Aftermath: U.S.A. #2

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Levittown -- Loaded down with premiums, a happy mother and daughter leave the King Korn Redemption Center (at 2841, Hempstead Turnpike) in Levittown, Long Island, after exchanging their trading stamps for a variety of goods. Stamp savers can walk out of these stores with anything from baseballs to electric broilers. The firm has found that the average family fills one stamps-saver book of 1500 stamps a month. (1957)

8 comments:

Flickhead said...

Well, you just blew my mind. I forgot all about King Korn stamps until now...and my mother taking me to this very Redemption Center in the early 60s.

Mom always preferred King Korn over the Sinclair stamps...she had books of them stacked in a cabinet in the kitchen, and made sure every week at the checkout that she got all the stamps due her that day.

The economy was at an all-time high, but these stamp gimmicks played on the insecurities of people who lived through and remembered the Great Depression.

Flickhead said...

PS: I believe my mother also collected S&H Green Stamps. If I'm not mistaken, their logo was a housewife doing a jig in a Scottish kilt. Because Scottish people were supposed to be thrifty, or so we were told...

Volly said...

My mom favored "Triple-S" Blue Stamps, and seemed inordinately proud of knowing that it stood for "Stop, Shop and Save!"

Ah, Levittown...

Flickhead, are you sure it wasn't PLAID stamps your mom collected? They had those too!

Flickhead said...

Eegah! You may be right!

Richard Gibson said...

Interesting, we had Green Shield Stamps, copied it seems from our American cousins.

Vanwall said...

We were redeeming S&H Green Stamps right into the '80s, and Gold Bond Stamps, were popular when I was kid. S&H still does a sort of electronic-based system. They were actually based on a kind of scary business premise - they made money only if the stamps weren't redeemed. A lot them never were.

R.H. said...

I thought it was a pawn shop.

Fred said...

My Mom also collected the S&H Green Stamps back in the 60s. But, I never had the dubious pleasure of going with her to a redemption center (but did have the misfortune of numerous trips to Levittown for other purposes).