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Jun 21, 2021 7:17 PM CST Promotional Offers of the Mid- to Late-Twentieth Century...
jac_the_gripper
jac_the_gripperjac_the_gripperTonyrefail, South Glamorgan, Wales UK20 Threads 6,847 Posts
I was sipping wine from a blue-green 1960's 'Esso glass' when I saw that MissCellaneous had posted a video of the Bay City Rollers' hit 'Bye Bye Baby'.

It reminded me of Smith's crisps having a promotional offer in the 70's where you could cut out greasy tokens from the packets and send off for hit singles.

My dad was rather partial to a bag of salt 'n' vinegar with a piece of cheddar, so I think I had the whole collection including Bye Bye Baby.

The records were made of such fascinatingly thin, floppy plastic, I think the crisp packets may have been more substantial. Fortunately, my Esso tumbler is made of sterner stuff. laugh

From Green Shield Stamps to tokens on breakfast cereal boxes, what do you remember collecting and sending off for during this era?
Jun 22, 2021 12:54 AM CST Promotional Offers of the Mid- to Late-Twentieth Century...
deviantsIice
deviantsIicedeviantsIiceWhy aye yer bugger, Tyne and Wear, England UK8 Threads 611 Posts
ESSO Football coins for the 1970 World Cup squad springs to mind.
Embassy tokens, although nothing was ever ordered from the catalogue. They were usually cashed in at the local newsagents.
Picture cards from packets of tea.
There must have been other stuff but it's buried in the fog of my mind.
Jun 22, 2021 12:57 AM CST Promotional Offers of the Mid- to Late-Twentieth Century...
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Mercedes_00online today!Mercedes_00Greater Sydney, New South Wales Australia20 Threads 26,862 Posts
Nothing laugh
Jun 22, 2021 1:41 AM CST Promotional Offers of the Mid- to Late-Twentieth Century...
deviantsIice
deviantsIicedeviantsIiceWhy aye yer bugger, Tyne and Wear, England UK8 Threads 611 Posts
Embassy coupons not vouchers. D'oh.

ESSO FA Cup Centenary coins from ESSO also.

Can remember various offers on cereal packets but they'd usually expired before we had consumed the required amount. Usually several tons iirc.
Jun 22, 2021 2:30 AM CST Promotional Offers of the Mid- to Late-Twentieth Century...
jac_the_gripper
jac_the_gripperjac_the_gripperTonyrefail, South Glamorgan, Wales UK20 Threads 6,847 Posts
deviantsIice: Embassy coupons not vouchers. D'oh.

ESSO FA Cup Centenary coins from ESSO also.

Can remember various offers on cereal packets but they'd usually expired before we had consumed the required amount. Usually several tons iirc.
rolling on the floor laughing

Yes, it was much more rewarding when you could rummage through a packet of cereal like an eight year old food pathogen with hands to find a plastic toy. I seem to remember prefering toast once the toy had been retrieved, so maybe that didn't work any better as a sales boost than the Jesus feeds the 5,000 with rice pops approach. laugh

Embassy coupons? Cigarettes?

I remember Tetley Tea Folk cards now you've prompted me, but getting too many disappointing doubles for my mother to continue to bravely stomach the altogether way too English tea brand. She made German tea which didn't have the strength to get out of the pot without a stern talking to.laugh

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Jun 22, 2021 3:39 AM CST Promotional Offers of the Mid- to Late-Twentieth Century...
Lostedonline today!
Lostedonline today!LostedSherman, Texas USA1 Threads 451 Posts
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Jun 22, 2021 3:51 AM CST Promotional Offers of the Mid- to Late-Twentieth Century...
Car54
Car54Car54Noneya, Luxembourg Belgium6 Threads 565 Posts
jac_the_gripper: I was sipping wine from a blue-green 1960's 'Esso glass' when I saw that MissCellaneous had posted a video of the Bay City Rollers' hit 'Bye Bye Baby'.

