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I am Perry Peterson, a retired auditor and tax accountant. My wife Valeta and I live along the front range of the beautiful Colorado Rocky Mountains.
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When I was young we didn’t even think about back to school until after Labor day and our list of essentials was pretty short.
Nowadays they hit the classrooms in mid August and the list of essentials is much longer.
When my brother Wesley and I went away to school we didn’t take much.
We had a jointly owned 13-year-old Oldsmobile. We loaded it with two suitcases and a couple of cardboard boxes full of stuff.
We couldn’t take much more. The Plainview Academy dorm rooms weren’t very spacious.
I took a few extra pairs of socks and underwear, one dress suit, one sport coat, six or seven shirts for class, three pairs of jeans, two pairs of slacks, two pairs of shoes, a pair of boots, one windbreaker and one winter coat.
My most prized possessions were drawing pencils, some water color paints, a primitive drafting board with a wobbly T-square and a Kodak Duaflex box camera with a few rolls of 620 Verichrome panchromatic film.
Kids today think Verichrome panchromatic film must be the name of a new horror movie.
Backpack? Forget it! I would have been laughed out of school carrying a backpack in those days.
No radio, no record player, just bare-bones stuff, but I was happy as a bunny in a cabbage patch.
It’s a whole new ball game today. Now it takes much more to satisfy a cabbage patch bunny.
Kids today won’t be seen in an 'old ladies car' such as the 13-year-old Oldsmobile my brother Wesley and I owned. Nope, they ain’t happy if they don’t have a cool SUV or Crossover such as a new Dodge Durango or Ford Edge.
The list of stuff students "need" is much longer now:
4. MacBook Pro
5. 3-in-one printer/copier/scanner
6. Flat screen TV
7. PlayStation 2.
Why is the PlayStation 2 essential? That’s what they use to play their DVD’s. After all, they can’t study unless Kid Rock is rockin' the room.
As the old Bob Dylan song says, The Times, They Are a-Changin’…
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.
One of the first things Dillard’s did was to close the “flagship” Miller and Paine store (shown above) at 13th and “O” in downtown Lincoln, Nebraska.