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Object ID 002830

Object Name Adams' Sappota Gum box

Object Desc Cardboard box originally containing Adams' Sappota Gum. Box cover has two flaps which have images of women.

Collection General Collection

Accession # CMY002592

Alternate ID

General Category History

Category Candy


Source Category Found In Collection

Accession Date JAN 1,1991


Location Room 4, Shelf 1

Object Date 1880

Start Year Range

End Year Range

Status On-Site Collection Storage

Object Keywords chewing gum,gum,Adams' Sappota,Sappota,candy,boxes,

Title Adams Sappota Gum box

Description Cardboard box originally containing Adam's Sappota gum. Box has green base and two flaps. Each flap has a raised gold border, textured red panels, and colored images of women. Inside each flap is red and gold printed panel which reads "Adams' Sappota Chewing Gum 150 Pieces." Bottom edge states "Pat. Feby 14th 1871. Reissued Apl 13th 1880."


Approx Collection Date

Height 0.75

Length 8

Width 0

Depth 7.5

Diameter 0

Circumference 0

Weight 0

Unit of Measure Inches/ounces

Dimension Details

Quantity 1



Site Details

Place of Origin

Maker Adams

Maker Details Adams took a chance and bought a ton of Mexican chicle hoping to make a rubber substitute, but he had no luck. Then Adams's son, Horatio, realized he could make a chewable product. He gave it a try. He gave 200 balls of the stuff to a druggist, who sold them at two for a penny. By noon that day they were gone. So began the Adams gum dynasty. The Adams family made the first commercial chicle-based gum in 1871. They went on to create Adams Clove Gum, Chiclets, Blackjack, and more.

Maker Mark


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Image Caption CMY2592



Date DEC 17,2014

Summary Fair

Assessor Molly Hannan

Notes Box has been taped on edges and has clear contact paper on front. Edge wear.


Date DEC 17,2014

Summary Location change

Notes Location changed to Room 4, Shelf 1 from Cabinet 1, Shelf 9 - automatic entry by admin