Central Identification And Investigative Bureau Letter Opener, 1941
The Central Identification And Investigative Bureau operated in Montreal Canada in the 1940's. This advertising specialty was a high class letter opener with printing on mother of pearl on it's handle. Note that it says, "made In The USA." The printing which is part in English and part in French reads:

Licenciee el Catanillo
Central Identification And Investigative Bureau
4486 rue cartier Suite 5 • 6
Montreal
24 HOUR SERVICE 24 HEURES
ENQUIRIES - CIVILES - INDUSTRIELLES -CRIMINILE
Jacques Lapierre-Director
HO 2872



. Below is a close up of the mother of pearl handle.


Some things never change. The purpose of an advertising specialty is to get a client or potential client to keep something on their desk with your name, address and phone number right in front of them so they call you when they need you. What better product than a letter opener a potential client would keep on their desk. When an investigation is needed when the potential client is at their desk, who are they going to call? The friendly PI that gave the letter opener the they like and keep handy!

From The Ralph D. Thomas PI Vintage Collection
THOMAS INVESTIGATIE PUBLICATIONS, INC.
NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF INVESTIGATIVE SPECIALISTS, INC.
SPY EXCHANGE AND SECURITY CENTER
P O Box 82148, Austin, Texas 78708
Showroom: 9513 Burnet Road, Austin, Texas 78758
Phone 512.719.3595 Fax 512.719.3594
Email: RThomas007@aol.com

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