S&H GREEN STAMPS, Kensington

by Kevin Walsh

S&H, which stood for the Sperry Hutchinson Company founded in 1896 by Thomas Sperry and Shelly B. Hutchinson, was the most prominent “rewards program” in which stamps were given out at checkout counters in retail stores,  gasoline stations and even movie theaters  around the country which could later be redeemed for goods in the Sperry Hutchinson catalog. S&H thrived for decades until the company was sold in 1981 and then gradually lost favor until 1999 when only 100 establishments around the country were offering them. 

However, the program carried on as S&H “Greenpoints” that could be redeemed online. This led to the unusual sight of an S&H Greenpoints sign on a Foodtown, not in Greenpoint but in Kensington, at McDonald Avenue and Albemarle Road. However, S&H Greenpoints didn’t really catch on and the program was discontinued in 2020. All was not lost, though, as internet searches for S&H Greenpoints redirected to a different online redeeming program called Freshpoints.

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David Meltzer June 1, 2022 - 11:13 pm

At Daitch in Mamaroneck they had Plaid Stamps. 10 books got a toaster oven.

Nunzio June 4, 2022 - 9:21 pm

Thank you, David! THAT brought back memories of the late 60’s, going shopping with my mother (who is currently 97) at the A&P in Lake Ronkonkoma, Long Island….as they gave out Plaid Stamps- but I hadn’t remembered that fact until you mentioned them!

chris June 2, 2022 - 9:09 am

That stuff went the way of Bambergers,Robert Halls,Johns Bargain Stores,Two Guys from Hackensack,
Howard Johnsons,the A&P,Chess King,Tie City…….

John Shupp June 23, 2022 - 10:14 am

Wasn’t that “2 Guys from Harrison”?

Allan Berlin June 2, 2022 - 11:25 am

Daitch? Now there is a name I have not heard in ages.

Peter June 2, 2022 - 12:40 pm

As best I can tell shoppers can use them only at Foodtown supermarkets.

Ginger June 2, 2022 - 8:58 pm

Eeek! I recognize this! My beau has an actual key tag with the Foodtown/S&P Greenpoints logos! It’s pretty scuffed from wear and age but still intact.

Edward F. June 3, 2022 - 7:07 am

S & H Green Stamps and Plaid Stamps were the big ones, at least in the NY Metro area.

William Mangahas June 4, 2022 - 6:57 am

Wasn’t there King Korn stamps, yellow in color ?

Lisanne Anderson June 3, 2022 - 7:35 pm

I thought that place was on Dahill Road at Albermarle. I passed by once but for some reason didn’t photograph it. There are a lot of interesting houses nearby.

Tiger June 8, 2022 - 6:25 am

to Chris: It was Two Guys from Harrison, not Hackensack


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