I recently came across my vintage 1980s, I wanna say late 70s Lotte Big Bubble Pretty Lady Gum stash!!! As kids, my sister Lita and I would walk to the local Mom and Pop stores in our village, one in particular, we called, "Stead's Store". The owners were my relative's on my Father's side, and the store was named after the wife, Ester Duenas Flores. Her nickname was Auntie "Stead". I may have spelled that wrong. My Uncle Alfred was her husband, and a former Senator, you can find more info on him here.
Her store was where we found the Lotte Big Bubble gum packs. Lita and I would walk their or ride our bikes, get a couple of packs and come home and play with them. One of the last times, I ever found these packs, I kept the wrappers, and one of the cards. I placed them inside a small folder and was sure they were destroyed by a typhoon that flooded the rivers close by my parents home, and it flooded into the village, so water came into our basement, back in the 90s. If you recall, I spoke about a set I bought from a seller in Japan, here in this post.
When I relocated from Ohio, back to Guam. I was sure the folder was lost. But to my surprise, they were safely tucked away. Fast forward to last night, I took the folder out and sure enough, inside, were my set of Pretty Lady bubble gum packages and one lone set unused inside!! What?!! Yup!
here. Big Bubble was just one of the company's many gum choices for children in the 70s and 80s. I believe on Guam, kids were fortunate because we had many of the Asian snacks and candies were brought in by local companies.
Inside, the pack I didn't use this set above, and saved it for reference. Still nice and bright too! Whoa! I'm sure there were other doll styles, I've seen a short bob hairstyle girl. I wonder if they are still sold somewhere today? I've tried to see if they still sell in Japan, but nothing has turned up. Darn. Next, I received this lovely Rushton yawning bunny with bottle from Alaska. She needed a good wash and I added a navy blue satin bow with daisies. She did come with this cute baby bottle. Quite different, she has a pink elastic on her right hand to hold her bottle. I will be adding her to my Etsy shop next week. She's well loved and just freakin' adorable!!
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Thank you for reading! ~ ggsdolls