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WWI-Era US Government Thrift Cards Worth Anything As Historical Antiques?

 
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Posted 08/26/2022   09:56 am  Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add thefivecardtrick to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
I found a couple of them inside a box of stamps given to me by a relative. Photo of one attached. (Apologies for their being sideways. I rotated them properly, and they uploaded sideways.) They both have the owners' names inside, and only one stamp.

I wasn't expecting anything from a hundred years ago in here, especially considering that all the uncanceled stamps had no value except as postage. (I consulted a local stamp dealer.)


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Posted 08/26/2022   2:46 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add thefivecardtrick to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I also just discovered this artifact from apparently the 1930s--photo attached. It is labeled "stamp" but is obviously not postage.
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Posted 08/26/2022   2:52 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add rod222 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Labelled "Tax Paid Stamp" which is correct.
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Posted 08/26/2022   3:16 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add jleb1979 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
There is a thread on oleomargarine at http://goscf.com/t/6379&whichpage=2

You'll notice yours is for uncolored. There was an equivalent stamp -- in color, aptly enough -- for colored oleomargarine.
I am sure there are fervent collectors of margarine items out there, although most of us old-timers prefer butter, it appears.

As an aside, I recall reading a book long ago about submarine warfare in the Pacific during WWII in which, after returning to Pearl Harbor after a mission, some of the crew repaired asap to a local establishment and enjoyed -- wait for it.......

.......a stick of real butter between two slices of white bread, so disgusted had they been with the taste of their undersea oleo!

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Posted 09/04/2022   3:16 pm  Show Profile Check Nells250's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add Nells250 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
The thrift stamp may be WS1, which isn't in my Scott catalog (unless I am blind), but there are some on The 'Bay for a variety of prices.

There are many different Oleo stamps, and prices vary.

http://goscf.com/t/6379
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Posted 09/04/2022   3:22 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add John Becker to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Yes, the stamp is WS1. It never had value as postage since it is not a postage stamp.
Scott lists this "on document (thrift card)" with a value of $7.50 in the 2017 Specialized catalog, but these are easily findable for much less.
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