It reminded me of Smith's crisps having a promotional offer in the 70's where you could cut out greasy tokens from the packets and send off for hit singles.

My dad was rather partial to a bag of salt 'n' vinegar with a piece of cheddar, so I think I had the whole collection including Bye Bye Baby.

The records were made of such fascinatingly thin, floppy plastic, I think the crisp packets may have been more substantial. Fortunately, my Esso tumbler is made of sterner stuff.

From Green Shield Stamps to tokens on breakfast cereal boxes, what do you remember collecting and sending off for during this era?
You had the chance to have that, be at home with parents, collect stuff from products, have lullabies sung to you...
I was in an orphanage from 2 months to 10yo where I was abused and beaten, had to fight other children to keep my 4 o'clock snack and was separated from siblings. So. Yea.
Jun 22, 2021 5:12 AM CST Promotional Offers of the Mid- to Late-Twentieth Century...
jac_the_gripper
jac_the_gripperjac_the_gripperTonyrefail, South Glamorgan, Wales UK20 Threads 6,847 Posts
Car54: You had the chance to have that, be at home with parents, collect stuff from products, have lullabies sung to you...
I was in an orphanage from 2 months to 10yo where I was abused and beaten, had to fight other children to keep my 4 o'clock snack and was separated from siblings. So. Yea.
I'm sorry to hear of your experiences, but remembering a highlight in the form of exchanging tokens for the Bay City Rollers does not necessarily imply a utopian childhood.

Jun 22, 2021 5:54 AM CST Promotional Offers of the Mid- to Late-Twentieth Century...
Car54
Car54Car54Noneya, Luxembourg Belgium6 Threads 565 Posts
jac_the_gripper: I'm sorry to hear of your experiences, but remembering a highlight in the form of exchanging tokens for the Bay City Rollers does not necessarily imply a utopian childhood.
Never thought you had a "utopian" childhood and am not trying to insinuate such. Not trying to to belittle you and have no animosity.
I just thought it would have been nice to be able to collect such things as a child. As it was, all I collected was grief.
Jun 22, 2021 5:54 AM CST Promotional Offers of the Mid- to Late-Twentieth Century...
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ChesneyChristonline now!ChesneyChristManchester, Greater Manchester, England UK8,833 Posts
Nothing. But I remember, fondly remember, when they used to put real fivers in crisps. I'd send those off pretty quickly, mostly for more crisps.
Jun 22, 2021 6:32 AM CST Promotional Offers of the Mid- to Late-Twentieth Century...
jac_the_gripper
jac_the_gripperjac_the_gripperTonyrefail, South Glamorgan, Wales UK20 Threads 6,847 Posts
ChesneyChrist: Nothing. But I remember, fondly remember, when they used to put real fivers in crisps. I'd send those off pretty quickly, mostly for more crisps.
Aah, you're too young to remember the heyday of promotional tokens and stamps.

I suppose it relied upon delayed gratification, having little enough that 'free' crockery, music and plastic figurines were a significant asset and having little shame about picking up weathered litter from the street like it was panning for gold.

I can't say my mum was happy about the litter thing, but she collected apple cores she found in the gutter that had been discarded by the American soldiers and washed them off under the outside tap so Oma wouldn't see.

Is the current version youtube channel competitions and giveaways?
Jun 22, 2021 6:40 AM CST Promotional Offers of the Mid- to Late-Twentieth Century...
jac_the_gripper
jac_the_gripperjac_the_gripperTonyrefail, South Glamorgan, Wales UK20 Threads 6,847 Posts
Car54: Never thought you had a "utopian" childhood and am not trying to insinuate such. Not trying to to belittle you and have no animosity.
I just thought it would have been nice to be able to collect such things as a child. As it was, all I collected was grief.
Yes, it was nice.

Like I said, a highlight, like Chesney said, remembered with fondness.

Remembered with humour also, because it was a bit ridiculous.
Jun 22, 2021 6:54 AM CST Promotional Offers of the Mid- to Late-Twentieth Century...
Car54
Car54Car54Noneya, Luxembourg Belgium6 Threads 565 Posts
jac_the_gripper: Yes, it was nice.

