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Thursday, June 24, 2010

Happy Children--Healthy Teeth

This blog post originally appeared 1/23/2008.
We love the funny things we come across when searching old newspapers on microfilm, but I think my favorites are the advertisements. Check out this ad from the December 16, 1925 Hattiesburg American:

Not only is the child mildly demonic looking, but I also enjoy that it's not called "gum"; it's "chewing sweet." I just checked the Oxford English Dictionary, and apparently "chewing gum" is an entirely American expression and dates back to around 1850. Maybe Wrigley's was just trying something new, along with encouraging parents to rot their kids' teeth after every meal.

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