A catalogue of wonders from Green Stamps

Me at the Manse? No, this is a vintage "Idea Book" (catalogue) from the S&H Green Stamps company – filled with good stuff that you could get by collecting and redeeming Green Stamps.

Me at the Manse? No, this is a vintage “Idea Book” (catalogue) from the S&H Green Stamps company – filled with good stuff that you could get by collecting and redeeming Green Stamps.

Despite some helpful comments from readers on yesterday’s post, I still haven’t got to the bottom of those “green stamps” (using the term generically rather than the official title Green Stamps, which were a product of the S&H company in the United States; I still don’t know whether we had those in Canada) that my mum (and other mums) used to collect way back in the ’60s in Queensborough. What kind of “green stamps” were they, and what store gave them out? Do any longtime residents of the Queensborough-MadocTweed area remember?

But leaving aside the Great Green Stamp Mystery, let’s have a look at the vintage catalogues showing all the good stuff you could get by redeeming your S&H Green Stamps. Talk about a blast from the past. It’s like an episode of Mad Men, before Betty got all cranky. In fact, this looks to be Betty now:

Green Stamps and Betty

Here is a look inside one of the catalogues:

Green Stamps living room

According to a fun post at CreativePro.com by “Scanning Around with Gene” (where I found this photo and the one below), what we have here is “Mrs. David Dunkley of Colorado … with her daughters Cathy, Christie Sue, and Virginia amid a room-full of items purchased with trading stamps.”

Green Stamps stuff

Just look at all that good stuff you could get for your home! (Thanks to “Scanning Around with Gene” for the photo.)

1956 Green Stamps

For the man of the house! (Photo from PaperSponge.com, “A Frequent Look at All Things Ephemera.”)

Ideabook 1971

A 1971 edition of the S&H catalogue. Groovy, man!

Last fall, at an auction sale that I wrote about here, in a bunch of magazines and stuff that were being sold was a vintage redeem-your-stamps catalogue. I believe it was for the Lucky Green Stamps that Loblaws supermarkets gave out once upon a time. It was classic, and I wanted it desperately, but an antiques dealer wanted it too, and was willing to bid way more than I could. Drat.

But I have made up for it tonight. As of about five minutes ago I am the owner of a 1959 S&H Ideabook that I found on Etsy:

my Green Stamps catalog

I’m sure it will be full of great merchandise just right for the Manse!

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