Food of the Seventies, Bazooka Gum

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Bazooka Gum was a small peice of rectangular pink bubble gum sold in a red white & blue wrapper for a nickel each at the corner drug store by the post office of Ocean Grove Swansea Massachusetts in the early 70's. They had a crease up the center which made it easy to split in two peices to share with a friend or sibling. Included with each peice was a small comic strip. The comic strips showed prizes too & provided an address. If one collected MANY of the comics they could send them in to the address and obtain a small prize.
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Tracia - May 28, 2008 - Report this comment
This was most popular due to price and the prize of the comic strip inside. Everyone collected them although I don't know anyone that ever sent them in for a prize. I don't know anyone that actually received a prize for collecting the Indians on the Tootsie Roll Pops either.
a student of wmse. - May 11, 2009 - Report this comment
i love bazooka!
Rob Lambert - July 24, 2012 - Report this comment
Bazooka bubble gum goes back to around 1962. While it competed against Fleer's Dubble Bubble, the two taste exactly alike, leading me to think that Fleer made Bazooka. The prizes offered in the Bazooka Joe comic slips were from the same, cheesy novelty companies you'd seen advertised in the Archie comic books. Prizes included X-Ray Specs and fake books with combination locks for storing stuff. No prize was worth more than two dollars.
Drena - September 16, 2012 - Report this comment
I sent for the mini tool set back in the day, and I just came across it in the cupboard!! Funny!
John Zigman - November 10, 2012 - Report this comment
I used to walk around the playground, looking for thrown away comics. Sent in and got 2 or 3 prizes. I remember when they were 2 for a penny.
JayC - January 18, 2013 - Report this comment
Yep I remember when I was a kid going to the IGA store in town, they had 2 check out lines but only used one the other was covered with containers of candy. All the candy cost between a penny and a quarter each, I used to go in and load up on bazooka gum, Atomic fireballs and jaw breakers. Back then you could buy a lot of candy for a dollar.
Sharry - February 02, 2014 - Report this comment
I learned to blow bubbles w/ Bazooka Bubble gum. I loved the little pieces and comics for a penny, (how can you beat that?), but I also loved the ones in 5 inch sectioned sticks for a nickel. Each section was the size of a regular piece of Bazooka. Grape was the best! When I used to work in an after-school program, we had "Bubble Gum Friday". I'd load up on Bazooka Bubble gum (then a nickel each), and give the kids 1 piece each. We saved the comics and made collages. And not to long ago, when I babysat a little 6 year old boy, we'd stop off on the way home and pick up some Bazooka. And I taught him to blow bubbles w/ it!
Rob Lambert - November 21, 2014 - Report this comment
Fleer's Dubble Bubble, a bubble gum icon since 1922, gained a strong rival in Topp's Bazooka in 1946. Little Bazooka Joe comic sheets were included starting in 1954. Joe's pal was that strange kid who wore the red turtleneck of his shirt over his mouth. Each comic sheet had offers for cheap toys in exchange for mailing empty wrappers. Topps discontinued the comics in the early 1990s.
Rob Lambert - May 29, 2017 - Report this comment
Scoping through eBay today, I came across a 1968 "Laugh-In" gum card box, selling for $250. bust pictures of Rowan (without mustache) and Martin (with toupee) printed, This Topps series consisted of 77 cards, about half of them had line-drawn cartoons, and some which opened up, called "Foldies." As always, a stick of home-brand Bazooka gum was included in each nickel pack, along with five cards.

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