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Subject: BS: anyone remember green stamps?
From: olddude
Date: 27 Aug 12 - 05:42 PM

I found a half of book down at my mom's getting some stuff for her :-) remember them? Gosh they must have given them to you for darn near anything you bought back when. Has anyone ever got anything with them? What a blast from the past huh


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Subject: RE: BS: anyone remember green stamps?
From: Beer
Date: 27 Aug 12 - 05:48 PM

I had some. Gave them to our Legion and they are now in the display case.
Adrien


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Subject: RE: BS: anyone remember green stamps?
From: dick greenhaus
Date: 27 Aug 12 - 05:50 PM

"Green stamps were all my joy...." (the rest was forgettable, and I forgot it.


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Subject: RE: BS: anyone remember green stamps?
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 27 Aug 12 - 05:51 PM

Green Stamps Song

--- (Sung to the tune of Green-sleeves) ---

(A) Am G / G Am E / Am G / G Am E Am

I found my love in a grocery shop,
Selling pickles and egg-plants and bottles of pop;
She asked me to try her asparagus tips,
And I fell for the smile on her ruby red lips.

C G / G Am E / C G / G Am E Am

Green stamps were all she gave,
Green stamps were all I took,
Green stamps were all I saved,
So I pasted them all in my green stamp book.

I'd go every day just to gaze at her face,
And in no time at all I had bought out the place.
Tho' ne'er did I e'er taste her ruby red lips,
I own four thousand cans of asparagus tips.

Green stamps . . .

Whenever I'm lonely or tired or blue,
I go to my bookshelf and here's what I do:
I reach for that book and then with loving care,
I count every green stamp that's pasted in there.

Green stamps . . .


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Subject: RE: BS: anyone remember green stamps?
From: pdq
Date: 27 Aug 12 - 05:52 PM

Trade ya a book of Blue Chip Stamps.


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Subject: RE: BS: anyone remember green stamps?
From: olddude
Date: 27 Aug 12 - 05:52 PM

give them to you if mom doesn't want them for some reason. I will ask her


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Subject: RE: BS: anyone remember green stamps?
From: Henry Krinkle
Date: 27 Aug 12 - 05:56 PM

I remember my mom getting them.
I can't remember her getting anything with them.
(:-( ))=


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Subject: RE: BS: anyone remember green stamps?
From: Melissa
Date: 27 Aug 12 - 05:58 PM

Raleigh cigarettes used to have stamps/cards.
I saved them and got quite a few neat things when I was a kid.

I loved shopping through the catalog with those things!


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Subject: RE: BS: anyone remember green stamps?
From: pdq
Date: 27 Aug 12 - 06:01 PM

Perhaps you can grind 'em up and add them to lime jello?


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Subject: RE: BS: anyone remember green stamps?
From: Bat Goddess
Date: 27 Aug 12 - 06:13 PM

My parents, too, saved the Raleigh coupons. And, of course, the S&H Green Stamps.

When I got married (first time) in January 1970, I "bought" stuff to set up housekeeping with S&H Green Stamps. Still have some of the stuff.

Linn


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Subject: RE: BS: anyone remember green stamps?
From: Bobert
Date: 27 Aug 12 - 06:22 PM

All I remember is it took a boat load of them to get anything decent...

B~


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Subject: RE: BS: anyone remember green stamps?
From: Henry Krinkle
Date: 27 Aug 12 - 06:43 PM

Could you get a guitar with them?
(:-( ))=


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Subject: RE: BS: anyone remember green stamps?
From: Mrrzy
Date: 27 Aug 12 - 07:10 PM

I've read about them and seen them in movies, does that count? Am I old enough?


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Subject: RE: BS: anyone remember green stamps?
From: Janie
Date: 27 Aug 12 - 08:00 PM

Mom saved S&H Green Stamps, and so did I. I remember sessions as a kid of her pulling out her stash and making us sit around the kitchen table, licking them and pasting them into the books.

I got my first sleeping bag and my first Coleman Stove with Green Stamps.

