What say? What I am trying to say is, for the "C" forms, what is their purpose, why are they tea card sized and what do they look like?
The "C" forms were run at the printer and their purpose was to get you more interested in collecting Red Rose tea cards. The cards already come in the tea boxes and coffee and spices and other products. What could make you more invested to collect? Since these forms are the same size as the picture cards, they can be packed right beside the picture cards. Well, the current series is coming to a close and the next series is gonna start soon. How about offering the current cards for a penny a piece, a complete set for 50¢, the current album for .25¢ and remind you that the new series cards can be found in the tea boxes, beside these forms. Yup, you can get all that by using this form and a few pennies... or you could have back in the day. So what does this form look like? We know its the same dimesion as the picture cards. Here are the bunch of them on the checklist side...
We still haven't addressed the question of the tea card size. Why this configuration? There are several advantages to this. First and foremost by being the same size as the picture cards, they fit perfectly in the tea boxes and in the cellos, right next to the picture cards. Next they do the business of any of the other check lists. They offer the ability to ask for singles, sets and albums.
What do these tea card sized forms offer you? What are we looking to get from the Red Rose Store?
Fun facts about the Monopoly "C" Mail In forms...
How were the forms used?
So you fill out the form, pay your small change and mail it off the Picture Card Department. They fill the order and send you the goods. It seems to be standard protocol to send back the form with the order. I guess in case you forgot what you paid for?
Let's check out this form for the end of series 2 Animals of North America. Looking at the front (top image), we see that the form gets mailed to Picture Cards in Canada. It seems Betty Chase from Dixfield Maine in the US placed the order. It looks like she added a Box # to her address in ink. The person filling the order used completion codes by marking this with the code "La", probably indicating that cards and albums were fulfilled. One might guess that the order filler also figured that Betty lived in the USA instead of Canada and made note of it. On the check list side (bottom image) we see the choices made to complete Betty's collection. She wanted 96 cards at 96¢ (a penny each) and three new Series 2 albums at .25¢ each for a grand total of $1.71. I guess Red Rose picked up the shipping. Let's look at the summary area at the bottom and we see some kind of check mark. Almost like a cursive "C" with a dash after it. This was the fulfiller's mark that confirmed they completed the order... and correctly.It's fun to look at an old form used to fill an order and figure out what happened.
What got Issued?
This is a list of the forms I have seen and their stats. No one I know has ever seen a tea card sized Series 16 Arctic or Series 17 Indians of Canada form. Send me a picture if you ever run across one.
One of the attributes of the tea card forms is how you flip it to make the other side display correctly. Why? Because some go one way and others the other way. You'll see. In other words, if I flip top to bottom (or bottom to top) will the other side be rightside up or upside down? Or maybe if I flip it left to right (or right to left) will that give me the other side in the correct orientation.
Remember, this list represents what I have seen. If you have something additional, scan it and send it to me. Don't forget, this list represents Completion Coupons classed as Type "C" tea card sized coupons.
I have always hoped a series 16 or 17 would show up but it would be shocking to see one at this point. OK, shock me!
Last modified: March 6, 2021
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