Re: What are POGS?
Woltz, Al LTC (woltza@SHAFTER-EMH3.ARMY.MIL)
Mon, 12 Jun 1995 11:21:00 PDT
Glen Rogers, SM T123, wrote:
>I am in the dark...What is a POG?
Glen, POGs are nothing more than the old fashion milkcaps (small pressed
paper circles about the size of silver dollar or BSA buddy tags). They were
originally milk caps covering bottles of Passion-Orange-Guava (POG) drinks
by the Haleakala Dairy. They were used to be used to seal milk and other
beverages in "milk" bottles. The "POG" was originated here in Hawaii
several decades ago, and old plantation worker's children played a game in
which they would stack POGs and then use another "hitter" to throw (slam)
down on the stack. Any POGs that were turned over as a result of the slam
were retained by the slamee. At the National Jamboree, our Hawaiian
delegation brought some POGs (printed with scouting pictures, etc) as
trading materiel, taught the game to other scouts, and the fad took off
light wild fire. There was even a court case settled out of court with the
Haleakala dairy on trademark infringements regarding the use of the term
POG. For the longest time, POGs had to be referred to as "milkcaps," but
that just didn't have the same appeal. The craze went through Hawaii about
two years ago. It all but replaced baseball trading cards.
POGs can be purchased in all sorts of flavors (black & white, color, wooden,
leather, foil, you name it). Some have the small pull tab (with small
staple), others don't. Many were produced as a cheap form of advertising.
They cost anywhere from $.01 apiece to several dollars each. The normal
rate is from $.10 to $.25 each. I've only got a few days left here in
Hawaii, I'm moving to the East Coast :'-(, but I'd be happy to pick up some
for you if desired. (I'll be signing off Scouts-L on 16 June) I could even
ask my sons (who have been collecting, trading, and playing POGs for several
years) if they'd like to trade some Hawaiian POGs with you, but they don't
like to part with them very readily.
LTC Al Woltz | Committee Member, Cub Scout Pack 677, LDS
firstname.lastname@example.org | Assistant Scoutmaster, Troop 677, LDS
Ft. Shafter, Hawaii | Assistant Scoutmaster, Troop 304
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