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Sperry and Hutchinson began offering reward program trading stamps to retailers in 1896. Their popular S&H Green Stamps peaked in popularity during the 1950's and 1960's. In 2020, it was announced that all legacy S&H Green Stamps no longer had value and could no longer be redeemed.

White Rose Trading Stamps likened to S&H Green Stamps

White Rose Trading Stamps were used from about 1922 to 1934, where they were given and redeemed between participating downtown York businesses. They can be likened to the widely used S&H Green Stamps.

Sperry and Hutchinson began offering reward program trading stamps to retailers in 1896. Their popular S&H Green Stamps peaked in popularity during the 1950’s and 1960’s. In 2020, it was announced that all legacy S&H Green Stamps no longer had value and could no longer be redeemed.

Once or twice a month I look through newspapers of exactly 100-years ago. On Tuesday, I looked through The York Dispatch of December 26, 1923, and the opening for an ad from the Bon-Ton caught my attention.

Bon-Ton ad in December 26, 1923 issue of The York Dispatch. The Bon-Ton gave and redeemed White Rose Trading Stamps.

The Bon-Ton gave and redeemed White Rose Trading Stamps. I became curious about these stamps, so further research ensued.

Lehmayer ad in January 27, 1922 issue of The York Dispatch.

White Rose Trading Stamps appear to have their origins in 1922, per ads by several downtown York businesses, such as Lehmayer’s and Kahley & Swartzbaugh.

Kahley & Swartzbaugh ad in January 28, 1922 issue of The Gazette & Daily. A store “out of the high rent district” which also gave White Rose Trading Stamps.

One White Rose Trading Stamp was given for each 10-cents purchased. A book of 500 stamps was redeemed for $1.50 in Merchandise or $1.25 in Cash. Therefore purchasing $50 worth of goods resulted in 500 stamps. On the occasions when double stamps were given, purchasing $25 worth of goods resulted in 500 stamps.

White Rose Trading Stamp, as illustrated within a Bon-Ton ad in December 26, 1923 issue of The York Dispatch. These were used from about 1922 to 1934, where they were given and redeemed between participating downtown York businesses.

White Rose Trading Stamp, as illustrated within a Bon-Ton ad in December 26, 1923 issue of The York Dispatch. These were used from about 1922 to 1934. Stamps obtained at one of the participating downtown York businesses could be redeemed at that store or any of the other participating businesses.

In the original post I inquired if any readers have original White Rose Trading Stamps. The same day Douglas Hoyt shared image of this stamp in his collection:

White Rose Trading Stamp from collection of Douglas Hoyt.

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