ENGINEERING MARVELS & THE PATENT OFFICE

CHEWING GUM AND A SINGER/SUFFRAGIST

His invention of rubber tires out of chicle did not pan out but he had developed chewing gum. Thomas Adams (1818-1905) observed his boss, Mexican leader Antonio Lopez Santa Anna, constantly chewing chicle. Adams, a scientist, made and marketed the chicle into chewing gum and he called it ‘chiclets.’ In 1885 he sold Tutti Fruit Chewing Gum. To sell more gum he put Lillian Russell on the packaging. Russell (1860 -1922) was an American actress and singer. In her later years she wrote a newspaper column and became active in the Women’s Suffrage Movement. The rest of the story is Adams, the founder of the chewing gum industry, eventually joined with William Wrigley.

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