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Post by No Mere Nosebleed » Thu Sep 06, 2007 2:55 pm

Obviously you can still get these, but not in the form that I'd call a book - they don't contain anything to read. But cast your mind back..... you'd get a small buff-coloured "book", stitched with thread to form a hinge, and as well as the stamps, you 'd get something to read too. Yes.... advertisements for insurance and life assurance. "?4315 for you at the age of 65" it would say, along with an inducement to pay about 6d a week until you either drop dead or reach the magic age when a cheque for just over ?4k would land on your doormat.
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Post by Xetal » Thu Sep 06, 2007 7:19 pm

It was a lot more than 6d a week, or was when I enquired in the late sixties....I remember the (perforated and lick-it gummed) stamp books and ads well: that figure of ?4315 was apparently carefully researched to draw the greatest response to the ads.
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Post by dave mc » Fri Sep 07, 2007 6:53 am

What, exactly, did you do with these "Stamps"?
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Post by Xetal » Fri Sep 07, 2007 8:43 pm

Stuck them on mail (these days known as snail mail or pay mail)
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Post by pandammonium » Mon Sep 17, 2007 5:53 pm

Is Dave on another planet these days?

I don't remember such posh-sounding books of stamps at all. They've always been a folded bit of thin shiny thin thin card as far as I remember, but they started off as being lick-it-and-stick-it stamps, as opposed to just stick-it stamps.

Maybe they should go back to putting adverts on them as a way to make a few pennies, seeing as they're so broke these days.

I'm intrigued by the number, though...I assumed it was just some random number that NMB typed till I read X's post!
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Post by Xetal » Mon Sep 17, 2007 6:01 pm

Well, what the Insurance Company salesman said and what they really did could be two different things, even in those days when the average salary was about ?1000 a year.
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