Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Day 244

Vintage food stamps (part of larger ephemera collection).

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  1. I remember when food stamps were like Monopoly money that came in little booklets. I worked in a small store in Kansas in 1989....and two families in the WHOLE area were on food stamps. It was a very strange thing indeed.

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  2. Some of these are S & H green stamps, which you got as a bonus for buying certain products. Then if you collected enough stamps you could purchase stuff out of the green stamps catalog.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S%26H_Green_Stamps

    My sisters and I used to fight over who got to stick the stamps in the little book.

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  3. Yes! Green stamps! My sisters and i fought over whose turn it was to redeem them!

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  4. Loved seeing the S&H green stamps. My boyfriend and I used to go "Bowling for Greenstamps" every Friday night in 1976!

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  5. These most definitely are NOT food stamps!
    They were distributed by merchants in ca. the late 1950s. Buyers would get one stamp for every X amount of dollars they spent. Once you got a book collected, they could be redeemed at the nearest TV or S&H stamp store. The problem was, most things that were really cool took LOTS of books. LOL

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  6. My Dad still has an entire drawer full of green shield stamp books (UK) - I'm not sure what he's planning to do with them as I'm pretty sure they were discontinued about 20 years ago - he must be where I get my hoarder genes from!

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