House clutter cleanout job treats DiMola Bros to 1950s candy corsages
It was just another house clutter cleanout job and I was hunting for treasure.
I left my office in Ridgewood, Queens, and drove my giant, red truck to the next site. A little garbage here, a little debris there, and right under my nose was this 1950s candy corsage. Just like always, I found a gem in a sea of trash.
Candy corsages were mostly given to girls on their birthdays back in the 1950s and ‘60s. Most candy corsages were decorated with lollipops, gumdrops, Tootsie Rolls, bubble gum or lemon drops.
I have three corsages; one is adorned with 10 gumdrops, so it’s for a 10-year-old’s birthday, and the second sports 11 Tootsie Rolls, so – yes, you guessed it – it’s for an 11-year-old’s birthday. The final corsage I have has a long pink ribbon, tied in a bow, with sugar cubes hanging from it. The Tootsie Roll and gum drop corsages are in their original packaging, but the sugar cube one hangs loosely in my office.
I have to say, I’ve never been a guy with a sweet tooth, but finding this corsage was quite a treat.