Watching nature take its course, from the top of a hill in northern England

Taking the Biscuit


I’m here still here; wading, savouring and wallowing in the boxes of family photos, memorabilia and documents that have emerged from my Mums house.

This caught my eye,  from the Buxton Advertiser in 1939. I’ve yet to work out why the page has been carefully stored away since then.

Many of my family were employed by the Co-Operative Society, back in the day. I wonder what they would have made of the current debacle. 

In 1939, the bonus offered, to their customers, at any rate were much more modest.


Co-Op buscuits


Author: uphilldowndale

Watching the rhythm of rural life, from the top of a hill in northern England. Having spent most of my life avoiding writing, I now need to do it! I am no domestic goddess, but if I were expecting visitors to my home, I would whisk round with the duster and plump up the cushions and generally make the place look presentable. I hope that by putting my words where others may see them it will encourage me to ‘tidy up and push the Hoover around’ my writing. On the other hand I may just be adding to the compost heap. Only time will tell! Pull up a chair, sit yourself down, I’ll put the kettle on.

4 thoughts on “Taking the Biscuit

  1. I feel sure that they would have been as devastated as all us co-op members have been by the revelations. It has been hard to take for those of us who believe that co-operation rather than do-to-death competition is the best way forward for everyone. I am glad to see that special offers are not entirely new. I suppose that the buying department had overestimated the demand for digestives in this case.

  2. My dad always had a couple of Rich Tea biscuits with his cup of tea so would have liked this offer.
    As to the modern day Co-Op it really has lost its way hasn’t it. xx

  3. It would seem the Co-Op executives have been taking their cue from bankers? Ah well.

    Premiums were quite the thing Around Here, beginning in the 1880s or so and continuing right up through Green Stamps collecting in the mid-20th century. After that I sort of lost track. But once upon a time, a person could earn dishes and even furniture as a premium for buying a case of soap from the Larkin Company.

  4. Intriguing bit of history…

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