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Vintage Signs - Top Value Stamps

An original Top Value Stamps sign produced from the 1950s-1960s. Double sided, litho tin sign in yellow, red, and black TOP VALUE Stamps logo.

Condition - Original, as is, see photos - not restored, and not a reproduction
Dimensions - 36" tall x 23 1/4" wide

Rare Americana old sign for Top Value Stamps manufactured by the Gold Bond Stamp company of Minneapolis, Minnesota founded in 1938 by Curtis Carlson.


This Top Value Stamps sign features a yellow double sided litho tin Top Value Stamps advertising sign in a rectangle shape with black stamp outline, with the wording "Top Value" in red along the top and the wording "Stamps" in black under it, with a red ribbon above and below the text. The bottom right corner on both sides reads "Donasco" sign company, made in the USA. The back side is painted over, but the wording is still visible. This highly collectible Top Value Stamps sign has not been restored, and is sold in original, as-is condition from Scottsdale Art Factory.

All vintage signs and memorabilia offered are genuine collectable and appreciable assets, not fake reproductions. All items are fine collectable art at the highest world class collector level. Contact us to order vintage advertising signs, antique gas pumps, and classic Americana at 1-800-292-0008.

Vintage Advertising Sign Specifications:

  • Type: Litho Tin Sign
  • Company: Gold Bond Stamp Company
  • Product: Top Value Stamps
  • Era: 1950s-1960s
  • Color: Yellow, red, black
  • Dimensions: 36"T x 23.25"W
  • Condition: Original, as-is, see photos for details

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Top Value Stamps - Interesting Historical Facts

Top Value Stamps is the sister company of the Gold Bond Stamp Company which was founded in 1938 by Curtis L. Carlson (1914-1999) in his hometown of Minneapolis, Minnesota as customer loyalty program. Gold Bond swept the nation and revolutionized retail goods marketing, and were found in grocery stores, gas stations, drug stores and other independent merchants during the 1950s and 1960s.

Trading stamps are small paper coupons given to customers by merchants in loyalty marketing programs that predate the modern loyalty card. These stamps had no value individually, but when a customer accumulated a number of them, they could be exchanged with the trading stamp company (usually a third-party issuer of the stamps) for premiums, such as toys, personal items, housewares, furniture and appliances.

The practice started in the 1890s, at first given only to customers who paid for purchases in cash, to reward those who did not purchase on credit. It grew with the spread of chain gasoline stations in the early 1910s and the then-new industry of chain supermarkets in the 1920s, and merchants found it more profitable to award them to all customers. Trading stamps were at their most popular from the 1930s through the 1960s.

An example of the value of trading stamps would be during the 1970s and 1980s where the typical rate issued by a merchant was one stamp for each 10 of merchandise purchased. A typical book took approximately 1200 stamps to fill, or the equivalent of US $120.00 in purchases.

In the United States, the most popular brand of trading stamps was "S&H Green Stamps", sometimes informally simply known as "green stamps". Other larger brands, included "Top Value Stamps", "Gold Bond Stamps", "Plaid Stamps", "Blue Chip Stamps", "Buccaneer Stamps", and "Gold Strike Stamps". "Texas Gold Stamps" were given away in their namesake state mainly by the H-E-B grocery store chain, and Mahalo stamps in Hawaii.

Merchants would pay a third-party trading stamp company for the stamps, and then would advertise that they gave away trading stamps with purchases. The intent of this was to get customers to be loyal to the merchant, so that they would continue shopping there to obtain enough stamps to redeem for merchandise. Customers would fill books with stamps, and take the books to a trading stamp company redemption center to exchange them for premiums. Books could also be sent to the trading stamp company in exchange for premium merchandise via mail order catalogs.

In the early 1960s, the S&H Green Stamps company boasted that it printed more stamps annually than the number of postage stamps printed by the US government. By the 1960s, trading stamps had spread to other countries. Entrepreneur Richard Tompkins established Green Shield Stamps in the United Kingdom (independent of S&H Green Stamps, but with a similar trademark), selling stamps at filling stations, and signing up Tesco supermarkets to the franchise in 1963. By 1965, the British co-operative movement was offering trading stamps as a new means of allocating patronage dividends to its consumer members.

The bottom fell out of the trading stamp business in 1965, when supermarkets stopped issuing stamps altogether and started spending more money to advertise lower prices. Their role has been subsumed by rewards programs offered by credit card companies and other loyalty programs, such as grocery "Preferred Customer" cards.

Source: clcfamilyfoundation.com, wikipedia.org

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