10 Oct


S&H Green Stamps were trading stamps popular in the United States from the 1930s until the late 1980s. They were distributed as part of a rewards program operated by the Sperry & Hutchinson company (S&H), founded in 1896 by Thomas Sperry and Shelley Byron Hutchinson. During the 1960s, the company promoted its rewards catalog as being the largest publication in the United States and boasted that it issued three times as many stamps as the U.S. Postal Service. Customers would receive stamps at the checkout counter of supermarkets, department stores, and gasoline stations among other retailers, which could be redeemed for products in the catalog.[citation needed]

S&H Green Stamps had several competitors, including Gold Bell Gift Stamps (in the Midwest), Triple S Stamps (offered by Grand Union Supermarkets), Gold Bond Stamps, Blue Chip Stamps, Plaid Stamps (a project of A&P Supermarkets), Top Value Stamps, and Eagle Stamps (a project of several divisions of the May Department Stores Co. of St. Louis, Missouri and offered, notably, by May Company stores, supermarkets, drug stores, gas stations, and dry cleaners in the Cleveland, Ohio area).


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  1. Patricia

    October 10, 2016 at 11:54 am

    Oh man! Memories….what did happen to them?

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  2. America On Coffee

    October 10, 2016 at 1:26 pm

    Cannot imagine!

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  3. topoet

    October 11, 2016 at 2:50 pm

    we had them here in Canada as well – I can remember my sisters pasting them in booklets to save Xmas presents.


  4. America On Coffee

    October 13, 2016 at 3:45 am

    Thought it was an all American rewards program. There were also Orange stamps and Blue Chip stamps here in the USA for the same purpose. Canada probably had them too. Anyhows– You know, we Americans shared much back in those days.


  5. eths

    October 15, 2016 at 11:21 am

    I loved them and it was so much fun to collect and get a bookful.

    Liked by 1 person

  6. America On Coffee

    October 15, 2016 at 8:28 pm

    ….and collect enough of them for great Christmas gifts.:-)

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