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Ah, those green stamps! That's how we got out "Scotch Cooler," the plaid, metal, round, insulated container that we took to the beach all summer to keep our sandwiches and drinks cold.

Green stamps gave us something for nothing, and everyone post-depression was frugal enough to love anything free. My FIL was always opening new bank accounts to get a free toaster or other prize. And we always went to movies on whatever day of the week it was when they gave you a free drinking glass. Some gas stations also had promotions where they gave you a dish or a glass, and supermarkets also had promotions where they offered a set of dishes and each week gave shoppers one piece of the set free. Our kitchen was filled with mismatched dinnerware, often covered with logos, from such events. My in-laws also smoked a brand of cigarettes that they really didn't prefer, because each pack contained a coupon you could save to get free merchandise.

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