Friday, December 4, 2015

Sets in my Collection #11: 1933 Jungle Chewing Gum

Chronologically this is the 10th oldest set in my collection. This set was produced by World Wide Gum Inc. and is composed of 48 cards- despite the fact that the back of the card lists it as being part of a series of 192. It seems, based on the research I did when I first got the card last year, that the company either went out of business or simply lost interest and never finished releasing the cards. They didn't release them in number order, so the set is skip-numbered, with the highest number known being #71.

The card is slightly smaller than current standard sized, but larger than a tobacco card. It is also much thicker than most of the other cards I've gotten from this era- it's approaching Flair levels of thickness.

I have only this one card, and it's the only one I've ever seen from the set.

I have to admit, when looking over the checklist, many of the animals are not ones I'm familiar with, although my knowledge of animal species is pretty limited. I enjoy learning about them but I don't really spend a lot of time seeking out information like I do with history and other topics.

For instance other cards in the set are of the "Magot" and "Lechwe". I have no idea what either of those are. (they are a kind of monkey and deer, respectively, both native to Africa, according to Wikipedia, which I just checked as I was typing up this post) There are some others I had to look up as well.

Although the set is called Jungle Chewing Gum, the name is somewhat of a misnomer, as it includes many animals that don't live in jungles (Like this one, above). While the majority of the set is composed of African animals, it also includes animals found elsewhere, and, had the set reached it's fully planned 192 cards, I suspect it would have included many parts of the world and many different sorts of animals. It was not to be.


  1. It's a Watercolor Water Buck. New set to me. "Start a Zoo--As You Chew." Whoo-AHHH!