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Old 06-29-2020, 01:25 PM   #1
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a jillion stamps for a dime


In the '50s and '60s an ad in comic books offered a jillion stamps for a dime. I bit. Weeks later a jillion stamps arrived, arranged willy-nilly, saran-wrapped to a square of thin cardboard. They weren't good as postage, of course. Many were from countries that didn't exist anymore. Does anyone recognize this? Know the company?
 
Old 06-30-2020, 02:13 AM   #2
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You don't even say in which country you did this.

I remember similar offers as late as the 70s or 80s.
Not sure they used the word "jillion".

Why do you need to know?
 
Old 06-30-2020, 12:54 PM   #3
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In the '50s and '60s an ad in comic books offered a jillion stamps for a dime. I bit. Weeks later a jillion stamps arrived, arranged willy-nilly, saran-wrapped to a square of thin cardboard. They weren't good as postage, of course. Many were from countries that didn't exist anymore. Does anyone recognize this? Know the company?
I was a stamp collector as a kid. I can't recall seeing stamps shipped in shrink wrap. I do remember buying bags of stamps though not quite a jillion per bag. Many of them were still affixed to bits of envelope so you had to soak them in water long enough to safely remove the paper before mounting them in an album. It's been a long time but I seem to recall getting most of them from a stamp/coin collector shop that was near my route to/from school. They might have been advertised in comic books but by the time I got into stamp collecting I'd switched from DC to Mad Magazine. (No ads in the back. :^D )
 
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You don't even say in which country you did this.
Does any other country use dimes? Or jillions?

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I remember similar offers as late as the 70s or 80s.
Remember who made them?

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Not sure they used the word "jillion".
I don't remember a number.

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Why do you need to know?
I don't. Baluchistan made the news recently. I think some of the stamps were Baluchi.

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I was a stamp collector as a kid.
I wasn't.
 
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Does any other country use dimes? Or jillions?
Coming from The Country of Dimes and Jillions, it might be self-evident to you, but not to the rest of the world.
But that's what I've come to expect from inhabitants of the most self-centered country in the world.
I am happy every time my prejudice isn't met, but this isn't the case here.
 
Old 07-02-2020, 04:36 AM   #6
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Looks like similar things are available on Amazon, I also remember this from the 70's in the UK.
 
Old 07-02-2020, 04:45 AM   #7
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Does any other country use dimes?
Yes, seventeen, at current time.

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Or jillions?
Three of those seventeen do not use an English variant as an official/recognized language, and thus are unlikely to use such slang.

So, only fourteen in total. Though it may have been different 70 years ago.



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Not sure they used the word "jillion".
I don't remember a number.
Well Zillions of Stamps has been a thing since at least 1998, and its parent site (Linn's Stamp News) was even earlier.

There's no obvious history on the current or previous sites, and it might just be a coincidence, but if I was trying to find out about it, I'd be sending an email to both Linn's and the relevant stamp collecting society to ask if they were involved or remember any relevant information or could otherwise help narrow things down.


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Coming from The Country of Dimes and Jillions, it might be self-evident to you, but not to the rest of the world.
But that's what I've come to expect from inhabitants of the most self-centered country in the world.
I am happy every time my prejudice isn't met, but this isn't the case here.
You recruit an injury. For all I know one could buy Fülle von Briefmarken fuhr zehn pfennig in the Sudetenland Funnies.

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I also remember this from the 70's in the UK.
See?

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Yes, seventeen, at current time.
You took this too seriously.


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Well Zillions of Stamps has been a thing since at least 1998, and its parent site (Linn's Stamp News)
Thanks. I hadn't thought of zillions, didn't know about Linn's. I tried to ask at the philately society in the US and did on Reddit. Thanks.
 
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Sudetenland
You are clearly refering to Nazi Germany here.
Colour me offended, troll.
 
  


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