Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Ever do your Christmas shopping with these? S&H Green Stamps, once the symbol of American Middle Class wish fulfillment, began with the Sperry & Hutchinson company in 1896, but found its heyday from the 1930s through the 1960s.
A catalogue of items, including furniture, toys, and bongo drums that could be purchased by redeeming the stamps, occupied a place of honor in a kitchen drawer of every home. Maybe not every home, but these stamps, no longer recognizable to younger generations, were familiar to Baby Boomers.
They were offered at grocery stores, gas stations, and department stores. You can see this folder was supplied by the New England supermarket chain “Big Y”. That’s a lot of 10-point stamps.
Here are one-point stamps. The other denomination was 50 points.
The program ended sometime in the 1980s, and had ceased being popular long before that. Before this book had a chance to be filled and redeemed for bongo drums, anyway.