When I go to the local gas station look at the pump and decide I really did like it when I paid what was after the period not what was in front of it per gallon. But I also thought of a lot of other things. Patty my wife and I set up house keeping with the help of the gas station in Milroy as well as those in Rushville. Many stations used hand outs as a way of generating business. You fill up or buy a specified amount of gas and you get a free tumbler. Each was actually glass and usually at least close to tasteful. We actually used those tumblers for years afterward and enjoyed them greatly. We tried to keep using one station so the glasses would at least look the same. Other business establishments used give a ways as traffic makers too.
I laugh when I remember the many times I commented that Patty and I started married life and decorated our new home with early orange crate. That in essence meant we used a lot of freebies (misnamed actually you paid for them one way or the other). There were places that used dishes as premiums as well as tumblers. Some used cutlery usually one item at a time which tended to bring you back in the shop numerous times. There for a short time there were a few places that used bake dishes as a premium anything that would bring you in and help you decide to buy something. Plain dinner dishes and then added serving dishes were also available.
At one time Rushville National Bank out did all others in my mind, for a certain amount deposited in their bank your wife got a wig. Sure was better than a pen or booklet of some sort in my mind. A lady we knew happened to remember I was township trustee and we used that particular bank for the township funds. She thought Patty would probably get her wig were she to want one (and she didn’t) by using our personal account. So I was asked if I would allow this lady to have the wig that might be given to the township. Had to turn her down, I didn’t think much of the idea first off and secondly the bank did not think the township funds would qualify for this give a way.