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M.I.B. – Goetze and Mary Sue Candies

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M.I.B. — Made in Baltimore — is an occasional series by our friend Evan, author of the blog, The City That Breeds.

Goetze’s should also be filed under our not-terribly-regular feature Holy S*** That’s Awesome! Because holy s***, I love me some caramel creams. Goetze’s (it’s pronounced “gets” and is not to be confused with “goatse,” you perv) got its start in 1895 when August Goetze was working as a printer for the wrappers at the Baltimore Chewing Gum Factory. August had a son named William Goetze. Figuring a pony was a cliche’d gift even in the late 1800s, August bought the Baltimore Chewing Gum Factory for his son. By 1917, William’s son R. Melvin Goetze Sr. joined the company and started manufacturing something that shaped this SpaceMan’s childhood.

Made in Baltimore – or at Least Headquartered Here

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Let’s face it, Baltimore City and the state of Maryland seem to have an incredibly difficult time (well, all of America really) holding onto businesses/companies that make actual things. From widgets and doohickeys all the way up to coffee and cars, Maryland did at one point have a rich tapestry of manufacturing jobs that sustained a very robust working class – especially in the city. But alas – GM, Solo Cup, Bethlehem Steel, Black and Decker, Pepsi, on and on – a lot of the big names have left the building. No blame in the game, just a statement of fact.

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