It was 1963 and we called it a Boyfriend Chaser. I’m not sure where it got that name, but you were supposed to make it as long as your boyfriend was tall.
My cousin from the city was making one. Everything my cousin from the city did was cool, or so I thought.
It was a gum wrapper chain. Made by unfolding gum wrappers, folding them and refolding them, and inserting each folded wrapper into the next folded wrapper. Several of us started to make them, but I was the only one that became obsessed with the project. My friends saved gum wrappers for me. My mom and dad saved gum wrappers for me. Kids at school who I didn’t really know saved them for me. They would bring bags of them to school and just hand them to me and I would go home and fold and put them together. When I finished folding it was over 52 feet long…I didn’t really have a boyfriend so I just kept going and going and going. I remember almost throwing it away at least a dozen times and then…. finally…. I did. Wish I had kept it!
If you are really interested here’s a link I found that shows how to make them…. Happy Chewing!