In the mid forties, between the summer of '44 and '46, I remember chewing tar. After '46 I would have been in Jr. High and much to "old" to chew tar. You are absolutely correct in that the tar was a patch for the streets.I seem to remember the streets looking a wee bit like a jig saw puzzle.
All I know for sure is we chewed tar when we could get it.I also seem to remember something about tar keeping one's teeth white.Hey cheaper than the whitening toothpaste we have today!Tar was free.
In the recesses of my mind I also have an image of going into the tar on the street and diggin down and getting to tar that was not very hard. I think it must have been after the trucks left and the tar was in the process of hardening.
I don't remember tar as tasting particular good but I do know that gum was not always available during WWII. My parents owned a Mom and Pop grocery from the summer of '44 until the fall of '47. I remember my parents getting their hands on a box of "Double Bubble" (was that by Fleers?)and saving it for Halloween and the Trick or Treaters.
Did my friends and I follow the tar trucks because gum was not always available?I don't think so.I think we followed the tar trucks because it was fun and something to do.You know, no T.V. or computers. We made our own fun.
Nice to hear from you Fred. Hope your golf is good.