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Biographical Note

Content Description

Restrictions

Index Terms

Separated Material

Administrative Information

Accession Number

Description of Series

Inventory

University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

Andrew J. Paris Papers, 1945-1972



Creator Paris, Andrew J.
Title: Andrew J. Paris papers
Dates (Bulk): 1945-1972
Identification: camh-arc-004173
Extent: 1.25 linear feet
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

Biographical Note

Andrew J. Paris (1919-1997) was born in Detroit, Michigan, in 1919. The son of Greek immigrants, Paris worked in the family tobacco store from the age of seven. During World War II, he began importing candies from Mexico to help his family's business. During this time, he established connections in the latex industry around Monterrey. After the war, latex, a crucial ingredient in bubble gum, remained in short supply. By 1947, Paris had cornered the latex market in Monterrey, Mexico, and flooded the Americas with affordable gum — 5,000 tons of it in the span of only a few years.

Paris was dubbed "the bubble gum king" by Life magazine. He became a Hollywood celebrity overnight, teaching child actress Natalie Wood how to blow bubbles for her role in the film Miracle on 34th Street. Soon other corporations caught up with Paris, as did the Internal Revenue Service.

Paris attempted to innovate his way out of trouble in the early 1950s. However, several products flopped, including licorice-flavored gum and candy-coated gum on a stick. In 1955, he was forced to liquidate his factory in McAllen to settle back taxes. He moved into the vending machine business, but never achieved the same success he had enjoyed in the late 1940s. Paris died in 1997.

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Content Description

Correspondence, business papers, financial documents, photographs, advertising materials, audio materials, and a scrapbook comprise the Andrew J. Paris papers, 1945-1972.

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Restrictions

Conditions Governing Access

Access to audio materials by appointment only; please contact sound archivist for more information.

A portion of these materials are stored remotely. Advance notice required for retrieval. Contact repository for retrieval.

Conditions Governing Use

There are no use restrictions on this collection. Publisher is responsible for complying with copyright law. 

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Index Terms

Personal Names
Paris, Andrew J.
Subjects
Entrepreneurship--Case studies
Foreign workers, Mexican
Sugar
Places
McAllen

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Separated Material

Some materials have been separated to the material culture unit.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Andrew J. Paris Papers, 1945-1972, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Jessi Fishman, January 2020.

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Accession Number

2019-201

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Detailed Description of the Collection

Inventory

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2019-201/1 [23354578] Scrapbook of letters, clippings, etc., 1946-1948
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2019-201/2 [23354589] Letters, printed material, press, etc., 1947-1951
Foam core-mounted photographic images, circa 1947-circa 1949
Mounted photographs from clubs and restaurants in California and Mexico, undated
Photographs - Natalie Wood, circa 1947
Letter from Natalie Wood, January 1948
Photographs, undated
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2019-201/3 [23354590] Photographs, undated
Mounted photograph of Andrew J. Paris and Governor Beauford Jester, circa 1947-circa 1949
Clippings, 1947-1948
IRS correspondence, 1955-1972
Advertising ephemera, undated
Digitized recordings on CD-R, undated
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2019-201/1 [23354578] Oversize printed and advertising materials
LIFE magazine, February 3, 1947
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2.325/R100 [SRH1230003175] Transcription discs and radio recordings in original format, circa 1947-circa 1949

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