San Francisco, CA: Black & Brown Trading Stamp Corporation, 1969. 36146. Paperback. Fair. Item #36146
Extremely scarce, given that it is almost complete. There are 50 pages of stamps. Each page contains 25 stamps. The last page contains only 5 stamps...The previous owner only had 20 more to go! All combined, there are 1230 James Brown stamps. Overall the book is in Good to Acceptable condition. It is a stapled booklet and both the front and back cover have become detached. The covers are soiled and edges are chipped and creased. There is a 1" gouge to the top of the booklet, however the stamps are unaffected. PICTURES ARE AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST. The Black and Brown Trading Stamp Corporation was established in 1969 in Oakland, California by former Oakland Raiders football player Art Powell, who saw an opportunity to create and reward loyalty within the Black community through trading stamps featuring Black American icons. The first and only icon featured on these stamps was James Brown, which reflects the fact that James Brown put up most of the money to start the company. The stamps were issued by Black merchants in Downtown Oakland to provide incentives to local patrons in the Black community. A full book of 50 pages of stamps was worth the equivalent of $3.00 in merchandise. During the first year the effort grew to include 1,000 merchants across California and generated over $1 million dollars in business.