The invention of Bubble Gum
On a small street in Philadelphia in the 1920s, there was a factory owned by the Fleer family…
Inside the factory, lots of gum and candy were made…
Working upstairs was a young accountant named Walter Diemer. His job was to add numbers and balance budgets. He knew lots about math but not much about gum.
There wasn’t enough space in the building, so a new experimental laboratory was moved into the office next to Walter’s.
In came lots of beakers and pots and tubes!
What could be going on?
The big secret was that the company was trying to make a new kind of gum.
Chewing gum had already been around for centuries-
men in top hats and women in puffy dresses chewed gum for fun and to cure things like stomachaches.
The Ancient Greeks chewed the sap of the mastic tree.