48 mm x 33 mm (1.89 inch x 1.30 inch)... These are the measurements of one of the most picturesque objects that can be found related to Cab Calloway! It is a small flip book published in 1949 by the TOPPS brand of chewing gum.
(source : Drew Friedman)
60 Flip-O-Vision to collect!
- Kay Kyser
- The Ink Spots
- Rudy Vallee
- Buddy Rich
- Bing Crosby
- Harpo Marx ((once alone and only once with Marilyn Monroe - uncredited - in the movie Love Happy)
- Chico Marx (with Marilyn Monroe in the movie Love Happy)
- Bob Hope
- Johnny Weissmuller
- Vic Damone, etc.
Publicité : "Fais tes films" (source : Drew Friedman)
Funny, isn't it? Not necessarily to the taste of everyone. Indeed, the public seems to have somewhat snubbed this series of animated cards (probably only distributed as a test on New York and its area, with perhaps some local agreements in local theatres). Especially since some stars (or studios) had not really given their consent to such use of their image and asked that their artists be removed from the series.
TOPPS chewing gums would continue to shine with many marketing products but it's especially with cards with images of baseball cards that the brand joins the circle of objects sought after the collectors of yesterday and today.
Check-list for the series. Do you have the whole set?
In the marketing trend around Cab Calloway, we are always searching for the "Hi De Ho" gums created by Blanche Calloway in 1952... If ever you have one stuck under your shoes ...
- Topps Archives
THE MODERN HOBBY GUIDE TO TOPPS CHEWING GUM:1938 to 1956, by David Hornish (author of the Topps archives) - free downloadable book
Drew Friedman's blog on caricature