Looks like the House is voting to cut a bunch of money for the Food Stamps program. I promised that I wouldn’t talk politics on my blog. A good idea for me, because I am so passionate about my politics. Ask anyone who knows me.
But I will tell you about my experience with Food Stamps.
When I was growing up in rural south Alabama, Dad’s store sold food stamps. Or traded with Food Stamps, or whatever they did to exchange them.
They had this little green machine that would spit them out. They were sticky, like a postage stamp, and you could stick them in this little booklet. Once you had a certain number of Food Stamps, you could order toys or other stuff from a Food Stamps catalog.
We had a big Food Stamps sign stuck on the front of our store’s plate glass window. That’s all I can remember. Fact is, I’m not even sure that is how the Food Stamps program worked. I was little when we were doing that.
I didn’t even know they still made Food Stamps.
Oh, wait a minute….
I just looked up my picture about Food Stamps so that I could post it.
Looks like we did not sell Food Stamps. We sold green stamps. My bad.
So here is the scoop that I got from Wiki…therefore, believe it at your own risk, right?
S & H stood for a company established in 1896 by Thomas Sperry and Shelley Byron (okay, that name is already suspect… He was named after Lord Byron and Percy Shelley, maybe??).
Apparently, store owners doled out the green stamps as sort of a rewards program to their customers. (Heyyyyyyy, the CVS of their time!) The stamps were given in denominations of 1, 10, and 50 points. Customers would get a free little book with 24 pages to stick their stamps. When they got a certain number of points, they could order out of the catalog. I think I read somewhere that the stamp program went on until the mid-1980s.
– The catalog was the largest publication printed in the U.S. in the 1960’s.
– In the 1960’s, S & H printed more stamps than the U.S. Postal Service.
All of this is from Wiki, but verified. The company is still around, but now it uses “green points” instead of the stamps. But I think the little perforated, gummy stamps were a lot more fun.
P.S.: I found a bunch of images of the Green Stamps at eBay. I emailed the sellers and asked if I could use their pictures in return for me linking up to their eBay page. I like the share-ability of the ‘Net, don’t you? If they say “yes,” then I’ll post more pictures later.