April 18, 1996 |
The mailman, as usual, has brought some items that cry out for answers. Perhaps the most intriguing comes from a collector in Northeast Philadelphia who has just discovered that all those wrappers he threw away over the years are probably worth some big bucks. We begin. Question: "I was at a hobby show recently and ran into a dealer selling books about the value of old bubblegum wrappers. I looked at some of the prices and I can't believe people really collect wrappers. What is this all about?"
December 14, 2010 |
For an artist trying to penetrate the market, few opportunities are as good as this. In an effort to promote condom use, the Philadelphia Department of Public Health's Division of Disease Control is sponsoring a contest to design its prophylactic wrappers. The competition, which has been extended to Jan. 14, invites artists to submit designs with a "unique and positive message," said Carol Johnson, director of the disease-control division. The winning design, as chosen by online voters, will adorn the wrappers of at least 500,000 condoms that the city distributes.
June 16, 1988 |
The West German company that once made the packaging for Gummi Bears, the squishy, roly-poly multicolored candies, yesterday filed a $54 million federal lawsuit against Du Pont Co. The company says Du Pont fraudulently contended that its K Cellophane did not contain diethylene glycol (DEG) - the toxic chemical that touched off a food scare in 1985 when it was discovered in wine, fruit juice, candy, cheese - and Gummi Bears - in Europe and the United States. In the suit, the Adolf Lony packaging company of Lauterecken/Pfalz, West Germany, alleges that Du Pont's K Cellophane, which Lony made into wrappers and sold to the Gummi Bears manufacturer, contained DEG. The chemical is a colorless, sweet-tasting and extremely toxic substance used to make antifreeze, brake fluid and some cellophane food wrappers.
June 10, 1998 |
The couple was getting married in five days - could Janet Matrone help? Not with the dress, the food or the seating arrangements, the soon-to-be newlyweds said, but by supplying 125 customized favors. Matrone, mother of three, eight months pregnant with number four, and owner of All About Me! Publications, agreed. "We've had more than a few burnt dinners, but it's fun," Matrone said. "The best part is meeting new people and being creative," she said. When she was a dental assistant, "the people were afraid and upset.
April 7, 1998 |
A hungry thief embarked on a mini-crime spree on Baltimore Pike yesterday and didn't stop until he got his chicken nuggets and fries, borough police said. After eating his fill and making his getaway, he fell asleep. And then the food wrappers gave him away, police said. "He was hungry," said Media Officer Keith Prorock. "It's a hell of a thing to go down for burglary for. " Prorock gave this account of the incident: Police were called to investigate a break-in at the Wendy's restaurant at 294 E. Baltimore Pike at 5:35 a.m. yesterday.
December 17, 2000 |
Bob Montgomery, 78, is an ex-Marine who is worried about discontent in the ranks and maneuvering difficulties in his theater of operations. His trusty corps of 125 doughty volunteers raise money for the Coatesville Senior Center every Christmastide by wrapping gifts for customers at the Exton Square Mall. This year, their strategic base of operations has been moved by mall management to smaller quarters - away from customers. Montgomery says the move presents a two-part problem.
February 8, 1990 |
Paul Rondeau drove nearly 3,000 miles last fall to more than 160 branch offices of local banks, trying to persuade them to use his new plastic coin wrappers. Only one bank agreed to a free trial period, but at just five of its 35 branches. Then one morning two weeks ago, Rondeau heard Willard Scott, the weatherman on NBC's Today show, complain about the awkwardness of using paper coin wrappers. "I sent him samples for quarters, dimes, nickels and pennies," Rondeau said, "and a week later I was watching the show and there he was, showing my product.
May 14, 2009
ISN'T IT amazing that City Councilman Frank DiCicco should happen to want to rob people by slapping a fee on plastic bags. What's next - slapping fees on Styrofoam, plastic and paper cups, newspapers and paper bags, as well as candy and paper wrappers, since there's plenty of them flying around in the air and rolling on the ground too? Great idea, Mr. DiCicco. Edward Dubin Philadelphia
March 8, 1986
Never underestimate the power of television, or those who appear on it, to inspire major events in the world. After all, wasn't it a challenge last November from ABC News commentator George Will to Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos to put his popularity to the test and call an election? Now comes news that a revolution of a different sort has taken place, thanks to a comment by another media biggie, Gene Shalit, who reviews movies for NBC-TV. Mr. Shalit, it seems, voiced a pet peeve: Noisy candy bar wrappers.
January 7, 2010
A few things that Mumbai, India, ingrains in you: a taste for Bollywood, a tolerance of traffic, and a love of chaat , the street food of old Bombay. So I lit up when I saw Desi Chaat, a tiny, West Philly take-out storefront. The samosa had spent a little too long under the heat lamp. But the papri chaat (distinguished by boiled potatoes and chickpeas) made me smile. Your typical chaat employs a mixture of savories, in this case tossed with mango and pomegranate seeds and dotted with yogurt and mint, tamarind-date and plum sauces that you stir into crispy bits made here from (slightly oily)