sheet:  none
Notes:  Folder of four cards, given out at 100th Anniversary Convention, green tassel, facsimile $100 note (green ink) with die cut hole to show Benj. Franklin portrait on inside card
SCCS #:  FSO-1975A(b)
Show/event:  Centennial Convention of the American Banker's Assn.
Year:  
Dimensions:  8.25" x 11"
# Printed:  Unknown
# Sold:  
Printer:  ABNC
Type:  Numismatic
Back:  Blank
Info Sheet:  none
Notes:  "Men in Currency" card, with portraits of 11 men who have appeared on U.S. banknotes, including Franklin, Washington, Lincoln, etc.
SCCS #:  FSO-1975A(c)
Show/event:  Centennial Convention of the American Banker's Assn.
Year:  
Dimensions:  8.25" x 11"
# Printed:  Unknown
# Sold:  
Printer:  ABNC
Type:  Other
Back:  Blank
Info Sheet:  none
Notes:  Lincoln's Gettyburg Address card, same design as SO-3 without Interphil text
SCCS #:  FSO-1975A(d)
Show/event:  Centennial Convention of the American Banker's Assn.
Year:  
Dimensions:  8.25" x 11"
# Printed:  Unknown
# Sold:  
Printer:  ABNC
Type:  Other
Back:  Blank
Info Sheet:  none
Notes:  American 1776-1976 card, same design as SO-2 without Interphil text
SCCS #:  FSO-1975A(e)
Show/event:  Centennial Convention of the American Banker's Assn.
Year:  
Dimensions:  8.25" x 11"
# Printed:  Unknown
# Sold:  
Printer:  ABNC
Type:  Other
Back:  Blank
Info Sheet:  none
Notes:  Statue of Liberty card, same design as N-1 without SCCS text at top
SCCS #:  FSO-1976A(a)
Show/event:  American Bank Note Co. Employee Appreciation Folder
Year:  1976
Dimensions:  8.5" x 11.25"
# Printed:  Unknown
# Sold:  
Printer:  ABNC
Type:  Numismatic
Back:  Blank
Info Sheet:  none
Notes:  Folder of six cards, given out to ABNC employees on 7/4/76, facsimile $200 note (green ink) with die cut hole to show Benj. Franklin portrait on inside card
SCCS #:  FSO-1976A(b)
Show/event:  American Bank Note Co. Employee Appreciation Folder
Year:  1976
Dimensions:  8.25" x 11"
# Printed:  Unknown
# Sold:  
Printer:  ABNC
Type:  Numismatic
Back:  Blank
Info Sheet:  none
Notes:  "Men in Currency" card, with portraits of 11 men who have appeared on U.S. banknotes, including Franklin, Washington, Lincoln, etc.
SCCS #:  FSO-1976A(c)
Show/event:  American Bank Note Co. Employee Appreciation Folder
Year:  1976
Dimensions:  8.25" x 11"
# Printed:  Unknown
# Sold:  
Printer:  ABNC
Type:  Other
Back:  Blank
Info Sheet:  none
Notes:  Lincoln's Gettyburg Address card, same design as SO-3 without Interphil text
SCCS #:  FSO-1976A(d)
Show/event:  American Bank Note Co. Employee Appreciation Folder
Year:  1976
Dimensions:  8.25" x 11"
# Printed:  Unknown
# Sold:  
Printer:  ABNC
Type:  Other
Back:  Blank
Info Sheet:  none
Notes:  American 1776-1976 card, same design as SO-2 without Interphil text
SCCS #:  FSO-1976A(e)
Show/event:  American Bank Note Co. Employee Appreciation Folder
Year:  1976
Dimensions:  8.25" x 11"
# Printed:  Unknown
# Sold:  
Printer:  ABNC
Type:  Other
Back:  Blank
Info Sheet:  none
Notes:  Statue of Liberty card, same design as N-1 without SCCS text at top
SCCS #:  FSO-1976A(f)
Show/event:  American Bank Note Co. Employee Appreciation Folder
Year:  1976
Dimensions:  8.25" x 11"
# Printed:  Unknown
# Sold:  
Printer:  ABNC
Type:  Other
Back:  Blank
Info Sheet:  none
Notes:  Vignettes of the writing and signing of the Declaration of Independence, surrounded by portraits of eight signers
SCCS #:  FSO-1976A(g)
Show/event:  American Bank Note Co. Employee Appreciation Folder
Year:  1976
Dimensions:  8.25" x 11"
# Printed:  Unknown
# Sold:  
Printer:  ABNC
Type:  Other
Back:  Blank
Info Sheet:  none
Notes:  Large engraved portrait of Thomas Paine, partially finished
SCCS #:  FSO-1979A
Show/event:  Rawdon, Wright, Hatch, Edson Specimen Sheet Reprint
Year:  1979
Dimensions:  28" x 22"
# Printed:  998
# Sold:  
Printer:  ABNC
Type:  Other
Back:  Blank
Info Sheet:  none
Notes:  Very large sheet, originally printed in 1850s, featuring examples of about 100 portraits, vignettes, numerals, and ornaments
SCCS #:  FSO-1985A
Show/event:  Int'l Paper Money Convention Specimen Sheet
Year:  1985
Dimensions:  27" x 20"
# Printed:  975
# Sold:  
Printer:  ABNC
Type:  Other
Back:  Blank
Info Sheet:  none
Notes:  Very large sheet, blue ink, with 100+ examples of portraits, vignettes, lathework, and numerals
SCCS #:  FSO-1988A
Show/event:  Almond Delight Bank Note Sheet
Year:  1988
Dimensions:  20" x 16"
# Printed:  50000
# Sold:  
Printer:  ABNC
Type:  Numismatic
Back:  Blank
Info Sheet:  none
Notes:  Large sheet on buff paper, offered as mail-in premium by cereal maker Ralston Purina, with six obsolete banknotes and ABNC spread eagle; ABNC text on back
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  







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