Rare Lot Of 26 Vintage 1930's O-pee-chee Opc Gipsy Vending Machine Gum Wrappers For Sale
Vintage 1930's OPC Vending Gum Wrapper Lot
Rare lot of 26 vintage 1930's "O-Pee-Chee Vending Gum" paper wrappers. Two of the wrappers are "Gipsy Gum". There are various different flavors of gum with some duplicates. Only 25 wrappers are shown in my pics but there were two red wrappers stuck together when I took the pics so there are actually 26 wrappers. I have other 1960's-70's non sports trading card lots listed. Please note: lot came from a smoker's estate in case you have allergies to cigarette smoke. Poor to excellent condition with some wear/creases/soiling/tears/etc.....some wrappers are only partially there since they were torn (see pics for condition). Red wrappers measure approx 1 1/4 X 2 1/4 inches and the "Gipsy" wrappers measure approx 1 1/2 X 2 5/8 inches. We do not ship to Italy.
In 1911, O-Pee-Chee Gum Company was formed and the first box of Gipsy gum produced that year still exists in the hands of the present owner. The sales in the first year were $28,656.41, resulting in a profit of $1,850.90.
The name O-Pee-Chee is an Indian word meaning “the Robin” and is found in “The Song of Hiawatha” by Longfeloow. It also happened to be the name of the McDermid’s summer cottage in Grand Bend. Back in those days it was a probable that a favourite juvenile expression might have been “Oh, it’s peachy!” Hence, the name O-Pee-Chee Gum Company.
In 1921 O-Pee-Chee Gum Company was sold to a trust with the intent of incorporation the Company and changing its name to O-Pee-Chee Company Limited. Initially, it was incorporated as a public Company with five shareholders and four directors – all members of the McDermid family.
The sales for the first year of operation of O-Pee-Chee Company Limited were 177,389.84, with a profit of $4,766.92. The products manufactured were chewing gum, mints and various types of popcorn – especially Krackley Nut. In that year, there were 30 employees in the plant and the annual payroll was $31,614.38, including management salaries and bonuses.
In 1928, a manufacturing facility was built at 430 Adelaide street in London. Initially, this plant was erected primarily to supply a substantial export gum business to the United Kingdom. From 1928 until 1989, this plant housed some of the most modern gum and candy making equipment available in the world.
The 1930’s was a boom time for O-Pee-Chee as they started to issue cards within there gum to promote better sales. In 1933, a licensing agreement was signed with a Buffalo firm to manufacture and sell a line of paraffin chewing gum and novelties. This allowed OPC to sell these products in Canada as well as in Great Britain and Ireland. About this time, Frank P. Leahy joined the firm as Sales Manager and John Gordon McDermid, the son of J. K. McDermid, also became active in the business. A host of sports and non-sports cards came out of the 1930’s for OPC.
With the arrival of World War II, accompanied by sugar and other commodity rationing, OPC Company existed mainly because of war contracts to supply dried egg powder to Europe and the United Kingdom. There were a few issues which OPC released in the early years of the war as seen below. Employees, who worked here during the war, still recall the incident when a boat carrying a load of egg powder was sunk in the St. Lawrence River by a German submarine and the shipment had to be returned to London for repacking. During this time, the only gum product manufactured was Thrills –a product which is still being sold today.
By 1961 with Frank Leahy at the helm, it would seem OPC had taken over all aspects of production, at least in hockey card production from Topps for cards, wrappers and display boxes, however, Topps still remained as the licensee of the players and team photos.
With regards to non-sports production, a stamp on the box “36 Count” would signify that the wax packs were OPC and were distributed in Canada.
About this time, another licensing agreement was signed with a large Candy company located in St. Louis, Missouri, (Jaw Teasers). These two licensing arrangements allowed OPC to manufacture and market the products of these two firms in Canada. Immediately, new products became available to the Canadian market which substantially increased the Company’s sales volume, allowing for more efficient manufacturing and marketing techniques.
In the early 1960’s, Beatlemania overtook North America with OPC having the rights to manufacture and market the Beatles Bubble Gum cards for the Canadian Market. A host of non-sport issues made their appearance in the 1960’s and beyond.
I have other vintage/antique items listed on and will combine on shipping charges according to the weight of the parcel. Any white glare is flash from my camera. Item came from a smoker's estate so may have an odor of cigarette smoke.
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Rare Lot Of 26 Vintage 1930's O-pee-chee Opc Gipsy Vending Machine Gum Wrappers: $70