The world’s 1st marketed chewing gum was made in a tiny Bangor storefront

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Of all of the issues that Mainers have invented or mass-marketed — earmuffs, the machine gun, the microwave oven — maybe none is as little acknowledged as chewing gum.

In any case, it was in 1850 that Hampden native John Bacon Curtis first acknowledged that spruce gum, a deal with derived from spruce tree sap and loved by each Wabanaki individuals and Maine lumbermen, might probably be a profitable product if he marketed it accurately.

At this time, manufacturers like Trident, Icebreakers, Orbit, Bubblicious and DoubleMint are discovered on grocery store cabinets everywhere in the world. However within the 1850s, Curtis traveled from city to city and metropolis to metropolis, introducing the general public to your complete idea of chewing gum — a Maine-made product that shortly caught on and made Curtis a fortune.