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Thread: Who remembers selling greeting cards?

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    a regular here countrycottage's Avatar
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    Back in the 1950's greeting card companies ran ads in magazines seeking people to sell their boxed greeting cards. I replied to 3 of those ads when I was about 12 (without my mother's knowledge of course). They were the Columbia Card Company, the Cardinal Card Company, and the Wallace Brown Card Company. I was so excited when the mailman delivered the first box. Mother wasn't so excited though, and she was even more unhappy when the second and third boxes arrived.

    I sold enough to pay for all the sample boxes and make a little profit, thanks to my grandmother, aunts, and some of Mother's friends. They were beautiful cards though, and since we got to keep the sample boxes Mother had a supply of cards for a long time. But I didn't even think about ordering anything else without asking her if it was okay!

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    Those companies were still in business beyond the '50s, because I sold cards from the back of comic books, too. My first job! My DH remembers selling cards from comic books and he earned a .22 rifle - right off the back of that comic book.

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    yep. i did that too. got enough to get a fishing pole. my dad loved to fish so i wanted to be able to go with him. even caught a couple trout. also sold seeds when i was in the first grade and got a little box camera. it is still around here somewhere.

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    When I was 8 or 9 I sold them and raised enough money to buy my canopy bed!

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    I remember selling these as a school project when I was in grade school. Thank goodness for family members who felt obligated to purchase them. LOL

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    Oh the memories! I'd almost forgotten about those cards. We had a aunt who would visit and always bring her cards along to make a sale.

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    Oh yeah. I sold them door to door in our small town - and quickly spent the profits.

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    Yes, I did that too. Mom was mad and made me sell every last one of them. Bought a new outfit with my profit. I completly forgot I did that.

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    yes, lots of fun

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    The only thing we sold were boxed donuts. The brand was Saps.

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