I had never heard of Octagon Premium Stores until I ran across this little catalog. I can't find really anything about them either. Maybe some folks out there can educate us. I'm very familiar with the old S & H Green Stamp Stores. I managed to "convince" my mother and grandmother to get me many things there back in the day with those littlle green stamps. Back back to Octagon...
This catalog was good for trading in coupons up until Dec. 31, 1948. You would have to order out of the new catalog after that date in 1948. Everything in the catalog could be purchased with stamps only. No cash was needed except for the expense of mailing in your coupons and order information. Don't you wish they still had this format at grocery stores! I miss S & H. Everytime we went to the grocery store, they would turn around to the big green and black reel and dial the setting for the coupon total and out came the little green stamps. To me that represented toys!!
Octagon carried it's own brand of grocery items along with being associated with other famous brands like Luzianne Coffee and Tea, Borden's, Hearth Club, Jersey Cereals, Mrs. Filbert's Margarine and probably many, many more. Some examples of coupon exchanges were:
Nickel plated 7" long flashlight = 220 coupons; Electric Waffle Iron = 1400 coupons; 20 pc. breakfast dish set = 925 coupons; Set of 4 aluminum measuring spoons = 20 coupons; 10 ct. wrist watch = 1100 coupons; 8" Hunting knife and sheath = 375 coupons; Metal roller skates = 575. 30 pages of items. Catalong measures 5" x 7". Copyright 1948.