My local Grocery chain had a "Green Stamp" rewards program for several years in the early 90's, only instead of stamps you earned S&H points. Could use them the same as the old stamps or redeem them for the occasional $5.00 bucks off your grocery order.

I can't remember the name of the other similar "Stamps." They were yellow.


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Subject: RE: BS: anyone remember green stamps?
From: Bugsy
Date: 27 Aug 12 - 08:08 PM

I well remember them. I still have a Shaefer ball point pen, and a stainless steel tankard I got from them. I also got a baby carry cot, and a Leather (cardboard) briefcase. Both survived for quite some time.

I can't remember the artist who came to our local folk club, "The Lions Den" in Stevenage in the 60's and sang this song about them but it's always stuck in the back of my mind.


Greenstamps (Greeensleeves)

There were two girls of ill repute
One was ugly the other was cute
The cute one gave you the time of your life
And the other one gave out Green Stamps

Green Stamps were all she gave
Green Stamps were all I got
Green Stamps were all I saved
Then I went to the cute one and cashed the lot.


Cheers

Bugsy


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Subject: RE: BS: anyone remember green stamps?
From: Bill D
Date: 27 Aug 12 - 08:16 PM

I was a grocery checker in 1956-57. I gave out a LOT of green stamps. People were almost fanatical about getting them, while we checkers got pretty tired of dealing with them. The store kept a very careful tally, and only issued a certain amount to us at the registers. People were as likely to steal them as they were money.


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Subject: RE: BS: anyone remember green stamps?
From: Bobert
Date: 27 Aug 12 - 08:36 PM

No geetars for Green Stamps... Just junky little toaster ovens and electric fry pans... Oh yeah, an electric coffee maker... Plugged into the wall...

B~


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Subject: RE: BS: anyone remember green stamps?
From: Bee-dubya-ell
Date: 27 Aug 12 - 09:48 PM

Janie, I think the yellow stamps were called "Gold Bond", but I may be wrong.

I can't remember a single specific thing my family ever got by redeeming green stamps. Mom must have used them for stuff like sheets and towels that I never noticed.


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Subject: RE: BS: anyone remember green stamps?
From: pdq
Date: 27 Aug 12 - 10:15 PM

Another copy cat was Thrifty Green Stamps.

Sell all variants on eBay for what you can get.

As they say: "somebody will but it".


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Subject: RE: BS: anyone remember green stamps?
From: JohnInKansas
Date: 27 Aug 12 - 10:17 PM

Green stamps ???????

Sure I remember them, but I've got some of the precursers in US Savings Bond Stamps that they once extorted the school kids into buying. Fill a book and get a Bond.

Somewhere in the bottom of a box I've got four books about half filled. Never got a nickel back out of any of them. (they were much like the green stamps)

Much more useful were the half-filled books of WWII ration stamps; but unfortunately my family never had enoug cash to buy a new tire (that would have used up pretty near a full book).

John


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Subject: RE: BS: anyone remember green stamps?
From: ChanteyLass
Date: 27 Aug 12 - 10:18 PM

My mom liked them. I liked them. I remember looking at the catalog and saving them for certain things, though I can't remember what maybe sheets and small appliances. I would take them to a redemption center in Warwick so I could see what I was getting before I redeemed them. For a while they disappeared from stores in Rhode Island, then came back, then disappeared for good. I am sure they cost customers much more than they were worth.


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Subject: RE: BS: anyone remember green stamps?
From: Melissa
Date: 27 Aug 12 - 10:40 PM

S&H Greenpoints are redeemable for gift cards.
They even accept Green Stamps (which they turn into Greenpoints)


http://www.greenpoints.com/info/inf_help_faquse.asp


I was looking for an old catalog online so I could see what kind of stuff folks could buy with stamps..surprised me to see that they're still kicking!


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Subject: RE: BS: anyone remember green stamps?
From: Rapparee
Date: 27 Aug 12 - 11:06 PM

I also remember Plaid Stamps and Top Value Stamps. My mother used to have some ration stamps too, but they long ago went the way of all flesh.


