Used Chewing-Gum Container
"Peggy" was a handy little locket patented by a Cincinnati, OH, company in 1898 as a way of storing used chewing gum. Like soft drinks, chewing gum was hugely popular around the beginning of the 1900s and one of the first products promoted through mass advertising. "Peggy" was not unique, but was one of several types of chewing gum lockets patented during the period. Aside from containing some of the mess associated with used chewing gum, the locket is an example of tin smithing and the art of lithography as well as a commentary on the creativity of folks who found a way to cash in on a rather lucrative fad.
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