'Queen of the Channel' Chewing Gum Wrapper c.1955
Colour photocopy of a ‘Queen of the Channel’ chewing gun wrapper with a cartoon of Florence Chadwick from the USA, first woman to swim the Channel, recorded time of 13hrs 55mins. ‘Anglo-American Chewing Gum Ltd, Halifax, England’. It shows an image of a woman in a bathing cap, goggles, and a swimming costume coming out of the sea. To the right is a small hand drawn portrait of of Flornce Chadwick. It says: “SPORTS PARADE”, “‘BELL BOY’ SERIES”, “QUEEN OF THE CHANNEL”, “33”, and “MISS FLORENCE CHADWICK OF U.S.A. ACCOMPLISHED WHAT NO WOMAN IN HISTORY HAD DONE BEFORE. SHE NOT ONLY SWAM THE ENGLISH CHANNEL FROM ENGLAND TO FRANCE BUT MADE THE CROSSING IN RECORD TIME OFF 13 HOURS 55 MINUTES (FASTER THAN MEN SWIMMERS). SHE ALSO MADE REVERSE CROSSING FROM FRANCE”. In the border of the wraper it also says: “ANGLO ‘BELL BOY’ Regd. BUBBLE GUM.”, and “ANGLO AMERICAN CHEWING GUM LTD. HALIFAX, ENGLAND”.