A Fun One For Friday – Fleer’s “8 Gumballs”!

Featuring one of the more on-the-nose names of a candy product you’re likely to see,  1971’s “8 Gum balls” from Fleer appears to be just that, a package filled with 8 different flavored gumballs.

I have to wonder what the talk was in the marketing department the day this one was named.   In a way though, it just sort of works.

The pack I have in my collection has never been opened, so it still has the multi-flavored goodness inside.  Here it is:

Fleer – 8 Gumballs – candy gum package – 1971

I love the gumball-machine illustration for the front, and the minimalist layout of flavors on the back of the package.   To my eye, this is really a wonderful piece of pop art.

The other thing I like is that it would appear that some exotic flavors were included – at least exotic for gumballs at the time.  Banana and pineapple were not flavors you’d find in a typical gumball machine.

It’s a neat, unusual piece from four-decades back, and one I’m delighted to be able to share with you today.

And that’s everything I’ve got on Fleer’s 8 Gumballs.  See you next time!

About Jason Liebig

A New York City based writer, editor and sometimes actor. After spending much of the 1990′s in the comic book business helping tell the stories of Marvel Comics’ X-Men as series editor, he has since split his time between developing his own entertainment properties while still consulting and working on others. Having been described as “the Indiana Jones of lost and forgotten candy”, Jason is one of the country’s premier candy collectors and historians with his discoveries appearing in countless blogs, magazines, newspaper articles, and books. Always happy to share his knowledge and unique perspectives on this colorful part of our popular culture, Jason has consulted with New York’s Museum of Food and Drink and has also been a featured guest on Food Network’s Heavyweights, France’s M6 Capital, and New York’s TheActionRoom.com. My Google Profile+
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