Memory Lane: Green Stamps

Remember S&H Green Stamps? They were a big deal in the Fifties and Sixties. A marketing ploy, you know: attract people to the store. You’d get them at the supermarket, gas station, or wherever else, save them in a Green Stamp book, and turn the books in for all sorts of gifts. Including–so says the guy in this commercial–a freakin’ cabin cruiser. He doesn’t say how many books that would take.

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Soupy Sales had a catchy little song: “How do I get me a Cadillac car? Green stamps, green stamps! How do I get me a Cadillac car? Fill up a green stamp book!”

My folks saved Green Stamps. We got a football once. Too bad we didn’t get a cabin cruiser. My father would’ve liked that.

Green Stamps were discontinued in the 1980s. So if you were saving up for a bowling alley, I’m afraid you’re out of luck.

12 comments on “Memory Lane: Green Stamps

  1. I remember them well. At some point, people figured out that they were ultimately the ones paying for these promotions and didn’t want them anymore, but it did make for a bit of fun in its day.

  2. Oh, wow! I sure remember green stamps! We saved books and books of green stamps – my grandmother, my mother and myself! We got some pretty good stuff, too, but you really had to save a lot of books to get any really good stuff. 🙂 One of the best things I got was an electric deli-style slicer! I have no idea in the world what ever happened to it 🙂

  3. My Mom collected the stamps. Some store offered Blue Chip stamps to compete with those who gave out the Green ones. I think my Mom cashed in for dishware type stuff.

    Anyone remember gas wars between gas stations? One would reduce their price one cent a gallon, then the other would come back with two cents to counteract. It was actually quite exciting. Today most people won’t even bother picking up a penny they might see lying on the pavement.

    1. I always try to buy my gas at the least expensive station. The thing that puzzles me is when I see another station a block away selling gas at 20 cents higher per gallon. Why would anybody gas up there?

    2. I don’t know how it is in New Jersey, but here in New York, apparently many of the stations have a heavier presence of ethanol in their gas, which could account for a lower price.

  4. My Aunt Sylvia got a lot of good stuff with these green stamps — and also with the competing gold stamps — partly because other people who didn’t want to bother gave her their stamps. Also, my mother, who smoked Raleigh cigarettes at the time, collected the Raleigh coupons that came in each pack, and she also got a few premiums with those. I suppose these coupons and stamps were the grownups’ equivalent of cereal box tops.

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