Chattanooga, Coupons, Certificates & Advertising Notes
Profit Sharing Certificate
Garnet Carter Co. Coupons
They hired Clark Byers to paint "See Rock City" on any structure large enough to be seen from a highway. The signs were a promotional gimmick that dramatically increased the number of visitors. It paid off. By 1940, Rock City was a roadside institution. Its inviting slogan, "See Rock City," was painted on barns and birdhouses throughout the Southeast.
I talked with Ed Chapin, whose father was Garnet Carter's nephew and heir. He said "Those(certificates) are certainly the real thing, and while I doubt they have great monetary value, they are significant historically. 'The Profit Sharing' coupons were some of the first trading stamps in existence. They were used for both retail incentives and for piece work or productivity incentives, largely in the textile industry. The stamps were redeemed for merchandise from a location downtown on Patten Parkway. From what I know they were used, in various forms, between about 1910 and 1925."
Garnet Carter Co. Coupon 5 cent, G-1750
Garnet Carter Co. Coupon 10 cent, G-1751
Garnet Carter Co. Certificate 25 cent, G-1752
Garnet Carter Co. Certificate 50 cent, G-1753
Garnet Carter Co. Certificate $1.00, G-1754
United Profit Sharing Coupon
2 1/2 United Profit Sharing Coupons, G-1790
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