A study of the various types of British Trading Stamps

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A study of the various types of British Trading Stamps

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Being in the retail industry I have an interest in the many marketing methods used - especially when they involve stamps.

Trading stamps have been around for over a century. No-one seems to know who did them first but the largest and most successful trading stamp company was Sperry & Hutchinson who started in the United States in 1896.
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This thread has been set up for collectors to record their British Trading Stamps.

I have also set up threads for trading stamps from Australia and America.

Australian Trading Stamps -
https://www.stampboards.com/viewtopic.php?f=23&t=15983


American Trading Stamps -
https://www.stampboards.com/viewtopic.php?f=23&t=15984


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saphilatelist wrote: This thread has been set up for collectors to record their American Trading Stamps.
Perhaps the title should be changed then :?: :?: :?
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Thanks norvic, the perils of cut and paste.

The title is correct, but the sentence should of course read

"This thread has been set up for collectors to record their British trading stamps."

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Green Shield Stamps.

These would be the most famous of British trading stamps. I only have two books. The vertical format book contains stamps with a '6' denomination. Two sizes are stuck in the book. I think the smaller replaced the larger size.

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The 1964 Trading Stamp Act allowed stamps to be redeemed for cash and from this date they bear a face value. The stamps in this book bear a face value of 0.075 of a penny.

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A block of stamps in this book shows a nice pre-printing paper crease that has opened out leaving a large white flaw across four stamps.

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Any further details on Green Shield stamps appreciated.

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Sperry & Hutchinson (UK)

America's largest trading stamp company also operated in the UK. Here's a book offered on ebay some time ago but I missed it. I think it would date from the early 1960s predating the 1964 Trading Stamp Act as the stamps contained within do not have a denomination.

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A block of stamps in my collection shows the words "UNITED KINGDOM" at the base of the earlier stamps (see above) replaced with the face value of 0.075d. This would date from 1964 to 1971 - when decimal currency was introduced in the UK.

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The Co-operative Wholesale Society Ltd.

These "CO-OP" dividend stamps show redemption values of .080d and .033p suggesting they date from 1971 or thereabouts.

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What a big discount -- .33 of a penny!
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Global Administrator wrote:What a big discount -- .33 of a penny!
Ah, but that's the dual currency version - .080d and .033p.
The co-op (I think) also produced larger stamps which were 4 x the size of these but counted for a whole page in the book.
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Global Administrator wrote:What a big discount -- .33 of a penny!
Glen, read that again - it's .033 of a penny.

And that's not the discount - that's the "cash value" of the stamp which under UK law was (and still in for some savings/discount schemes) a different matter. As Martin said:
saphilatelist wrote:The 1964 Trading Stamp Act allowed stamps to be redeemed for cash and from this date they bear a face value. The stamps in this book bear a face value of 0.075 of a penny.
A book of Green Shield stamps or S&H stamps (commonly known as "Pink Stamps" at the time) could be exchanged for a more valuable gift, maybe a few pounds in value, but the companies were obliged by law to provide a cash value for each individual stamp, so they made those "surrender values" as small as possible, i.e. the tiny fractions of a penny shown.
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gavin-h is right.

Some of the American trading stamps have a cash redemption value of one thousandth of a cent!
More on those when I start scanning the hundreds of different types I have.

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Some later Co-Ops

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There's a pile of these in the Jim Brodie estate, which we at the RPSNZ are still grinding through the process of lotting.

Here's the first few.

Xmas savings books for Allied Stores
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Victoria Wine Co
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S&W, and Soverign
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Regal Trading book, three different types on one page.
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A bunch of miscellaneous ones
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And more


Lyons
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Leisure Arts
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Green Shield
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And finally ...

Gateway
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Co-op
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Some cigarette ones
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and Brooke Bond tea
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Actually I was living in London in 1991 when the "new" Green Shields stamps called it a day.

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The Blue Chip ones continued on.


This contemporary article makes interested reading and gives a good history of the company.

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adam78 wrote:S&W, and Soverign
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Adam,

The caption on the top one is incorrect - it's actually "S&H" for "Sperry and Hutchinson". The error is understandable - the script "H" looks very like a "W". A later version with a clearer typeface was illustrated earlier in this thread.

By the way, these were commonly known at the time, with great imagination and for fairly obvious reasons, as "Pink Stamps". :shock:
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Beautiful stamps!! Thanks for sharing!

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Anyone have an idea of where these originated......

Found in a New Zealand Bulk purchase.......value = 0.125p which could be UK or NZ?

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Azzaro — these stamps and similar designs were in use in the UK by Co-Operative supermarkets in recent years. They were for specific offers (towels, cookware, cuddly toys) rather than dividend stamps.
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I found the backup of the original lost images from 2010 above so for completeness here they are.
Brooke Bond
Brooke Bond
Cigarette trading coupons
Cigarette trading coupons
Co-Op
Co-Op
Gateway
Gateway
Green Shield
Green Shield
Green Shield
Green Shield
Leisure Arts
Leisure Arts
Lyons
Lyons
Misc trading stamps
Misc trading stamps
Pink
Pink
Regal Trading
Regal Trading
S&W and Sovereign
S&W and Sovereign
Victoria Wine
Victoria Wine
Xmas books
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Ahoj everyone!

What a pity so many earlier pictures are dead!

Here are a few scans of items which I put on ebay after exploring the attic. They were mainly collected at petrol stations in the 1970s, I think.

a) Civic stamps folder

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b) Civic stamps inside

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c) Pink Stamps Booklet

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d) Pink Stamps inside

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e) Blue Chip Catalogue front

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f ) Blue Chips catalogue rear

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Iain P wrote: 29 Apr 2022 22:51
And finally, a stamp but not a copyright stamp. It's a shame about the bite out of it, but it still has vintage charm:
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The above is taken from the nearby thread on copyright stamps.

I have four others like this, all the same p15x14, but found in New Zealand. Used as store saving stamps - booklet notes they are purchased from a vending machine, so a form of saving. I know Sainsbury's had a machine dispensing £1 stamps when I lived in London in 1990-91.
SAVED saving stamp 6d rose
SAVED saving stamp 6d rose
SAVED saving stamp 6d convolvulus
SAVED saving stamp 6d convolvulus
SAVED saving stamp 6d chicken
SAVED saving stamp 6d chicken
SAVED saving stamp 1/- needle & thread
SAVED saving stamp 1/- needle & thread
The 6d chicken apparently came from Napier butchery in 1965, while the 1/- is affixed to a Turangi Supermarket (1970) Membership Pass Book (noting NZ went decimal in 1967).
Turangi Supermarket savings booklet cover
Turangi Supermarket savings booklet cover
Stamp Saved 1 shilling Turangi booklet
Stamp Saved 1 shilling Turangi booklet
Anyone seen these before, or any others in the series?
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Here is the Sainsbury stamp I purchased back in 1990 or 1991.
Sainsbury £1 saving stamp 1990
Sainsbury £1 saving stamp 1990
Obviously a coil which makes sense for a vending machine.

Looking at the stamps above, I wonder if they weren't actually sold over the Supermarket counter from sheets, they dont have any sign of being through a vending machine, despite what the back of the booklet says.
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