I’m composing this quick post as a follow up to one of my early posts here on The Filson blog, dated 11 May 2011 – “Chew on This.” In that post, I described some historic “prizes” contained within chewing gum packages, including illustrations of Confederate generals, which could be pasted into a collector’s book.
Little did I know, we hold the very thing here in our Photographic Album collection at The Filson.
While doing research on a sticky library catalogue record, I came across the following description: “An album of halftone illustrations of Confederate officers published by the American Chicle Co.” Be still, my heart! Could this be the collectors album I’d only read about?
Indeed it was - or is, rather. It is smaller than I had envisioned, and the image quality is not quite what my imagination had conjured, but still – here are the Bazooka Joe comics of the 1920s, a complete album. Even P.G.T. Beauregard.*
*You will note that his caption reads “G. T. Beauregard – he preferred to drop the “P”.