Continuing this week with fun posts acknowledging CollectingCandy.com’s two-year anniversary, today we’re presenting a photo spread of unopened Bubble Yum bubblegum packs from the 1970’s! Unlike yesterday, today’s post will be light on historical facts as this is a topic I’m still researching and still hoping to learn a lot more about. So make the jump to get an eyeful of the colorful Bubble Yum packs of the 1970’s!
Before starting, I want to make special note that all but one of the packs photographed for today’s post originate from the amazing Dianne H. Barnes Bubblegum Collection. Dianne’s collection is an extraordinary gathering of bubblegum items spanning over 30 years and containing many pieces I’ve never encountered anywhere else. I’m excited to be taking over as curator of this special collection and as such, you can count on seeing and learning more about it right here in the coming months and years.
Bubble Yum was first sold in the mid-1970’s and is responsible for birthing the soft-chunk gum category, the popularity of which spawned competing brands from other manufacturers like Hubba Bubba and Bubblicious. Though Bubble Yum launched with just one flavor, it would eventually be joined by a second (Grape) and then Spearmint, Tropical Punch, and Wild Cherry – all before the end of the decade. The 1970’s would also produce the very first Sugarless Bubble Yum release.
You may notice some surface wear on the following packs – it’s typical for these types of packages as the wrappers are foil-based and show damage easier than others. I am of the opinion that such surface damage does not detract from their striking, vibrant beauty. With that said, let’s get to em!:
Those are the individual portraits of each 1970’s Bubble Yum pack. But that’s not everything for today. Next up is a straight-on group shot of all of these 1970’s packs together. [Note that one pack from 1980 made it in – the Sugarless Bubble Yum Strawberry flavor pack – whoops!]:
Since I had these out and was shooting them, I wanted to have a little fun arranging them in different ways and taking all kinds of photographs. I came away with a nice variety of shots of these wonderful 1970’s Bubble Yum packs that I want to share. I hope you enjoy them:
Here’s that 1980 Sugarless Strawberry pack sneaking in again!
And that’s all of ’em. The logo and graphic design of 1970’s Bubble Yum has to rank it as one of the greatest confectionery packages of all-time. If you were around in the 1970’s, these are iconic.
That’s everything for today’s post and our photographic look back at Bubble Yum packs of the 1970’s. Stop back tomorrow for another special CollectingCandy.com two-year anniversary post.
See you next time!