Friday, November 28, 2008

VINTAGE VIGNETTE #4

Do you remember S&H Green Stamps? Back in the 1950s and 1960s grocery stores and gas stations gave out S&H Green Stamps; so many stamps for so many dollars spent. As a new bride, I was very faithful to glue the stamps we received into their little books. There were redemption stores in most towns of any size where you could take your books of stamps to redeem them for merchandise. What a bonus for newlyweds to be able to outfit their home with free merchandise!! The black, tole lamp in this vignette was one of those items I got free by redeeming my stamps.


The little child's antique sewing machine and the iron on a trivet were given to me by a friend of my mother. They were played with by this friend when she was a little girl. I suppose I was about 6 years old when she gave them to me. The seal embossers on the right belonged to my grandfather; the smaller one was used to certify papers for the "Grand Valley Drainage District" and the larger one for the family sheep business. I love their sculptural shape.



Thanks for stopping by,


Sally

18 comments:

onlymehere said...

I could spend all day looking at your treasures! I remember mom getting so excited when she'd fill another book with stamps. She got some nice things too but I honestly can't remember what, just that it gave her such joy!

Tootsie said...

SIMPLY FANTASTIC!!!! when you ever tire of those...send them to me! I love them all! especially that sewing machine!

Smilingsal said...

Now, this is much easier on the eyes than yesterday's post!

nikkicrumpet said...

It's funny how alone the pieces would have the same impact as they do when they are put together with such flair. You do such a great job making vignettes!

A Romantic Porch said...

Your vignette is so darling. Yes, I remember S&H Green Stamps. My mother collected them when I was little. It was so fun to go with her to pick out things she needed. AND she would let me stick them in the books...I LOVED that!

Sweetie said...

How well I remember S & H green stamps. We even got them with heating oil. I remember pasting the stamps in the books and being so excited about redeeming them. The black, tole lamp is lovely.
Sweetie

Sue said...

I remember S&H green stamps very well...My mother outfitted the whole house from those little stamp books....nice memory.

Happy To Be said...

GM Sally...now girl you know I am drooling over all these little antiques items..and I so remember Green Stamps..they were like Gold to me when I also was a new bride..but also remember it took like a book just to get a pack of playing cards..Then in our area they started giving out Blue Chip stamps..Great memories today..thanks for sharing...hugs and smiles Gloria

Cami @ Creating Myself said...

I remember green stamps. I can still taste them if I try hard enough. ;o) Love that vignette!

Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving Sally!

profenretraite said...

Hi Sally...Yes, I do remember Green Stamps! That's telling my age, isn't it? Thanks so much for visiting my blog because it lead me to yours! You know from visiting my blog, that my eyes bugged out on stems at the sight of all of your beautiful plates...in the first photo, on the counter, in the dishwasher...wow! Mine just hang on the wall. Maybe they'd appreciate it if I would take them down and give them a whirl every once in a while! I'm adding you to my list. I'll be back...Debbie

Anonymous said...

Sally, I love all your plates! Thank you so much for the sweet comments you made about my sunroom on Laurie's blog I so appreciate it! Connie/puddin07

Judy said...

How well I remember the S&H Greenstamps. My grandmother saved them and she always let me paste them in her books so we could shop for something! Gosh, this really takes me back 40+ years when I would sit at her big kitchen table in the hot summertime and see how many books we could fill!

The good old days really were good!

Judy

P.S. Thanks for your sympathy in the football game rivalry...we didn't even put a point on the scoreboard!

Bo said...

Hi Sally...wonderful vignette here...wouldn't it be nice to have Green Stamps again! BTW, my computer is sooo sick...I've got to try to find somebody to fix it...so if I'm missing in action, you'll know why...I'm using my DH's acc't. to post this...Oh the misery! ;-) Bo

Picket said...

hey girl....oh yes I remember S&H green stamps...mama got alot of stuff with them! Love the vignette and I couldn't help but laugh at your after the Thanksgiving dinner kitchen! lol lol Oh girl i'd never be brave enough to show mine after my crew comes running thru it! lol Thanks so much for coming by...hope you are having a great day!

the pleasures of homemaking said...

My goodness, I had totally forgotten about the stamps! I remember going to the store with our last book of stamps but I can't remember what I got! That's so great that you have the lamp still!

Manuela

Shelia said...

Afternoon, Sally! Oh, I love your little vignette! Yes, I remember S & H Green Stamps and Gold Bond Stamps. That was my thrill, mother letting me glue them into the little books. Then, like you, when I got married, I followed suit. That lamp is lovely!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia :)

imjacobsmom said...

Hi Sally, We never got such cool stuff with our green stamps. We got stuff like corning ware or bathroom scales. I have a pic of a green stamp dispenser that I took while at a antique store with Jacob. Of course, he wanted to buy it....I said heck no! ~ Robyn

Marilyn said...

Oh, I remember S&H Greenstamps well. I was very young when I started collecting them and couldn't wait to go to the "green stamp store" in our small town and cash them in. I got a set of towels for my Mom for Christmas, I think or at least a special occasion because I remember the lady that waited on me was a neighbor and told me she would wrap them for me. I took them to her house that afternoon after she got home and she did wrap them for me. I was about 10 years old....wow, what a memory and now that I think about it, how cool was that to ride our bikes downtown and not be afraid????? Those were the days!!! That was in Kansas, too, not New Mexico....lol.

Marilyn in NM