Livin’ the Dream with Green Stamps: A 1975 Catalog

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.

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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!

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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.

 

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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?

 

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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”.

 

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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!