7/1/16

Catalogs #51: 1969 Gold Strike Stamps Catalog


Those old enough to remember the 1960s and 1970s will remember trading stamps.  For those that don't recall, upon purchase at the grocery store, gas station, or really an merchant, they'd give you a corresponding amount of stamps you could later trade in for stuff.  They were sort-of the rewards card of the day - they weren't necessarily linked to the store itself - but you'd go there because their sign would say something like "We Give Gold Strike Stamps".

You'd put your stamps in a book, and dream big dreams about the wondrous things you will redeem them for.  Will it be a hi-fi, a dinette set, a vacuum cleaner?  In a time before credit cards and when families actually stuck to a budget, redeeming stamps was a big deal.

So, I've scanned some pages from a 1969 Gold Strike Stamps catalog.  Basically, the merchandise in here could be found at your local Redemption Center; although you could redeem by mail.  Enjoy.



























13 comments:

  1. My Mom used to collect "S&H Green Stamps". I remember her pasting stamps into books for hours.

    I think some of the local stores also gave out "Blue Star" stamps, but I might have the name wrong on those....

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    1. I believe you mean 'Blue Chip' stamps. I remember that "buying" from the redemption center was a big deal for my mom. I think we obtained most of our small appliances that way. Luxuries we wouldn't have otherwise been able to afford.

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    2. voiceofthe70sJuly 02, 2016

      I remember S&H Green Stamps from the 60s and 70s. I also remember how frustrating it was to wait long enough to get enough stamps to get something good. There was something kind of cosmic sounding about going to a "redemption center" to get merchandise. I got a stereo with Green Stamps once. A cheap one, but good enough to listen to all the classic albums of the day. If I recall, there was one supermarket that gave out yellow stamps with red print on them. Maybe those were Gold Strike? S&H Green Stamps pretty much had the market cornered around here and nobody really knew what to do with the yellow ones.

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    3. We did S&H Green Stamps where I grew up. The only thing I remember us getting with them was the big Tonka dump truck, which was a surprise for me. And it would have been about this same time, Summer of '69 or '70. It really made an impression. I still remember the day I got it, even where the Redemption Center was in our town. It truly was Christmas in July for me.

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  2. Top Value was another of the stamps offered by various businesses.

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  3. I'm from southwestern PA, we had S&H Green stamps too and I can still taste that bitter adhesive from all the books we filled!

    These catalog items are gold! (I mean literally, and they're awesome)

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  4. I was looking for the giant television the Bradys ended up buying.

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  5. Nebraska was pretty much S&H. I got a camera and a basketball from them. In 1984, the S&H redemption center in Hastings, Nebraska was closing and my Mom got a couple pillows and I don't remember what else. We had a few Gold Bond (not to be confused with the medicated powder) stamps but I don't remember where they came from.

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  6. We had S&H in Minnesota, and every so often (there was probably more of a pattern, but I was young) my Mother would sit us down at the kitchen table and have us paste the stamps into a book (we each had a damp sponge on a plate in front of us to use instead of licking the stamps: something I recalled when George Costanza's fiancee died on "Seinfeld"!), and then she'd bring all the books to the S&H place at the shopping center. I cannot recall a single item that we purchased that way, but there must have been several.

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  7. AnonymousJuly 03, 2016

    We need to do away with stupid credit cards and BRING STAMPS BACK! :D

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  8. Ah, the wood and brass ducks. Classic.

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  9. I remember my uncle saving Raleigh cigarette coupons on the packs and in the boxes.
    I'd love to see what you could get for those.
    Is there a catalog out there for that?

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  10. AnonymousJuly 19, 2016

    Holy Crap! I have that EXACT orange/brown side chair pictured in "Contemporary Classics". Never knew where it came from.

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