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Norlin Industries, Inc. (Gibson Guitars)


SKU: 3188
Product Details

Nicely engraved antique bond certificate from Norlin Industries, Inc. dating back to the 1970's. This document, which contains the printed signatures of the company President and Secretary, was printed by the Security-Columbian Bank Note Company and measures approximately 12" (w) by 8" (h). 


This certificate's vignette features an allegorical figure (Mercury) in front of an outer space landscape and a map of the Northern Hemisphere.

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    Historical Context

    In 1969 ECL Industries purchased a majority stake in the Chicago Musical Instrument Company, the largest manufacturer of musical instruments in the United States and the owner of Gibson guitars, Lowrey organs, Story and Clark pianos, and Moog synthesizers, among others. ECL Industries shortly thereafter changed its name to the Norlin Corporation, a combination of Norton and Berlin, in honor of the founder of the Ecuadorian Corporation and of Maurice Berlin, the founder of the Chicago-based company.

    Gibson's time under the Norlin Industries umbrella was marked by mismanagement and decreased product quality.

    Gibson was within three months of going out of business before it was bought by Henry E. Juszkiewicz, David H. Berryman, and Gary A. Zebrowski in January 1986.