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Oh Boy Gum vending machine

Posted: Mon Sep 14, 2020 6:15 pm
by runner
I recently acquired this vintage (possibly around the 1930s), Oh Boy gum vending machine. Can't find another picture of one. I asked the previous owner about the history of the machine. She had bought it in 1979 from an antiques shop in Southampton. The owner of the shop knew nothing of its history. She had tried the library, spoken to elderly people, but no-one had heard of it.

She even wrote to 'old codgers' in the Daily Mail but they had not heard of it either. Over the years she had tried to find out more information about it, but alas to no avail. Any information from you fine people appreciated.

It's missing a part at the bottom. I will take it to the locksmiths to see if the lock can be opened at the top. Also I need some advice on how best to preserve the existing decals. Do I use a wax or similar product, or just leave it as it is?

Many thanks.

Re: Oh Boy gum vending machine

Posted: Mon Sep 14, 2020 8:20 pm
by badpenny
Howdy .....

I imagine you've seen the pages of sites containing examples and history of Oh Boy Gum on Google?

BP :cool:

Re: Oh Boy gum vending machine

Posted: Mon Sep 14, 2020 8:43 pm
by pennymachines
Does the vendor read, 'BRITISH & BOY IT'S PURE'?

I'm guessing this isn't the same Oh Boy gum made by the Goudey Gum Co. of Boston, Massachusetts in the 1920s. Maybe they had to change the name, which could account for the obscurity.

Re: Oh Boy Gum vending machine

Posted: Tue Sep 15, 2020 4:56 am
by runner
Looks to read, 'BRITISH & BEST - BOY IT'S PURE'. I had seen the cigarette cards advertised on ebay from America and Oh Boy gum. I shall research it further with the Boston company. Thanks for the info.

Re: Oh Boy Gum vending machine

Posted: Tue Sep 15, 2020 8:02 am
by brigham
Made by British Chewing Sweets Ltd. of Slough.

Re: Oh Boy Gum vending machine

Posted: Tue Sep 15, 2020 10:36 am
by runner
Thank you for the info, Brigham, I will research this

Re: Oh Boy Gum vending machine

Posted: Tue Sep 15, 2020 12:06 pm
by john t peterson
The enamel sign has the saying "Pick a ninny." In the US, "picaninny" was a pejorative insult historically used to describe black children. What is the British interpretation of the phrase?

J Peterson
Picking up the pieces in USA

Re: Oh Boy Gum vending machine

Posted: Tue Sep 15, 2020 12:44 pm
by pennymachines
It has the same connotation, but judging by the very white-faced character, I suspect that's not what the advertisers had in mind. A ninny is just a fool or simpleton, so maybe they're suggesting you'd have to be one to buy these sweets? :o

Re. preserving the graphics, I think you just need to keep it clean and dry.

brigham wrote:
Tue Sep 15, 2020 8:02 am
Made by British Chewing Sweets Ltd. of Slough.

Well done Brigham - you proved we have a better class of old codger than the Daily Mail!
Following your lead, I found only two Google references to the company: on page 7 of the Slough, Eton & Windsor Observer, 17th August 1928, and an Internet Archive electronic OCR scan of The Chemist and Druggist, July 14, 1928, listing companies attending a Confectionery Exhibition in Kensington that year:
The Chocolate and Confectionery Exhibition, which was opened on July 9 at Olympia New Hall, Kensington, London, W., and organised by the Manufacturing Confectioners' Alliance Incorporated, is the first national exhibition devoted solely to confectionery and its manufacture. Foreign firms as well as British are among the 171 exhibitors, and the exhibition is thoroughly representative. The exhibition will be open until July 17. Many lines were of interest to chemists....
...British Chewing Sweets, Ltd., samples of Oh Boy chewing gum.

Re: Oh Boy Gum vending machine

Posted: Tue Sep 15, 2020 4:49 pm
by runner
Great stuff guys, what I would give to be at that exhibition !

Re: Oh Boy Gum vending machine

Posted: Tue Sep 15, 2020 9:32 pm
by ilovemyjukebox
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Never seen another. I bought mine many years ago. The graphics were so poor that I could hardly work out the picture of the boy. It wasn't until I came across a picture on the net a few years later that I figured it out.