War Gum: "Japanese Bomb Orphanage at Kashing"
War Gum: "Japanese Bomb Orphanage at Kashing" (No. 18)
Text on reverse of card: "The Japanese Air Forces had often dropped bombs on the Sisters of Charity Orphanage at Kashing, China. Finally they destroyed all six buildings, killed 86 small children, and injured several adults! During the dreaful attacks the brave sisters used to herd the terrified little orphans into an emergency shelter, a crude dug-out on the mission grounds. This was their refuge during the raids until on November 15, 1937, one hateful bomber decided to make it his target! His bombs killed 26 girls between the ages of nine and fifteen. Another bomb hit the nursery, killing sixty tiny babies, and wounding two Chinese sisters. Nine other French and Chinese sisters escaped in skiffs iwth 150 of the orphans. They fled toward the interior, seeking a peaceful region. All other residents of the orphanage were destroyed. The buildings had no flags flying during the attacks and near the home of Chinese General Chang Fah-kwei.
To know the HORRORS OF WAR is to want PEACE. This is one of a series of 240 True Stories of Modern Warfare. Save to get them all. Picture and Text Copyright 1938, GUM, INC., Phila., Pa."
"Bubble-gum cards emerged from their wrappers, smelling of powdered sugar, in comic-book colors with armies and soldiers, tanks and planes, blood and gore...There was a message on each to justify their acquisition to the parents who provided the pennies: "To know the HORRORS OF WAR is to want PEACE." We kids hardly noticed....
A curious, comic-book war survives on the cards, the dream visions of gum-company copywriters. Whether the scenes were gruesome or glorious, the colors were always as bright as the outlook for victory. The enemy was always vicious and often cowardly, while our side was always brave and fought like heroes."
Stanley Weintraub, "The Bubble Gum Wars," in MHQ
Courtesy of Carl Sheeley