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Wrigley Pharmaceutical Company - Signed by W.W. Wrigley
Wrigley Pharmaceutical Company - Signed by W.W. Wrigley

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This Wrigley Pharmaceutical Company stock certificate was issued in the 1920s and is hand signed by the founder and president W.W. Wrigley. Wrigley primarily sold toothpaste. They aimed to capitalize on the Wrigley Chewing Gum name and marketed a spearmint toothpaste with a logo similar to the famous chewing gum. W.W. Wrigley was the cousin of William Wrigley Jr. and was actually sued by William Wrigley over the use of their image. The legal action failed to stop him and W.W. Wrigley even set up a booth at the 1939 World's Fair in New York.

Wrigley Pharmaceutical even took it a step further, they would sell two tubes of toothpaste and 10 shares of stock for $10. The U.S. Post Office won a legal case finding Wrigley in a scheme to de-fraud investors and they were prohibited from using the Wrigley name. They went belly-up in 1942 for non-payment of taxes.