A Trip down Memory Lane- S & H Green Stamps Style

January 31st, 2010 in member junk     
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S & H Green Stamps (Sperry & Hutchinson 1930-1980), Gold Bond (Carlson), and Plaid Stamps (A & P Supermarkets 1960)
At the start of the 1960s, the S&H Green Stamps company boasted that it printed more of its stamps each year than the US Postal Service.
You can currently enroll online for greenpoints. . . not sure if you can redeem the stamps from so long ago!
The typical rate issued by a merchant was one stamp for each 10¢ of merchandise purchased. A book would take approximately 1200 stamps to fill, or the equivalent of $120.00 in purchases.
S & H Green Stamps (Sperry & Hutchinson 1930-1980), Gold Bond (Carlson), and Plaid Stamps (A & P Supermarkets 1960)

S & H Green Stamps (Sperry & Hutchinson 1930-1980), Gold Bond (Carlson), and Plaid Stamps (A & P Supermarkets 1960)

Photo: the1829farmhouse

Several posts have reminisced about S & H Green Stamps.  I recently found my collection that I inherited from my parents and thought you'd enjoy a look or a "walk" down memory lane.  Any ideas for using these or should I say "re-using" them?

S & H Green Stamps, Gold Bond, and Plaid Stamps (A & P Supermarkets) were received at the checkout counter of supermarkets, department strores, gas stations along with other retailers, based on the dollar amount of the purchase which could be redeemed for products in a catalog.

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Comments (13)

CottageElements writes: Why, do those bring back memories! I think the stamps would be great in those microscope slide jewelry. Great find!

Lani Posted: 1:11 am on February 3rd
suewhitney writes: Love, love, love!!! Thanks so much for sharing your collection and some of the history. Sure does bring back fond memories!

Take care,
Sue Posted: 9:20 am on February 2nd
junkermidge writes: Oh Wow! It brings me back too! My mom's favorite department store gave out S & H green stamps. I had several books for quite some time. I think I finally threw them out, but then again maybe they're just keeping a low profile. I bet there are lots of cool things you can do with them.
Midge Posted: 9:20 pm on February 1st
junktiqueboutique writes: I still find these at estate sales. I bought them to resale on Ebay and they sold good. I should have asked what they did with them. :) I guess you could mod podge them onto something from that era like a side table or something. good luck Posted: 6:58 pm on February 1st
54girl writes: Oh yes do I remember these! I remember my mom always getting them. My frist tricyle was bought with S&H Greenstamps. Thanks for the memories! Mary Posted: 2:18 pm on February 1st
MakinItHappen writes: Oh yeah, I collected those stamps. You could maybe line the back of a cupboard or display shelf with them, then place family heirlooms or collectibles in front of them. Posted: 12:21 pm on February 1st
RustyDiva writes: Wow ~ memories! Green Stamps. We would lick those things until our mouths were like a desert! Funny how the KIDS were in charge of the licking ~ for my mother AND grandmother. I used to love lining them up inside the dotted lines. (the OCD in me)ha Don't remember what we bought with them but sure remember the hours and stacks of books. Posted: 10:52 am on February 1st
OnEaglesWings writes: Judi, well I'm also amongst the generation that well remembers these stamps. Times were hard 'back in the day', and this was my Mom's only way to get new 'stuff' for our home. I remember pasting the stamps and looking so forward to the trip to the redemption store. Thanks for bring back precious memories!

As for what to do with them? Not so sure how you might incorporate them into a project, but I've enjoyed talking about 'em!

Susie Posted: 10:09 am on February 1st
racers7 writes: I remember back in the 70s when my parents would have rolls of those stamps in the glove compartment of my dad's jetstar 88. My parents would always tell us kids to count the rolls. What memories-I'm sure you'll come up with something nifty! Melody Posted: 8:59 am on February 1st
TinTinJunkFan writes: How funny...my grandmother used to give me and my brothers the job of sticking the stamps in books. Then later in my life there was an S&H redemption center near my house...active as recently (ha) as 20 years ago... thanks for the memories Posted: 8:29 am on February 1st
oldnews writes: Ahh, the hours my brother and I spent with a sponge, a stack of S & H books and a box of stamps! That and Blue Chip stamps! LOVED going to the showroom and shopping! Those were the days... Marie Posted: 11:02 pm on January 31st
JunkArchitect writes:
Judi, your post sure does bring back memories. I bought my first alarm clock and a very mod Sony transistor radio with S&H Green Stamps. The stamps kinda made it fun to go grocery shopping.

Jim Posted: 10:39 pm on January 31st
alicemom writes: Oh Judi, How much fun! Loved those stamps. Wish I still had mine!!!!!
smiles, alice Posted: 10:19 pm on January 31st
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