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Mail Tribune 100, Oct. 5, 1921

The following news items were drawn from the archives of the Mail Tribune 100 years ago

Oct. 5, 1921


Shakespeare doesn’t tell us but it’s quite probable that Romeo first won favor in Juliet’s eyes by gifts of sugar plums and lozenges! The making of these confections originated in England. The recipes were carried to the colonies and with customary American ingenuity new and improved methods were soon devised. Even that sedate book, the Encyclopedia Britannica, gives America credit for the invention of the first machine used in candy making. This was a machine for printing lozenge wrappers and was first put into use in Philadelphia. Lozenges thus wrapped were known as “conversation lozenges.”

We can imagine these “conversation lozenges” were quite a godsend to the bashful Philadelphia youth. Think of the opportunity to distinguish himself with his lady love as a man quite up to the minute of the newest novelties!

Perhaps the national fondness for sweets is due to the fact that sugar is a great force maker and American energy demands a constant replenishment of bodily forces. Or mayhap it may be because of the American trait of generosity. The candy gift is the American expression of appreciation, love and good will.

This year a special day has been set aside for the giving of candy — National Candy Day, October 8th. All over the United States, in every city, town and hamlet, this big event will be celebrated. Everywhere people will remember friends, sweethearts and home-folks with the universal gift — candy!

The calendar man has written in a new holiday — October 8th — and called it “the sweetest day of the year!”


Miss Collins, teacher in the first grade at Jackson school, has introduced into her work a unique feature, designed primarily for the pleasure of the children, but at the same time for a little drill on correct social conduct. This is a birthday party. Tuesday, Oct. 4, was the sixth birthday of two of Miss Collins’ little folks, Madge Kunzman and Dorothy Wight. When the children of the first grade returned from the afternoon recess, they were surprised to find the shades drawn in their room and on the table in the front of the room birthday cakes, lighted with the six candles and decorated with a beautiful wreath of dainty ivy. Little Madge and Dorothy headed the line as they came in and very gracefully took their places at the birthday table. Music on the phonograph added to the joy of the hour. Miss Collins told a favorite story.

The children each found on their desks a piece of fruit and a bright red kite.

— Alissa Corman; acorman@rosebudmedia.com