In the 1890s pioneering firms inserted nearly weightless coupons offering free merchandise attainable by amassing huge piles of them.

    For 50 years billions of Coupons were distributed by countless companies, large and small. Items cost from fifty (50) to one-hundred thousand (100,000) coupons.


    No one gave more than seven Billion (7,000,000,000) coupons issued  by United Cigar Stores Company, it’s predecessors and descendants.

  

    In 1904 the small United Cigar Store chain, began offering simple non-illustrated catalogs of household items obtainable for coupons.

    One Coupon for every 5¢ spent; one Certificate for every 25¢.

    More expensive items earned higher value Coupons & Certificates. At its height United operated 2,000+ Cigar Stores, most on street corners, a trademark. Redemption Centers dazzled in 160 locations nationwide.

    During United’s second decade of operation, Wrigley gum, Happiness Candy, and Swift’s meats were among 30 or so companies that offered United’s “profit sharing coupon” system run by United Cigar Stores.

    Mergers and buy-outs and name changes - the history of the chain - is not the purpose of this exhibit. It’s goal is more modest. 

    Show you as many different coupons in that history as I can.

   United Cigar Stores Catalogs Here.

 

Coupons: United, Schulte, UPSC, Mutual, other

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    “No packages of manufactured tobacco, snuff, cigars or cigarettes...shall be permitted to have packed in, or attached to, or connected with them, nor affixed to, branded, stamped, marked, written or printed upon them, any paper certificate or instrument purporting to be or represent a ticket, chance, share or interest in, or dependent upon, the event of a lottery, nor any indecent or immoral picture, representation, print, or words; and any violation of the provisions of this paragraph shall subject the offender to the penalties and punishments proved by section 3456 of the Revised Statutes.”


DO YOU HAVE A COUPON from

United or Schulte Cigar stores, or

Mutual or United Profit Sharing?


SEE IF IT IS PICTURED

            HERE’S HOW TO FIND OUT ...

    Look at the top center of your coupon. The Coupons in this book were issued by 30± companies between 1904 and 1940.     

    7,000,000,000 (7 billion) “United Cigar Stores Company,” “United Cigar Stores Company of America,” “Schulte Cigar Stores”, “Mutual Profit”  “United Profit Sharing” (UPSC).  

    Coupons were issued in denominations as low as “1/5 Coupon” and high as “50 Coupons.” In this exhibit they are in numerical order

within each company.

COUPONS in THIS EXHIBIT


    “United Cigar Stores Company.”

    “United Cigar Stores Company of America.”

    “Mutual Profit Sharing.” 

    “Mutual Profit Sharing” with Schulte overprint.

    “Schulte Cigar Stores.”

    “United Profit Sharing” (UPSC).

    “Partner Companies” issuing MPS or UPS coupons.


Coupons listed by value within each company.

Two coupons stacked are usually front & back of the issue.

On occasion, a stack will have 2 fronts or 2 backs to facilitate comparisons. 

Side-by-side coupons are front and back of a single coupon.


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    One of the more unusual, and certainly the smallest, coupons came in a package of Wrigley’s gum. To get credit for the coupon the entire wrapper had to be submitted intact. Only one piece of gum in each package had the coupon on it.


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7,000,000,000 ”United” coupons were issued.

        500 variations are known.

10,000± coupons are found every year.     

        A few will be previously uncataloged.