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Thread: Green Shield Stamps

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    Default Green Shield Stamps

    In the 70's when you bought something in a shop you earned Green Shield stamps

    There were catalogues where you could spend books of stamps to buy things

    Usually things like clothing, tech, toys etc. etc.

    You could even buy, believe it or not, a brand spanking new Ford Escort from your local Ford dealership

    I forget how many books to pay for a car a few thousand quid new

    I wonder if anyone actually bought a Ford Escort with Green Shield stamps lol

    Do you really believe the other side without provocation would launch so many ICBM's, subs and ships knowing that we would have no option to launch as well? It would break our MAD Treaty (Mutually Assured Destruction) not to mention the end of the world as we know it.


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    Default Re: Green Shield Stamps

    I did hear that someone did buy a Ford Cortina mk3 with green shield stamps, got all the family to collect.

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    Default Re: Green Shield Stamps

    Argos was basically a mainstream conversion from the Green Shield Stamps format - you would need a lot of stamps for a car, even back then.
    I am now in my 40s (just in case anyone asks).

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    I remember there was a speedboat--like the ones they sometimes had on Bullseye--in one catalogue. Petrol stations often gave out stamps, so if you were a rep doing lots of miles in your car, you could quickly fill up books.

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    Default Re: Green Shield Stamps

    The Co-op also did "dividend stamps" commonly known as the"divi" they were blue and you got double stamps on tuesdays but these could only be spent instore. i think a full book was worth a pound

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    Default Re: Green Shield Stamps

    I seem to recall my mum and dad getting GS stamps when buying fags and using them to buy... fags! (I may be misremembering though...)
    Time flies like the wind, fruit flies like bananas - go figure!

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    Default Re: Green Shield Stamps

    I recall these well (or rather the re-collections of generations of the family re-citing the story's of them to me)!!

    The last time ever I saw any/bought any/knew of any was the 15th of April 1989 - the day of the Hillsborough Disaster from a Petrol Station between Sheffield and Mansfield (though probably nearer to Mansfield) when out with my Dad. It is strange - just like Princess Diana, JFK being shot etc and the Twin Towers/other Terroist attacks in America that day how on specific dates all have a link/connection no matter how remote it may be. Of course though April 15th 1989 was one day before my 12th Birthday, so that adds further to such events when associating/linking them etc
    80sChav

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