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Object ID 002810

Object Name Sen-Sen Chewing Gum box

Object Desc Sen-Sen Chewing Gum box that looks like a hardcover book. Cover has diagonal pink ribbon, spine reads "Rare Treat."

Collection General Collection

Accession # CMY002573

Alternate ID

General Category History

Category Candy


Source Category Found In Collection

Accession Date JAN 1,1991


Location Candy exhibit

Object Date 1910

Start Year Range

End Year Range

Status On Exhibit

Object Keywords Sen-Sen,chewing gum,boxes,confectionary,gum,

Title Sen-Sen Chewing Gum box

Description Box originally containing assorted Sen-Sen chewing gum. Box is made to resemble a hardcover book. Spine is dark purple in color and has the following written in gold ink: Rare Treat / Sen-Sen / Library Edition / Sen-Sen Co. / Rochester, N.Y. / U.S.A." Covers are a textured cream color. Front cover has "Sen-Sen Chewing Gum" written in gold lettering, a diagonal pink ribbon tied in a bow, and a gold circle with 5 in center. Inside front cover is a color image of the Sen-Sen book box and gum. Text reads, "Sen-Sen Gum / Assorted / Wintergreen / Peppermint / and Sen-Sen / Flavors / Absolutely the Best / Guaranteed under the Food and Drugs Act, June 30, 1906, Serial No. 4696." Edges of "pages" are gold in color and have Sen-Sen Gum printed on each of three page sides.


Approx Collection Date

Height 1.5

Length 5.5

Width 0

Depth 7

Diameter 0

Circumference 0

Weight 0

Unit of Measure Inches/ounces

Dimension Details

Quantity 1



Site Details

Place of Origin

Maker Sen-Sen

Maker Details Sen-Sen was a type of breath freshener originally marketed as a "breath perfume" in the late nineteenth century by the T. B. Dunn Company, then produced by F&F Foods, and discontinued in July 2013. Sen-Sen bore a strong resemblance to Vigroids, a liquorice sweet made by Ernest Jackson & Company Ltd. Sen-sen was available in small packets or cardboard boxes. Similar to a matchbox of the time, an inner box slid out from a cardboard sleeve revealing a small hole from which the tiny Sen-sen squares would fall when the box was shaken. Sen-sen's ingredients were licorice, gum arabic, maltodextrin, sugar, and natural and artificial flavors.

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Image Caption CMY2573



Date DEC 5,2014

Summary Good

Assessor Molly Hannan

Notes Edges have some wear and corners are slightly bent. The covers have some discoloration and wear, but box is in overall good condition.


Date DEC 5,2014

Summary Location change

Notes Location changed to Room 4, candy display from H. Grafman Grocery Exhibit - automatic entry by admin

Date DEC 5,2014

Summary Status change

Notes Status changed to On-Site Collection Storage from On Exhibit - automatic entry by admin

Date APR 2,2015

Summary Location change

Notes Location changed to Candy exhibit from Room 4, candy display - automatic entry by admin

Date APR 18,2015

Summary Status change

Notes Status changed to On Exhibit from On-Site Collection Storage - automatic entry by admin