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January 27, 2010


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Leon Briggs

I remember food stamps well. My grandmother used them when we lived in Brooklyn. She used them in the local supermarket all the time. It's good to see them as part of the National Numismatic Collection for people and children that have no idea what they are.


The inclusion of the Food Stamp Program in the National Numismatic Collection is especially significant considering the current economic hardships facing Americans


What a old idea ... and nowadays these methods are not implemented in all countries


That's a piece of history. These coupons helped us survive. The meaning of coupons today, in a consumer society like ours is totally different.

Bryan Silver

This is an interesting story ... I presume there is no intrinsic value in these stamps; is there any projected (or reported) "collector" value?

Karen Lee

In response to the question about grocers making their own change---yes--individual retailers did invent their own systems for giving change--most were cubes of construction paper with numbers printed on them. Occasionally, plastic tokens were used. Eventually, an easement was issued by the government---49 cents or less could be given back in cash. Further revisions to the policy may have been made but I haven't finished researching the subject yet. Thanks for your comment, KL

Ruth Cuadra

This is fascinating. I too remember being taught not to stare at food stamp users although, to be honest, there weren't many in my community. You said, "Individual grocery stores were responsible for creating their own change". Is this still true? Seems like a big burden and a lot of duplicative effort to have each store creating its own chits.

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