Northwestern 39 blue bell ringer

Northwestern Corp. 1939

The Northwestern 39 is similar in shape to the 33 gum but it has a much larger footprint and a greater heft. The mechanism is designed for bulk confections and is a bear to work on. It came with a small or large globe and had two styles of lids. One style lid was made of steel and the other cast iron. The cast iron version has more pronounced ridges. I don't know the reason for the two lid styles but it could have been a cost saving measure by switching to steel. The switch must have worked well for them though because the same style lid shows up on the Northwestern 40.

The 39 came only in porcelain and was available in a variety of colors. This is a blue example that has the bell ringer option. The customer would get a free pull every tenth time when the bell sounded. These are very difficult to find and you may not even know you have one until you take it apart or put ten pennies through it.

This example is 100% original and has a working bell ringer. If you happen to have a globe with an original bell ringer decal on it, please e-mail me.