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Subject: RE: BS: anyone remember green stamps?
From: Janie
Date: 28 Aug 12 - 01:05 AM

I remember the savings stamps, JiK, from elementary school. As I recall, I ended up with 2 $25.00 USA savings bonds. Although they had not reached maturity by the time I started college, their cash-in value was a big help in meeting the first semester of my in-state college tuition in 1969. I do remember the dollar amount of one semester's full-time in-state tuition at that time at Marshall University - $149.00. That was a lot of money to us then.


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Subject: RE: BS: anyone remember green stamps?
From: Janie
Date: 28 Aug 12 - 01:08 AM

The difference between reward programs then and now, be they credit card or store programs, is there ain't nuttin' 3-d to keep that yer youngin's or grandkids might be able to hock many years from now as collectible on E-bay!


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Subject: RE: BS: anyone remember green stamps?
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 28 Aug 12 - 03:44 AM

@ Bugsy: I read something on another site, which suggested it may have been Rick Norcross who sang that version, which is the one I have tried to find all the words for.


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Subject: RE: BS: anyone remember green stamps?
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 28 Aug 12 - 10:13 AM

Confirmed it with Rick, and it was him. he gives these words, and mentions it was 1965. My how time flies.

There were two ladies of ill repute
one was ugly the other was cute
the cute one worked all the time with a will
but the ugly one gave green stamps with her bill

green stamps was all she gave
green stamps was all I got
green stamps was all she gave
then I went to the cute one and cashed in the lot


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Subject: RE: BS: anyone remember green stamps?
From: GUEST,Phil Atleist
Date: 28 Aug 12 - 10:25 AM

Weren't they called; "Green shield" stamps in UK?


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Subject: RE: BS: anyone remember green stamps?
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 28 Aug 12 - 11:01 AM

Yup


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Subject: RE: BS: anyone remember green stamps?
From: frogprince
Date: 28 Aug 12 - 11:30 AM

I remember both green stamps and gold bond stamps. I'm think my mother got a reasonably attractive ceramic table lamp with the greens once.

We made out quite well with some coupons that were sewn into the closures of chicken feed bags. We eventually had a large box full. My mother got a full set of china and a kitchen step stool. For some time I had been pleading for a "22". I said that I wanted a semi-auto rifle with scope, but hinted a little more seriously for the single shot that I figured was realistic. One day my father sent me out to do some odd farm chores, then came out and told me to go get my BB gun to try and get some of the sparrows in the chicken house. I reached for the BB gun and found a Mossberg autoloader with scope instead. It had arrived that day, paid for with the chicken feed coupons, and Dad had found and excuse to get me out of the house while he assembled it. It's on a rack in the spare room; I've lived in town(s) for over 50 years, and haven't fired the rifle in at least 30 years.


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Subject: RE: BS: anyone remember green stamps?
From: GUEST
Date: 28 Aug 12 - 11:50 AM

Yeah, I remember them from the 60s. Can't remember if we ever got anything worthwhile for them, though.


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Subject: RE: BS: anyone remember green stamps?
From: catspaw49
Date: 28 Aug 12 - 12:08 PM

I dunno' about everywhere but the great unwaswhed heartland was nuts for stamps. In Columbus the stamps were in competition with each other and I tell you true, people's buying habits had a LOT to do with which stamps a business gave out.   My family, like many others, saved them all. Our favorite was "Top Value" which were yellow and S&H Green stamps.....I don't recall their color. There were also Buckeye stamps and Plaid stamps. All had stores/redemption centersns in Columbus.

They all had catalogs too and granted, much of the stuff was crap but some was decent quality, brand name stuff. We got a number of things that were popular with the post-war, suburban generation of the 50's and early 60's. We got TV trays.....remember those? EVERYONE had TV trays and it seemed a contest to see which had the best. We got a Sunbeam electric skillet which got used and a deep fryer that didn't (after the first few times). I don't recall what all we did get but pasting the stamps in the books and keeping track of them fell to me and I felt privileged that I should be given this important task.

