FOLLOWING your article in The Bugle (February 13 issue) I have happy memories of the Green shield stamps.
I believe that it was the impossible dream to be able to fill enough books to get the wonderful gifts that were on offer in the "Book of distinguished merchandise". In reality it took so long to fill even two books that I know I settled for a gift from the lower amount required.
I still have the "Stanley wood plane" (as shown in the photo of tools) in good working order, its handles are made from wood not like the modern plastic handles.
We as a family collected the required stamps from garages, grocers and all the local shops. The one fun way to get the stamps was on day trips or holidays in Rhyl, where the amusement arcades had "one armed bandits" that gave out stamps instead of cash.
If you were lucky enough to get a winning line on the bandit the stamps would come gushing out in a long stream of one stamp wide. This would be the best value as loads would be given.
In shops the Green Shield stamps could be given in large amounts that half filled a saver book page or they would be ripped off depending on how much you had spent. Hence the differing amounts of stamps that I still have. I recall having to travel from Wolverhampton to Dudley to redeem the books. Keep the memories coming.