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Chew Man Chew Bubble Gum and Fortune

Chew Man Chew Bubble Gum and Fortune

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Chew Man Chew Bubble Gum and Fortune featured individually packed pieces of gum with fortune paper inside. A clear spin-off of “Fu Manchu,” a yellow face with mere lines as facial features reminiscent of the Fu Manchu mustache introduces fortunes like: “Questions/ may be keys to/ doors of truth.” The yellow face has also a brown conical hat, and fingers with long sharp black nails.
The red wrapping paper has sharp yellow letters with black shadow, characteristic of the stereotypical so-called “Asian font.” On the side is the same yellow face as on the paper fortunes.
Currently not on view
Object Name
Gum wrappers
gum wrappers
place made
Associated Place
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
overall: 10 1/4 in x 6 7/8 in x 1/8 in; 26.035 cm x 17.4625 cm x.3175 cm
ID Number
catalog number
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Work and Industry: Asian Pacific American Business
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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