Later I spent quite a few years as a gas jockey before we opened the shop. You felt different about the stamps if you had to give them out. It was one thing for a grocery or other business to give them at the register but in those days you sat in your car and the a gas jockey came out and pumped your gas, cleaned your windows, checked the oil, washer solvent, battery level, etc. When he finished he collected your money at the car window and gave you your change right there. There was a credit card imprinter out there too but on rainy days it was inside. Stamps were given back with the change from a pad you carried in a stamp wallet. It was an incredible pain in the ass, especially in the rain. Gawd forbid you didn't round to the higher dollar and preferably 10 bucks of stamps for an $8 purchase. At a station across the highway form us, a guy was really mad about his bill which originally had been priced at 200 bucks but ended up costing more. The owner calmed him and kept him as a customer by giving him stamps for TWICE the final amount of the bill.

BTW, if you saved up enough Raleigh coupons yo could get a freee chest x-ray! (old joke)


Spaw


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Subject: RE: BS: anyone remember green stamps?
From: olddude
Date: 28 Aug 12 - 01:10 PM

Spaw speaking of stamps did you get your coupons? I got more if ya need em


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Subject: RE: BS: anyone remember green stamps?
From: catspaw49
Date: 28 Aug 12 - 01:22 PM

Got 'em and I be good.....and I thank you again as well!!!


Spaw


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Subject: RE: BS: anyone remember green stamps?
From: olddude
Date: 28 Aug 12 - 01:24 PM

anytime my brother


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Subject: RE: BS: anyone remember green stamps?
From: MGM·Lion
Date: 28 Aug 12 - 01:41 PM

They go back earlier than the 50s-60s. My Uncles Alec & Dave Taylor, my mother's two brothers, had a trading stamp scheme called Union Jack going in the 30s, which of course WWii put an end to. And after the war my Uncle Emmanuel Winner [uncle also of the film director/restaurant critic Michael W], Auntie Bessie's husband, ran Star stamps (I worked for them for a few months after university and before settling into full-time work), but he got driven out of biz in early 60s by the much bigger & better funded green Shield Stamps, which kept going until 1991.

~M~


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Subject: RE: BS: anyone remember green stamps?
From: GUEST,Eliza
Date: 28 Aug 12 - 03:34 PM

I remember Green Shield stamps. My mum got sheet upon sheet of the blasted things, and my sister and I were given the job of licking each sheet and sticking them into the saving books. They tasted ghastly. There were Green Shield catalogues, but you needed millions and trillions to buy anything. Our kitchen drawers were stuffed with them, and eventually they died a death. I reckon my dad threw them out.


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Subject: RE: BS: anyone remember green stamps?
From: McGrath of Harlow
Date: 28 Aug 12 - 06:51 PM

How about the Coop Dividend?


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Subject: RE: BS: anyone remember green stamps?
From: Bee-dubya-ell
Date: 28 Aug 12 - 07:42 PM

I remember when, as a child, I was quite upset when the S&H Green Stamp folks introduced larger ten and fifty-stamp "denominations". Instead of having to lick fifty single stamps to fill a page in a stamp book, five 10s or a single 50 did the same thing. I guess that was good for adults who didn't want to lick hundreds of stamps, but it sucked for us kids who did want to lick 'em.


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Subject: RE: BS: anyone remember green stamps?
From: Bugsy
Date: 28 Aug 12 - 07:53 PM

You're right John, It was Ric Norcross.

I have fond memories of seeing him and his 18stringed guitar.

Cheers and thanks for the memories

Bugsy


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Subject: RE: BS: anyone remember green stamps?
From: Janie
Date: 28 Aug 12 - 08:48 PM

Top Value! Them were the yeller ones. We could garner them and the S&H Greenstamps equally - Kroger vs A&P if I recall correctly. We didn't save Plaid Stamps because there were not sufficient venders around to make it "worthwhile."


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Subject: RE: BS: anyone remember green stamps?
From: Bugsy
Date: 28 Aug 12 - 09:07 PM

In uk we had Greenshield Stamps and Pink Stamps I think the Pink one's were from Fin Fayre?

