Notes from the Past

Do You Like Tapioca?

Really?  Well, you've been absorbing it, and as far as I have noted none of you have particularly objected to it, on the score of taste, and you generally pay regular dough to secure on the backs of your mint stamps.  Some of you hold it in such high esteem as to purchase cellophane jackets and other gadgets to preserve it from contamination with hinges.

According to information supplied by the Bureau of Engraving and Printing, Uncle Sam's stamp foundry, the basic ingredient used to make gum is tapioca starch, such as is used in tapioca pudding, and, the same report naively continues, -- "If the tapioca in a year's supply of gum were made into pudding, the whole population of Greater New York could be served tapioca pudding for dessert at one meal."  Fine! how about mixing in a little beef stew, pasta fazoola, and hot knishes on the backs of next year's stamps?

- George B. Sloane
Sloane's Column
November 25, 1933

 Posted December 4, 1999  

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