First issued in 1958, Green Shield stamps became very popular in the 1960s and ‘70s. If you bought your groceries at certain shops, such as Tesco, you would get stamps to stick in a book. When you had collected enough stamps you could exchange them for gifts chosen from the Green Shield catalogue.
Each Green Shield book contained 1,280 stamps and you got 1 stamp for each 6d spent.
People were given Green Shield books and catalogues as wedding presents or for their ‘bottom drawer’.
In the late 1970s, Tesco stopped giving Green Shield stamps. After that Green Shield allowed people to buy gifts from the catalogue with cash and rebranded as Argos, which is still found on today’s High Street.