Also the old CO-OP dividends. I still remember our number, 9441.

Then there were the cigarette gift certificates.


Cheers

Bugsy


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Subject: RE: BS: anyone remember green stamps?
From: GUEST,marks
Date: 28 Aug 12 - 09:45 PM

I do not admit to being old enough to remember these - but the rest of y'all may know better!

Anyhow - in high school I had an after school job in a super market. When assigned to cash register - the old timey one with the big buttons and a bar you had to hit with the heel of your hand to get it to cycle - (scanner?? What??) - customers kept track of their stamps better than they did their change!


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Subject: RE: BS: anyone remember green stamps?
From: MGM·Lion
Date: 29 Aug 12 - 12:22 AM

McGrath ~~ One of the main points of the stamps was to enable small shopkeepers to compete with the Co-Op and its divi by offering a sort of divi of their own via the stamps. That was the main line my uncles' salesmen would shoot when they went out recruiting customers from the shops.

One problem was the not-so-bright housewives, who would collect from several different shops all offering different stamp-brands, but then stick them all in the same book and expect their gifts back. So salesmen soon learned to warn shopkeepers to make it clear to new 'recruits' among their customers that only that one sort of stamp. associated with that particular book, would be acceptable.

~M~


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Subject: RE: BS: anyone remember green stamps?
From: MGM·Lion
Date: 29 Aug 12 - 12:24 AM

GUEST,marks ~ Yes, that's right; that was part of the feedback we would get from 'our' shops. One of the attractions was appeal to the 'collectors instinct'.


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Subject: RE: BS: anyone remember green stamps?
From: GUEST,Eliza
Date: 29 Aug 12 - 06:02 AM

Am I more senile than usual today, or do I correctly remember little tinny thin 'coins' some triangular, which the Co-op issued? I remember they cut your fingers as the edges were a bit sharp. I believe the idea was you used them to claim your dividend.


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Subject: RE: BS: anyone remember green stamps?
From: MGM·Lion
Date: 29 Aug 12 - 06:05 AM

Oh, yes: I've still got a tin of those somewhere, Eliza; Cambridge Co-op went on with them up to about the 1970s IIRC. Wonder if any use to anyone ~~ if I can put a hand on them.

~M~


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Subject: RE: BS: anyone remember green stamps?
From: GUEST,Eliza
Date: 29 Aug 12 - 06:37 AM

I should think they're the antiques of tomorrow Michael. If only I'd kept some of the things I so blithely threw out when young, they might be worth a fortune now! Wet-look boots, my old, late aunt's hideous vase (which I now believe was a Moorcroft) proper twill jodhpurs, Beswick china horses, 'contemporary' curtains, an old wooden Noah's ark with lead (!) animals, Spirographs, the list is endless. At least I kept my old Teddy bear, but I'd never sell him!


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Subject: RE: BS: anyone remember green stamps?
From: MGM·Lion
Date: 29 Aug 12 - 07:42 AM

Of course not ~~ Emma loves her teddybears,Jemima [Mima] and Juniper [Junie] who sleep with us and watch all the tv we do. Junie has a FatherXmas hat and loves to see people wearing them on the telly ~~ there was a woman in one at Wimbles this year, which turned her on enormous. &, as it is a red & white hat, she is an Arsenal supporter (Gooner) like me; tho Emma supports Chelsea and how we manage to stay married I cannot imagine!

enough whimsy awready, Michael

It is of course beacuse so many things got thrown away that those which survive have any value; so you were doing a public service in being so cavalier in their disposal ~~ mebbe?

~M~


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Subject: RE: BS: anyone remember green stamps?
From: clueless don
Date: 29 Aug 12 - 08:25 AM

I remember S&H Green stamps, but growing up in Washington DC we collected Top Value stamps. I even remember the jingle:

Get Top Value stamps where you shop!
Get Top Value stamps where you buy!
Get Top Value gifts for the stamps that you save
Get Top Value stamps (they're just like gold!)
and save! save! save!

and then a voice would come on and say, in a fake Scottish brogue, "They're thrrrrrrifty!"

Don


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