Like I said, a highlight, like Chesney said, remembered with fondness.

Remembered with humour also, because it was a bit ridiculous.
I'm really glad you have some fond memories of your childhood. I do too in fact.
I have a fond memory of when my dad went to see the direction of the establishment to speak to them about the abuses on children there. I remember very fondly, from outside the office, when I heard commotion and loud crashes and, as the door opened and my dad walked out and left, saw the office completely destroyed and the director's frozen face trying to understand what had just happened.
That was a great day.
Jun 22, 2021 6:58 AM CST Promotional Offers of the Mid- to Late-Twentieth Century...
I collected baseball cards with popular players. Friends and I studied the statistics found on the back of them. I never cashed in for anything other than share duplicate or trade with buddies for baseball players on same team or positions in any given active season. The slice of gum included in every small pack of players was delicious! Batter Up!
Jun 22, 2021 7:06 AM CST Promotional Offers of the Mid- to Late-Twentieth Century...
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bodleing2online today!bodleing2Manchester, Greater Manchester, England UK49 Threads 4,684 Posts
Green shield stamps became so popular, for a while they could be used as currency where i lived. I forget the rate, but they were easy to turn into cash. Of course the amount people would pay was well below the value of any goods the stamps could be exchanged for, but for many it was a way of raising a bit of extra cash.
Jun 22, 2021 8:51 AM CST Promotional Offers of the Mid- to Late-Twentieth Century...
I remember Cracker Jack, with the prizes inside... laugh

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Jun 22, 2021 9:00 AM CST Promotional Offers of the Mid- to Late-Twentieth Century...
Inthewoods: I remember Cracker Jack, with the prizes inside...
Oh man, they tasted so good smitten
Jun 22, 2021 9:23 AM CST Promotional Offers of the Mid- to Late-Twentieth Century...
jac_the_gripper: I was sipping wine from a blue-green 1960's 'Esso glass' when I saw that MissCellaneous had posted a video of the Bay City Rollers' hit 'Bye Bye Baby'.

It reminded me of Smith's crisps having a promotional offer in the 70's where you could cut out greasy tokens from the packets and send off for hit singles.

My dad was rather partial to a bag of salt 'n' vinegar with a piece of cheddar, so I think I had the whole collection including Bye Bye Baby.

The records were made of such fascinatingly thin, floppy plastic, I think the crisp packets may have been more substantial. Fortunately, my Esso tumbler is made of sterner stuff.

From Green Shield Stamps to tokens on breakfast cereal boxes, what do you remember collecting and sending off for during this era?
Just two things come to mind: My aunt turned me on to collecting “S&H Green Stamps”, usually from supermarkets, and with some help from her, I finally had enough to buy my first camera! Later, when I bought my first car, Chevron * gas stations gave out “point cards”, and after collecting enough, you got a free run through their car wash, more points earned you an oil change.

*I think it was Chevron, could be another...
Jun 22, 2021 9:25 AM CST Promotional Offers of the Mid- to Late-Twentieth Century...
Inthewoods: I remember Cracker Jack, with the prizes inside...
The first prizes were little tin toys—some came flat and you had to “bend” them to shape. I believe these are extremely expensive in antique shops now.
Jun 22, 2021 9:30 AM CST Promotional Offers of the Mid- to Late-Twentieth Century...
jac_the_gripper
jac_the_gripperjac_the_gripperTonyrefail, South Glamorgan, Wales UK20 Threads 6,847 Posts
Car54: I'm really glad you have some fond memories of your childhood. I do too in fact.
I have a fond memory of when my dad went to see the direction of the establishment to speak to them about the abuses on children there. I remember very fondly, from outside the office, when I heard commotion and loud crashes and, as the door opened and my dad walked out and left, saw the office completely destroyed and the director's frozen face trying to understand what had just happened.
That was a great day.
Where were you after you left the establishment aged 10?
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