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Goody-goody gumdrops

Posted by Gary Martin on January 29, 2009 at 08:34

In Reply to: Goody-goody gumdrops posted by Joe on January 28, 2009 at 17:33:

: : The phrase "Goody-goody gumdrops", which I remember being used in the mid-1950s, was apparently (according to then go to 'Whirligig') the catchphrase of Humphrey Lestocq (of 'Mr Turnip' fame).

: : I recall both these characters and concur with this suggestion.

: Goody-goody gumdrops goes back to at least 1887
: in America, common in the 1930's. Also note a product called "Heisel's Goody Goody Chewing Gum"
: from 1892. C.t. Heisel Chewing Gum Co, Cleveland

Have you details of the 1887 citation please? I can find 'goody, goody' and 'gum drops' from the 18th and 19th century respectively, but can't place 'goody, goody gumdrops' before the 20th.