Wrigley’s Chewing Gum Came To Be This Day 126-Years Ago — April 1, 1881 (Kid YOU Not).

by Anura Guruge

Click to ENLARGE and read here. Wikipedia link: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wrigley_Company

Growing up in Ceylon in the 1950s and 1960s we did NOT have chewing gum. There was a draconian ban on all non-essential imported products and chewing gum was definitely considered non-essential. Though Ceylon was a major producer of natural rubber we did not know, in those days, how to make chewing gum. It took us over 10-years to work out how to make tomato ketchup and decent chocolate.

Suffice to say there was a high premium on any chewing gum you could obtain — from tourists, visiting ships and relatives visiting abroad.

Wrigleys was popular. It is funny how it is readily available ‘here’ but was a very scarce, and thus previous, commodity in my youth.

I go through phases with gum. Not chewing any at present. But could start tomorrow.

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