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Did anyone collect.......

PostPosted: 14 Jul 2016, 13:36
by Mo
....... all sorts of things really. That you could find or acquire free.
Trevs slingshot thread reminded me of my sister collecting rubber bands. Mind you that was collecting to use (for a Chinese skipping rope).
At the top end of junior school people collected a lot of 'free' things.
Stamps - you could get them from envelopes or ask people with foreign letters to save them. And there were adverts in Children's Newspaper for free stamps if you sent for their approvals (and ended up spending, but got loads free) From the free ones you got 'swaps' to trade with friends. Put your name down at the library to borrow the Stanley Gibbons cataloge to arrange them in date order. Learn the names of countries in their own language.
Match box tops (not me)
Cheese labels off the triangles of cheese spread.(not me either)
silver paper. Smoothed out with a finger nail. (not a serious collection, but it was pretty)
Woolly mats - at one time there was a craze for picking fluff off cardigans and spreading & flattening it to make a multicoloured sheet. Probably lots of thread-bare clothes. I didn't do that!

Now the collecting seems to involve spending - at least, my grandson's football cards do.

Re: Did anyone collect.......

PostPosted: 14 Jul 2016, 14:21
by jemberelli
My brother, in the late 70's I think it was, collected the stickers off bananas (maybe other fruit too, not sure) and they all got stuck on the inside of the door on one of the kitchen wall units! What a strange one to collect - it didn't matter that there were copies, he seems to have just needed to fill the door up!

Re: Did anyone collect.......

PostPosted: 14 Jul 2016, 15:29
by Mo
Yes, I've found fruit stickers on odd surfaces around the house, not sure who put them there.

Re: Did anyone collect.......

PostPosted: 14 Jul 2016, 21:24
by Trev62
MEXICO 70 Football stickers and I remember putting a postcard in the local CO-OP (If I remember correctly) to get swaps to complete my collection. All I recall is Bobby Moore was on the front of the sticker book, not sure if the sticker packs were free or you had to buy them.

Around the same time I think ESSO/Exxon garages were issuing silver coins/discs and I managed to get a few of them but not sure what they were for now either.

My memory, where did it go?

Re: Did anyone collect.......

PostPosted: 15 Jul 2016, 18:46
by bikesandbirdsbob
Hi , My looker at work is covered with fruit label stickers . Not me ,my work force . Mainly over the key hole ... My other file cabinet was dumped as dangerous had more sticky labels on it from the last 40 years , tradition I think carried on by new owners.
Bob

Re: Did anyone collect.......

PostPosted: 24 Sep 2016, 22:57
by sandy
Trev I had the whole set of the Esso coins in a nice cardboard book which I lost over the years yike* I do have battlestar galactica and star wars bubble gum cards which I have very safe in a shoe box.

Re: Did anyone collect.......

PostPosted: 25 Sep 2016, 09:19
by Mo
I had load of cigarette cards. Some sets in books, some in cigarette packets. Old ones that my mothers cousin collected - Coronation of George (memory said V but google says the dates are wrong so it must have been VI), military uniforms, flags, maybe cricketers + nature subjects. Then in the late 50s Lyons tea started doing them, so we changed brand and I collected them. You could send for a book to stick them in that had the words from the back of the card printed round the space for cards. I think I must still have them somewhere.

Re: Did anyone collect.......

PostPosted: 25 Sep 2016, 19:39
by Trev62
The only thing I seem to collect these days are more and more jobs to the "Things to do" list, I obviously took a wrong turn in life somewhere!!!

sandy - out of interest do you recall what them coins were for? Tried a Google search but came up with nothing relevant.

Re: Did anyone collect.......

PostPosted: 25 Sep 2016, 20:36
by Mo
That rings very true.

I don't think the coins were 'for' anything. Just collecting. I have one to commemorate the first moon landing. Not sure what it was given away with.