Sperry & Hutchinson, distributor of S&H Green Stamps, was the most popular of literally dozens of savings stamp programs available in the last half of the 20th century.
Although S&H Green Stamps were available before 1900, most of the other savings stamps came out much later.
After you filled up a Green Stamp book, and tried your best to get the glue taste out of your mouth (we used a well dampened sponge) you drove down to the S&H Redemption Store (pictured) to shop for merchandise.
This is a “Stamp Saver” collection box made to hang on a wall. This is the one we used. It sat on top of the refrigerator and over the years collected enough stamps to fill several booklets.
We still have it displayed in the kitchen although it has not been used for Green Stamps for many years.
There were other similar stamps available in our area but the only ones we collected besides S&H Green Stamps were the Blue Community Savings Stamps that were available in Lincoln, Nebraska where we lived at that time.
Blue Stamps were given as premiums to many shoppers in Nebraska starting in the 1950's. Although available at many other area stores they were sponsored by Miller and Paine department stores in Lincoln and Grand Island Nebraska.
Blue Community Savings Stamps were popular in the 1950’s and 1960’s but lost their luster in the 1970's and finally died in the 1980's when Miller and Paine department stores were purchased by Dillard’s.