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Thursday, April 10, 2008

Baby Boomer Thursdays: Trading Stamps

Thursday is baby boomer fun day, no real estate, so here goes....

Trading stamps were part and parcel of growing up in the 1950's and 1960's, though the idea dates back to the late 19th century. Gasoline stations and grocery stores dispensed them on a regular basis, and prominently advertised such enticements.

Some of the big names in trading stamps across the country included, S and H Green Stamps, Top Value Stamps, and Plaid Stamps, a program of The A & P. Most towns had a redemption center, ours had a couple of them. Flickr has quite a few vintage images.

Long gone, and long since replaced by such things as credit card loyalty programs, and frequent flier miles. Bob Cox's Yesteryear has a nice little article and photos. Here are some of the gifts that could be redeemed from the S & H Ideabook, and the number of books of stamps required:
Pair of bookends (1), Baldwin piano (380), Singer sewing machine (35), week’s vacation in Hawaii (190), pair of Speed King roller skates (1), Kodak Hawkeye camera (5½) and a Wollensak reel-to-reel tape recorder (43)
Let's finish with a 30 second commercial form IGA, a regional grocery chain in the northeast that featured Green Stamps.


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