Do you remember, Over 50 crowd, when you could buy chewing gum from a machine for 5 cents? Well, this chewing gum machine is definitely an antique!
The Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company, known as the Wrigley Company, is an American food company founded in 1891 by William Wrigley Jr. It is based in the Global Innovation Center (GIC) in Goose Island, Chicago, Illinois. The company is now owned by Mars, Incorporated. It is currently the largest manufacturer and marketer of chewing gum in the world.
In 1892, Wrigley Jr. began packaging chewing gum with each can of baking powder. The chewing gum eventually became more popular than the baking powder; thus, Wrigley’s reoriented the company to produce the gum.
Wrigley’s Chewing Gum machine was produced by Kayem Products Co., Inc. in 1947.
Kayem Products Co., Inc. released 3 different machines under this trade name, starting in 1940.
Other machines made by Kayem Products Co., Inc. during the time period Wrigley’s Chewing Gum was produced include Beech-Nut Chewing Gum, and Reed’s Aspirin.
A vintage chewing gum machine – it’s fun to remember the good old days!
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