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1973 (btw, is it just me, or do I look like the first-season Bobby Brady in this pic?????):

1973 (btw, is it just me, or do I look like the first-season Bobby Brady in this pic?????):
I watch the ripples change their size, but never leave the stream of warm impermanent sand. So the days flow through my eyes but still the days seem the same. And these children that you spit on as they try to change their world are immune to your consultations. They're quite aware of what they're going through.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

If you'd told anyone in 1970 that these things wouldn't be around today they wouldn't believe you:

My grandmother had a whole drawer full of green stamps in 1973. I don't think she redeemed any of them.

22 comments:

blueroc85 said...

Forgive my ignorance but what were these used for? Are they like coupons?

joe said...

A certain number would get you a toaster, or a sewing machine, or maybe a set of fiesta ware, etc.

blueroc85 said...

Ahhh they are kind of like the Kool Aid points I used to save as a kid. If you saved enough you could use them to get Kool Aid themed merchandise.Thanks for explaining.

joe said...

Remember the episode of the brady bunch where alice had a bunch of green stamps, and the boys wanted to redeem them for a fishing boat, and the girls wanted to redeem them for a sewing machine..
Of course, nobody asked alice what she wanted, and they were hers.

Dartman said...

It was our monthly treat to go to the Green Stamp store and get merchandise. If we were lucky, my sister and I would get something as well. I believe we got the Chutes and Ladders board game on time. I used to love going into that store. It was just a countertop with a lot of stuff behind it. You would pick something out of the catalogue and show it to the guy at the counter and he would go into the back and get it for you. Maybe with this economy the way it is, they'll bring this idea back. It would be much cooler with the internet involved!

Mr. POSSLQ said...

I remember these quite well. Every checkout lane at the supermarket had the dispenser, and the clerk would dial out the proper number of stamps based on how much you spent. We had a redemption center in our town, too, and I remember at least one trip there to cash a bunch in for something (I forget exactly what).

I also remember thinking that the "+ H" part looked like some kind of weird monstery thing. Hey, I was three at the time.

Jim @ CoolStuffForDads.com said...

I was just thinking of that Brady episode and they had the contest with the boys vs. the girls (row boat vs. sewing machine) ...

Retro Hound said...

Your grandmother didn't redeem them because it took several million before you could get anything worth having!

joe said...

Dartman: Aw, that sounds nice. My grandmother wouldn't get me anything.

Mr. P.: Well you remember more than I on this one it seems..

Jim: I've no clue what the brady boys would do with a sewing machine.
It just doesn't seem "natural", if you know what i mean.

Retro: No, she was just stingy. That was just her.

Jim @ CoolStuffForDads.com said...

Joe, you remember how that episode ends, right?

joe said...

They ended up choosing a tv.
And to think the boys could've ended up stuck with a sewing machine, if the girls had gotten their way..

Jim @ CoolStuffForDads.com said...

Let's say the boys won, do you think they would have gone with the tv also?

Wings said...

I remember them, too!!! We used to have a ton of books.

joe said...

Jim: I don't know. Personally I'd choose the boat. Screw the girls...

Wings: So what'd you get?

C said...

oh my god i forgot all about these! my mom collected these too. everytime we shopped at the local IGA you got these and she used to save them and get free stuff with them. nice trip down memery lane, thank you!

c

joe said...

You're welcome!

Hairball said...

Joe,
I immediately thought of that episode of the Brady Bunch when I saw this post.

My mother told me that when she and my father were newlyweds, she threw a baby shower for a friend and all the guests gave their Green Stamps to the mother-to-be.

joe said...

Hey that's a cute idea.

Goggles Piasano Ritardo said...

I used to collect those with my friends but I never new what to do with them.

joe said...

I used to browse through the catalog, and get off on the stuff that we could have got.
But didn't.

Goggles Piasano Ritardo said...

I wonder if one of those catalogs is still around. It would be fun to look at.

joe said...

There's a ton of them on ebay. I'm guessing they're pretty cheap.

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