Posts Tagged ‘Co-op’

A Co-op Pass Book

September 18, 2016

When I was a child my mum shopped, when possible, at the Co-op. She was a member, with a number, which meant every purchase earned a small dividend. It is more than 50 years since my mum died but I still remember her co-op number and would reveal it to nobody as it can be a useful password or number.

When I became an independent adult it was natural for me to become a Co-op member and I joined up in 1970 and was given a pass book. Here it is.

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I have blanked out parts of this – I’m a tad wary of identity theft.

Looking back I have no idea, really, why I became a member and what benefits might have accrued to me from it. For by this time the Co-op had abandoned member’s dividends in favour of Co-op saving stamps. It’s clear from the inside of my book that no transactions were ever entered.

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Again, sections have been blanked out.

I have no real reason for keeping the book – except nostalgia for an old system.

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A Co-op Token

July 20, 2013

I recently came across this token amongst my possessions. I had forgotten about it and I’m not quite sure where it came from. It has nothing to do with my early life although similar items may well have done.

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Well, it is clear what it is (I hope). It’s a trade token issued by the Frome C0-0p Society Ltd and its value is a half quarter loaf. Its size is similar to the present British 50p coin (that only has seven sides).

Frome (it’s pronounced froom) is in Somerset some 25 kilometres in a straight line from where I now live and about 150 kilometres from my childhood home.

I can’t find out much about the Frome Co-operative Society but a half quarten loaf is what we now call a large loaf.

When I was a child, I seem to remember our local co-op bakery van calling and I’m sure my mum had tokens for bread. In my mind they were round and not octagonal like this Frome one. I was never quite sure what the advantage was of tokens. Perhaps, with their specific purpose they were deemed less likely to be stolen if left out for the baker.