American Bank Note started in 1858 with the merger of seven companies, including Rawdon, Wright, and Toppan, Carpenter. Continental and National joined the firm two decades later, in 1879.
After the 1879 merger, American Bank Note assumed the stamp contract. American was the last private firm to print U.S. stamps before the Bureau of Engraving and Printing took over in 1894. Among its final stamps were the 1893 Columbian commemoratives, issued at the same time as the Chicago world’s fair.