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Livin’ the Dream with Green Stamps: A 1975 Catalog

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Remember The Brady Bunch episode where the kids try to cash in their Green Stamps? The boys want a boat and the girls want a sewing machine. The Solomon-like Mr. Brady decides to settle the dispute by having the kids build a house of cards – the team that knocks the house of cards down is SOL.

I remember those stamps all too well. They were immensely popular during the 60s and 70s. In fact, the S&H catalog was the largest publication in the U.S. and produced three times more stamps than the U.S. Post Office! But then, as early as 1980, green stamps were over.

Green Stamps

 

 

Green Stamps

Fill in all the squares with your stamps and get a pearl necklace for mother!

 

Little known fact: The inspiration for the names “Starsky and Hutch” came from S&H green stamps (Sperry and Hutchinson)….. just thought you needed to know.

I can’t help but wonder if green stamps could ever have a place in our debt oriented society. Everyone puts things on plastic – it’s all about instant gratification, rather than saving up for something as mundane as a toaster or bath towel.

Anyway, I’ve got an old green stamp catalog from 1975 and thought I’d share it with you for posterity’s sake. I imagine a lot of you reading this don’t even know what a green stamp is – so, consider this a lesson in 1970s history. Let the learning begin!

Green Stamps

Fill up a book and get a set of glasses!  I suppose now you can just by a box of glasses at Wal-Mart on the cheap and not blink an eye.  Back then, things like this were an “expense”, and it made sense to save up for them with stamps.

 

Green Stamps

I don’t know about you, but I’m sold on the “Javit Crystal Young Love Goblet Set”.

 

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With green stamps you get all your tobacco accessories and swank for men.  Is it me, or does this guy look stoned?

 

Green Stamps

The hot pink goes well with the wood paneling, don’t you think?  I’m especially fond of the hamper with the “luxuriously upholstered top”.

 

Green Stamps

I think it was a government mandate that all bathtubs have those “appliques” because I never knew a tub without one.

As for the Health-O-Meter, no idea what that’s about.

 

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For the curious – that red contraption was the Schick Freedom Machine.  I imagine the selling point was that you didn’t have to be tethered to the hair drier.

 

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Totally had Whatzit.  It was sort of like Legos or Tinker Toys, but like shards of stained glass.

 

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Judging by the box, the paint-by-numbers oil paint set looks just another excuse for sweet, sweet lovemaking.  This was the Seventies after all – what else would you expect?  As for the Dip Film Kit, I am scratching my head – anybody remember what the hell this was?

 

green stamp book (7)  I’d love to make a sexual pun on “soft goods” here, but I can’t think of any right now.  Give me a minute.

 

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I’m so captivated by this woman’s pants, that I can’t concentrate on these ugly polyester window treatments.  It’s probably for the best.

 

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An “electric watch”?  Here, take my money!

 

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A color TV for 150 books!  Yowch.  I think I’ll take that pathetic “Cricket Stool” instead.

 

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green stamp book (25)  For more of this, I highly recommend Strange and Terrible Fitness Products from the 1970s

 

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It looks like, in a few short minutes, this couple’s about to be spreading a lot more than grass seed.

 

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I’m all about the “Spice Excitement Design”… but this woman is kinda giving me the creeps.  Perhaps we’ll end here.  Please drop a Green Stamp memory in the comment section!

  • SkeptiGal

    Oh, man, we had those catalogs but I don’t think mom ever redeemed them. With five kids, two dogs, two cats, assorted neighborhood kids who hung out, a work weary husband, and a huge house to clean, mom did not have the time to collect the stamps. I can’t remember but how did one acquire the stamps? Were they like the “education labels” one sees on various products now?

    • Primarily, the cashier at the grocery store would give them to you. You didn’t redeem at the grocery store, but rather a green stamp store (I suppose it benefited the grocery store because moms would only shop at stores which offered green stamps). At least that’s the way it worked in my neck of the woods.

    • J Smith

      Grand Union used to give out Triple S stamps. We collected them, but I don’t know if we ever redeemed anything.

  • Liz Cooper

    Like the other poster, I remember the catalogs but not where the stamps came from. Were they giveaways from a store or gas station chain?

    My grandparents were heavy smokers and redeemed their Raleigh cigarette coupons for many similar products.

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  • Cats”Pussy Pants”pajamas

    To use Dip Film, you would bend the wires into shapes and dip them into the film. Sort of like dipping a bubble wand into the bubbles. Instead of blowing, you would let it dry. You could make flowers or butterflies.

  • lkcisneros

    That was a great trip down memory lane! I’m still hunting for a picture and desription of a white resin barrel chair with a round black cushion I got around ’75. I remember my brother and I saved up for ages. He got the white clock radio (#9 shown in this post’s picture that follows the “cricket” stool) and I got the barrel chair. I still have the chair and he still has the radio!

  • CailinRua

    We had S & H Pink Stamps and later Green Shield Stamps in Britain.

  • horsini

    I still have my pink baby doll my mom got me with green stamps! I’ve been searching to see if I can find her anywhere. I would LOVE a copy of this 1975 book, since it’s the year I was born.

  • Jeffery Rightmire

    I remember this oh so well-it is a real trip to my childhood- we were rewarded with Green stamps for doing chores and at the end of summer a trip to the stamp store- The dip kit was tiny wire you could bend into shapes and then dip in a hardeinig plastic resin to make a solid figure

  • Vicky

    In the early 70s, we saved our green stamp books and got a beautiful gold framed oil painting of a moon lit beach. It hung on our living room wall for years. Then we changed our decor and stored the painting in the attic, but somehow it got damaged but not too badly. I was so sad because I loved that painting. Anyway, because I’m a perfectionist, I put it out for the trash and in 5 minutes, some people drove by and asked me if they could have the painting since I didn’t want it anyway. I said sure, take it. Of course, after a few days, I began to think that maybe I could have had that beautiful painting repaired somehow. Oh well. I hope the new owners were very happy with the painting and gave them as much pleasure as it did me. I remember whenever I gazed at the painting, it made me feel as though I was right on that moon lit beach, all alone, almost in another world. I miss that darn old painting. If I could only find another one just like it. I’m sure there are others out there somewhere and I’m sure whomever is willing to sell one will want a nice price for it too.

  • Mary Cockroft

    We had some missionary friends who were given a car purchased with green stamps. How would this have been done? Could groups of churches or others go together and get large items?

    • Guy Fawkes

      There was often a car available in the Green Stamp catalog in the ’70s. I seem to remember it being a Mustang, the economy model of course. I heard of a case where a church purchased one for their minister and it was exactly as you said. Everyone in the church was saving stamps and when they got enough they purchased the car with them. I’m sure multiple churches or organizations could have done the same thing.