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Object ID 002831

Object Name Adams' Sappota Chewing Gum box

Object Desc Cardboard box originally containing Adams' Sappota Chewing Gum. Box is red with two flaps on top which feature colored images of ladies.

Collection General Collection

Accession # CMY002594a-b

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,Adams',Sappota,boxes,candy,gum,

Title Adams' Sappota Chewing Gum box

Description Cardboard box originally containing Adams' Sappota Chewing gum. Box is red and has two flaps for a lid. Each flap has two black floral panels, raised gold borders, and colored images of ladies. When opened, each flap has a blue panel with gold writing which reads: "Adams' Sappota Chewing Gum 150 pieces."


Approx Collection Date

Height 0.75

Length 8.25

Width 0

Depth 7.25

Diameter 0

Circumference 0

Weight 0

Unit of Measure Inches/ounces

Dimension Details Above measurements are for entire box. Detached flap measures 4" wide by 7.25" long

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 CMY2594a-b



Date DEC 17,2014

Summary Poor

Assessor Molly Hannan

Notes Box is very worn on edges and one side is torn. Flaps are torn off. One is held on with clear contact paper, the other is completely torn off.