Gilbert Mustin, who took over the company from Frank Fleer and made at least three fateful and huge bubblegum decisions, that was to keep the dream alive, to hire Walter Deimer (at least I think it was him who did it) and to name the bubblegum Dubble Bubble, died in 1948.
Bubble Gum’s Biggest Bubbles Ever Blown. That’s why bubble gum was invented. That’s what bubblegum is all about. What’s what bubblegumheaven.com is all about.
You put on the world’s greatest bubble gum bubble blowing contest like The BUBBLEGUM WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP and that’s exactly what you’re going to get. The biggest bubbles ever blown. And the BWC hasn’t disappointed.
What you see here are the biggest bubbles ever blown in non Guinness World Record contests. While it’s true that we don’t have a record of or haven’t seen every other bubble blowing contest ever held (because, after all, bubble blowing contests go all the way back to the beginning of bubblegum time, with contests being held at Walter Diemer’s house), we do have the recollections of the BOMB Squad Heroes and there is visual evidence and written record of the results of a number of the biggest bubblegum contests ever held.
In our claim that the biggest bubbles of all time have been blown in the BWC we mention about “barring evidence to the contrary.” What we mean is that we hold out the possibility that someone could claim bigger bubbles from another contest. Should anyone ever come across such evidence, we would like to see it, and better still, we would love to see it entered into the BUBBLEGUM WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP, so that it and it’s blower could both be given the recognition the bubble and the person who blew it richly deserves.
We also mention that these are bubbles from non-Guinness World Record events. The reason for that is while Guinness World Record bubbles are certainly big enough to make this list, BOMB Squad Heroes are not eligible to compete in the BUBBLEGUM WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP, which means their record breaking bubbles, or any other bubbles they blow cannot be part of the list. And while it’s possible that other bubbles from Guinness events may qualify, it’s not known if there have been any others big enough to get on the list.
So, if anyone knows of bubbles from any contests that could make this list, we encourage those to be brought forward. And if anyone has pictures of themselves blowing bubbles that could qualify, please bring them forward and enter the BWC. Get some recognition. Get a world ranking. Get some free publicity on the homepage of Bubblegum Heaven. Write your name in the history book. Have some fun!
What follows is the Top 65 Biggest Bubbles Ever in non-GWR contests as of 12/31/2011. To see a single picture of this list on that date, please go to our old homepage.
If your not on this list, hope to see you there someday! Meanwhile, please feel free to comment on this list, we’d love to see what you think!
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Walter Deimer never made a patent or earned a royalty from bubblegum. But he become the senior vice president of The Frank Fleer Corporation and later ended up on their board of directors until 1985, which would have given him a career of around 60 years, give or take, all with the same company. Perhaps he didn’t end up exceedingly wealthy, but it sounded like he did pretty well.
At least that’s how it seemed to me.
I love how this was done.
Bubblegum was pink because it was the only coloring he could find. And the original formula has stayed pink until the day this was written, and probably will be long after that. And the taste has stayed the same. It just seemed like once the invention was done the flavor and color was added and that stage was done. They were seemingly almost just pure afterthoughts. For all we know these decisions may have been made in a minutes time. “Oh look. There’s some pink coloring. Throw some in there and that’ll do. Who cares. We have big bubbles to blow and we need to ram that point home!”
Not saying that’s exactly what was done, but if so I wouldn’t be surprised. Actually I’d be pleased.
Because this is BUBBLEgum we’re talking about!
Bubble blowing contests for kids at his house. And I’m sure urging them to blow bigger bubbles every step of the way. This was something brand new, these were kids who didn’t even know what bubblegum was. And all of sudden here’s this guy with brand new cool thing and if you could be good at it you could really be looked up to. I’m sure a truly BOMB Blastic moment came when the first kid said “I can blow a bigger bubble then you!”
“This is a major step for both the growth of The BOMB Squad and the bubblegumheaven.com website” said Bobby “BOOM BOOM” Bickerson, the Commissioner of The BUBBLEGUM WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP. “Chad makes a spectacular BOMB Squad Hero. His accomplishments go way farther than just breaking a Guinness World Record. He created a brand new record that had never existed before, and as such has given the bubble gum bubble blowing world a whole new opportunity at bubblegum fame and glory. The BOMB Squad is all about creating the future of bubble gum, and what Chad has done fits perfectly into that future.”
More details on this developing story will be coming soon.
According to the story you listen to, it was either 100 pieces or 5 pounds of bubblegum (maybe 100 pieces were five pounds) were sold at a candy store in Philadelphia at a penny a piece. Every piece was sold. These days selling 100 pieces of bubblegum for 1 cent each and making a dollar might not sound like too big of a deal. But back then when a penny was worth way more then it is now, it must have been a really big deal. And especially with a product that probably not one person who bought it had ever heard of it before. I’m sure when that happened Walter Deimer, Gilbert Mustin and everyone else at the Frank Fleer Corporation must have known the dream was all set to pay off big. And they were right, since in the first year they sold bubblegum they sold over 1.5 million dollars worth!
It’s interesting when you see bubblegum advertisements over the years, in most cases telling you how great bubblegum tastes. I’ve even heard people say “suchandsuch” is the best bubblegum for blowing bubbles because it tastes the best. I’ve never heard any story about Walter Deimer ever telling salespeople to sell taste, but I’ve seen a lot of mention about how he would teach them to blow big bubbles. Because that’s what he knew would sell bubblegum, and that’s just what happened.
This has always been a source of both pride and frustration for me.
First of all it tells us just what an incredible product bubble gum really is. Not just for the amazing story it took for it to even get invented in the first place. Not for the booming success it has had for 84 years. Not for the endless history it has created. But, just going by the old saying that “imitation is the sincerest form of flattery,” then what product ever created can touch bubble gum?
Just type the word “bubblegum” into Google and see all the websites there are that use the word “bubblegum” in their names (or use them it in their website titles) but have nothing to do with the product that started it all, Walter Diemer’s good ol’ bubble blowing bubble gum.
That’s what this page will do. Name a number (though probably not all, since a Google search of the word bubblegum can bring over 20 million results) of those websites with bubblegum in their name.
So why are sites that have bubblegum in their names a source of frustration? They were more so in the past, but we have gotten by a lot of it, as we have passed up many on the search engines. The way we see it, when it comes to search engine placement, the best website for a keyword search should be placed at the top of the list. In our case, bubblegumheaven.com is far and away bubblegum’s greatest website, totally dedicated to bubblegum, and with all kinds of bubble blowing content. It’s the home of the greatest bubble blowers, the greatest bubble blowing contest and the biggest bubbes ever blown in competition. It’s not a gigantic website that might have millions of pages, of which perhaps one is dedicated to bubblegum (and to make matters worse may have an extremely tiny amount of bubblegum information, if any). It just doesn’t seem right., but it goes up near the top of the list just because it is so immense. But bubblegumheaven.com has perservered, and has come near the top of Google and continues to press on.
So, to do this, I’ll just start near the top of a popular search engine and just list some of them, and tell a little about what they are about.
If anything on the list catches your attention and you would like to learn more, your best bet to find it is to do a search on Google for the name, and it should likely be there.