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Old 09-13-2016, 07:32 PM
DPRK DPRK is offline
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What may have further fueled the legend is the fact that Tootsie Rolls did offer giveaways for sending in wrappers (and cash).

For instance, here's an ad from the June 1948 issue of Boys' Life (p. 45) for a beanie hat for "25 cents and any size wrapper from Tootsie Rolls, Tootsie Fudge, or Tootsie Pops":

Or here's another ad, from the February 1948 issue of Boys' Life (p. 41), this time for a 'coon tail "for only 15 c and a Tootsie Roll wrapper":

Note how on the same page, there's another (unrelated) advert for the 'Headquarters for Indiancrafts'.

It's not too hard to see the two ads (and/or other, similar ads) become muddled together in a young boy's mind, adding fuel to the legend.