Here you will find our first diploma and certificate museum, which we will update periodically. I believe this is the first online diploma museum available! The purpose of this small museum is to show you diplomas/certificates in different styles and layouts over a period from 1900s to the present.
The oldest reproduction document we have worked with dates back to 1901, and the style is quite different from what you see today.
ANTIQUE LEVEL: PRE-1900S – 1980S
Before digital printing became a thing, creating a perfect diploma template was a thing of beauty. Manual methods had to be used to make sure everything looked professional and consistent across the board. These are true diplomas – the ones you see in museums and the like.
If you’re ordering a diploma in this time period, the template will usually have basic design with old-timey lettering and printing methods. We have a large selection of templates from this time period to choose from if you’re older and you need a degree that corresponds when you were younger and going to school.
One thing to note is that diplomas from this time period will usually have signs of wear – as the paper used wasn’t made to withstand the test of time, you will see yellowing of the paper and fraying around the edges. Since your brand-new diploma won’t have these natural signs of age, we recommend leaving it openly exposed to air, sunlight, and moisture to speed up the process.