Top Value Stamps was one of larger trading stamps companies during the time period when S&H Green Stamps dominated the market.1 The 1967 Top Value catalog cover, pictured above, featured an illustration by Norman Rockwell, whose paintings were used on at least five other catalog covers for Top Value over the years.
Top Value went out of business in the early 1980s. But its catalogs remain interesting time capsules of the styles and products of an era. Here are some additional images from the 1967 catalog that grabbed my attention:
Pictured above is the Bates "Flinger" Woven Spread.2 Description: "Striped right, colored right. A fling of fashion for modern living. Machine wash, dry; no press; spot resistant." The spread costs 2.6 Top Value books, and it's not clear whether the young banjo player is included with your purchase.
Pictured above: "The Golden Bath"
If you're about my age (say, between 35 and 45), it's extremely likely that you grew up having a grandparent whose bathroom looked a lot like this. Am I wrong? Pictured items include the Mantilla-style Callaway towel set (1.8 Top Value books); the Amesware four-piece bathroom set (plastic tumbler, tissue box, wastebasket and soap dish for 1.2 books); the Brearly Hassock Hamper of quilted washable vinyl (4.4 books); the Borg Meteor bathroom scale (3 books); and the Ames monogram shower curtain (3 books).
Check out all the toys in this photo! Items include:
- Electronic two-phone light-up switchboard (3 Top Value books)
- Lego building system with 375 assorted bricks (2.4 books)
- Handy Andy tool set (1 book)
- "Stock Market Game" by Whitman (1 book)
- Yogi Bear Puncho, with Boo-Boo printed on back (1 book)3
- Foto-Electric Football game (2.2 books)
- Merdel Skittles game (2.2 books)
1. Did you know you can still redeem your S&H Green Stamps? According to the S&H greenpoints website: "Yes, Green Stamps are certainly worth something. … You can exchange them for merchandise, cash, or trade them in for greenpoints. If you are choosing items from our current catalog, keep in mind that we convert Green Stamps to greenpoints using a one to one ratio. So, if you have Green Stamps that say 1, 10, or 50, they will be converted to 1, 10, or 50 greenpoints." (Also, according to greenpoints, "as of January 1, 2010, Top Value Certificates or Stamps are no longer accepted.")
2. Some history on Bates bedspreads from P.C. Fallon Co.: "Years ago, Bates of Maine was the world's largest manufacturer of bedspreads. Almost every house had at least one Bates bedspread. Times and tastes changed and those old bedspreads were put in closets and forgotten about. A new generation is now appreciating the classic beauty of the old Bates Bedspreads and people are searching them out. We get many inquiries about the value of old spreads. The old Bates bedspreads have little value as antiques because so many were produced. We tell people to use them and enjoy them as a bedspread."
3. If you haven't seen this Youtube video, AND you have a very dark sense of humor, AND you're familiar with Yogi Bear and the 2007 movie "The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford" you might enjoy this video.