I had a weird thought the other day -- stamps. It wasn't about just any stamps, though. I was thinking about Christmas and how I used to buy presents for my family when I was a little girl. My mom would give me her Blue Chip Stamps and S&H Stamps. Does anyone remember those? These were trading stamps that ran from the 1930s to the 1980s.
We would receive the stamps as a reward at grocery stores, gas stations, and other places. The more we bought, the more stamps we got in return. Then we stuck the stamps into booklets and could cash them in for merchandise. I can still picture the stores we had in Ventura, California for both stamp companies. They were big showrooms and I remember taking my booklets of stamps in and redeeming them for products.
I was thinking about how I managed to pay for some gifts as a kid and these stamps came to mind. One year I got my mom a kitchen clock that resembled a bottle of wine, some cheese, and grapes. I can't remember anything else I got with the stamps, but I remember having a lot of fun saving and sticking them into books. Talk about a blast from the past, huh?