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The history of chewing gum

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Chewing Gum
(photo by Flickr user “sometimes rains in JUN”)

While poking around online today, I found a number of webpages that talk about the history of chewing gum. Some interesting facts:

  • The ancient Greeks chewed mastiche – a chewing gum made from the resin of the mastic tree.
  • The ancient Mayans chewed chicle which is the sap from the sapodilla tree. (that’s where Chiclets must get their name)
  • Thomas Adams first tried to change chicle into automobile tires, before inventing a chewing gum that tasted good.
  • In 1848 John B. Curtis developed and sold the first commerical chewing gum called The State of Maine Pure Spruce Gum.
  • On December 28 1869, William Finley Semple became the first person to patent a chewing gum – U.S patent #98,304.
  • By 1888, an Adams’ chewing gum called Tutti-Frutti became the first chew to be sold in a vending machine. The machines were located in a New York City subway station.
  • The very first bubble gum was invented by Frank Henry Fleer in 1906. He called it Blibber-Blubber. Fleer’s recipe was later perfected by Walter Diemer, who called his product Double Bubble.

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2 Responses to “The history of chewing gum”

  1. 1
    Krocky says: Find every piece of gum you’ve ever spit out.

  2. 2
    sugar girl number 2 says:

    nice description on the history of chewing gum. i love the wriggly chewing gum except after its lost its taste.

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