I was contacted recently by a sweet lady that visited the Gilbert Paper Company back in the 70's and was given this by the office staff. She saved the note, leaflet and even the Gilbert envelope. Now it's part of my Gilbert collection.
I have also been working on an additional article for Paper Money Magazine.
Gilbert Paper Company and the 1963A G-G Notes
In my mind, I truly believe that the 1963A G-G notes the Gilbert Paper Company gave out at the time to current and potential customers as a sales aid were printed on Gilbert Paper Company security paper and printed by the Bureau of Engraving and Printing.
Through the Freedom of Information Act, I was able to obtain a copy of the actual contract between the BEP and the Gilbert Paper Company, along with all the correspondence between them.
Contract TEP-5374 for Distinctive Paper (Gilbert Paper Co.) Under Schedule No.12
Term: 12-month period beginning June 30, 1964
Most of the correspondence between the BEP and the Gilbert Paper Company involved Mr.Mike Donovan, Procurement Officer at the BEP, Washington DC and George Griffin, Vice President of Gilbert Paper Company, Menasha Wisconsin.
In a letter between the two, dated May 7 1965, George writes; Regarding our telephone conversation of today, the Gilbert Paper Company would like to be relieved of running the fourth portion of the subject contract TEP-5374.
The contract was amended from 150,000 pounds to 85,501 pounds, and from $111,750 to $63,698 on May 10 1965, and officially terminated on June 11 1965.
The Gilbert Paper Company kept meticulous, handwritten records which included actual serial numbers and which sales person or company official were given the notes. The notes were given with pride to company employees, local bank officials, Mead Corporate officers along with pamphlets and leaflets explaining that the United States one dollar bill was printed on Gilbert Security paper. I will never believe that the Gilbert Paper Company was giving out random one dollar bills without knowing for sure that they were printed on Gilbert Security paper. Somehow the Gilbert Paper Company knew exactly which series and district and serial numbers were printed on their paper.
The BEP keeps, and has kept detailed records of the engraved plates used for printing U.S. currency, but does not keep a record for the paper or ink. The ink they formulate "in house", and the paper supplier hasn't changed in over 145 years.so why should they. I am currently unable to prove, and furnish a serial number range without doubt, that the 1963A $1 G-G notes handed out by the Gilbert Paper Company were printed on Gilbert security paper. This event happened over 50 years ago, and most of the people that would know for SURE have passed away, but I believe the circumstantial evidence of the handwritten records, the notes found locked up in the company safe, and the notes handed out with the leaflets and pamphlets proclaiming their origin proves that they were printed on Gilbert security paper.