Brenda S. Brown....Memories Of Growing Up In The South and other stories

 

Brenda S. Brown grew up in Richland, Georgia, now resides in Baldwin County near Milledgeville, and writes about memories of growing up in the south.   She has two grown sons and daughters by marriage, Scott and Kimberly Brown and Arlin and Brenda Brown, and four grandchildren; Joshua, Caleb, Catherine and Christen. Brenda said goodbye to Otto, her husband of almost fifty years after he lost his battle with cancer in the early hours of January 12, 2016. 

 

Her column is published in several newspapers to include the Union Recorder and the Augusta Focus, and her stories have been featured on numerous websites over the past years.  The first completed manuscript, Precious Gems from Ruby, is awaiting publication. 

 

Sample stories can be enjoyed, and she can be reached www.brendasbrown.com.

INDEX TO STORIES

    
Stamps Wedding Story Zippo Lighter
Common Contraption Eggs Scott's Store
Frog Gigging Unique Device Shrimp Boat Restaurant
Paving Story Key West Story Driver's License Story

Gas Logs

Pastor's Wife Merry Christmas Story
Pa Woody Pa Woody - Part 2 Marriage
The Pool Jekyll Island Heroes Supper is Ready
Letter Writing, a Lost Art - 1 Letter Writing, a Lost Art - 2 Mother Woody Story
What is a Turkey Shoot? Willene, Our Favorite Sitter In Celebration of Ice Cream
Christmas Memories An Unforgettable Teacher Christmas Story
An Unforgettable Teacher 2 An Unforgettable Teacher 3 Food Network
Chinaberry Trees, Hedgerows and a Spreading Adder
Before Nursing Home, A Lot of Living
Homonyms, Synonyms, Tai food and a Glock

Worm Grunting and Kinchafoonee Creek Tales

Old Friends and Fresh Apples
The Words Beautician and Magician are Interchangeable
The First Grade Legendary Poker Player Thunder Road
Thanksgiving Story Merry Christmas 2010 Cercy, Searcy, surcie
My Choice a Pork Chop Steak House #1 My Dear Friend Mary Jo
Steak House #2 Steak House #3 Promises Made and Promises Kept
Ms Pansy, The Cake Lady Those Precious Hummingbirds Pop Beads
Washington - Part 1 Washington - Part 2 Washington - Part 3
Catalog of Numerous Memories Chew, Chew, Chewing Gum Labor Day Family Reunion
Thunderbird Mountain Ms Edith Blossoming of the Cross
Beach Story Hummer Summer 2013 Flats
My Twin Cousins Christmas Decorations Bomb Shelter
Saturday Afternoon Movies 1 Saturday Afternoon Movies 2 Retired
Luther Arlin Scott My Mother, Ruby Mayo Scott Nanny's Flowers
Merry Christmas Story Wonderful Cardboard Boxes Carter Grace Oglesby
Basement Story Disneyland Wonderful Pets
Tupperware Thankful Merry Christmas 2015
Otto Brown Patricia Edwards & Willie Nelson Mexican Food
Drive In Movie Cousin Cindy Caring for Others
Appendix Story Grocery Store Shopping My Friend Genie
Labor Day I Miss Otto Countless Expressions of Wisdom
Idea Story Grits and Cousin Vinny Cars
Carrie Cox    

STAMPS

Long before priority points, frequent flyer miles, and in-store customer discount cards, an innovative strategy that was designed to garner and maintain customer loyalty, was presented to the public.  Today the practice is recognized as a pioneering giant in the world of commercial promotions. 
 
The unusual purchasing phenomenon, which continues to promise a comeback, caused women in particular, to participate in a silly-looking lick and stick activity, sometimes for hours.  If you don't remember S&H Green Stamps, then you must have been residing in a synthetic orb.
 
The Sperry & Hutchinson Company began the distribution of S&H Green Stamps in 1896, and during its heyday, the company was printing three times more stamps than the postal service.  The practice became so popular that in 1965, Andy Warhol captured the likeness in a lithograph.  
 
The purchaser earned a unit for each ten cents expended; in the beginning our local merchants only dispensed stamps in denominations of one, ten, and twenty.  Then later they began distributing a fifty stamp, and finally a one hundred.  Rather than wasting time pasting single stamps, a fifty unit filled a page, a one hundred validated two pages; twelve hundred points completed a quick-saver book.
 
Nanny carefully studied the full-color catalog, which was possibly the largest single publication in the country, and eagerly anticipated our excursion to the redemption center in Albany, to collect her rewards.  If she came up short, I managed to transfer my reserve collection to her accumulated stacks, to make up the difference. 
 
During the heyday of hoarding points, it is estimated that eighty percent of households saved coupons.  The more merchandise purchased, the larger the reward; businesses used the vouchers to maintain customer loyalty.  Over the years Nanny traded stamps for a shiny toaster, a star shaped ornamental wall clock, and a set of gourmet kitchen knives.  Each treasure delivered great satisfaction and years of enjoyment; in fact after she passed away I discovered countless books of stamps stockpiled in her hope chest.     
 
This is an interesting trivial fact, although a complete book of stamp has a cash value of only a dollar and twenty cents, the trade-in value is immeasurable.  There is a law guaranteeing that they will never lose their value; consequently they can still be traded for cash or merchandise.    
 
Brenda S. Brown
 

 

     

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