Thomas Adams

Thomas Adams

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Death 7 Feb 1905 (aged 86)
Burial Brooklyn, Kings County (Brooklyn), New York, USA
Plot Lot 29432, Section 139
Memorial ID 59373693 · View Source
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Thomas Adams (1818-1905) fancied himself quite an inventor. But things were not going well for him. Try as he might, he could not turn chicle into rubber products. As his experiments failed and his frustration grew, he popped a piece of chicle into his mouth. And a new industry, chewing gum, was thereby born. Adams Chewing Gum swept the nation. Its brand names, "Black Jack" (introduced in 1884) and Chiclets (1899) became household names. In 1888, Adams installed the first Tutti Fruitti gum machines along New York City's elevated train lines; put a penny in the machine, turn, and get a piece of gum. They were a sensation for years on the elevated, then later on the subways.


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  • Maintained by: Athanatos
  • Originally Created by: T.V.F.T.H.
  • Added: 29 Sep 2010
  • Find a Grave Memorial 59373693
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Thomas Adams (4 May 1818–7 Feb 1905), Find a Grave Memorial no. 59373693, citing Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, Kings County (Brooklyn), New York, USA ; Maintained by Athanatos (contributor 46907585) .