ZED RECORDS PUNK BADGE RECEIPT SAN DIEGO 1984
In the 80’s I loved mail ordering stuff from ads I saw in zines. Ordering records and gear from obscure punk labels on the other side of the world involved a leap of faith that meant putting cash in the envelope, a stamp on it, and then forgetting about it. Nine times out of ten things worked out…eventually. Sometimes a record that you ordered on the last day of school would show up in the mailbox on Labor Day. If you were uptight about it the wait could be torture. I didn’t really mind in most cases, it just made the getting that much more of a cause for celebration!
Ordering from a well regarded shop like the beloved Zed Records in Long Beach was pretty much a done deal as in you knew you’d get your stuff. It wouldn’t take too long either as it was just up or down the coast from where I lived in those years.
You could also be sure you’d get your correct change as this receipt demonstrates.
What difference does 2 cents make you might ask?
Well as it so happens, I invested both those pennies in a company based in my hometown of Seattle that I understood sold sweat pants, I got that part wrong: it was software they made not “soft wear”.
Those two pennies are the reason I can afford to spend all my time blogging about this sh-t today.
Zed Records receipt from my personal archives.