BFF o'the Archive Jeff Shepherd passed along an old ad featuring an item from my favorite confectioner a short time ago. Sometime in the 1940's the Bakelite Corporation (really Union Carbide) took out a trade ad featuring an old Topps Gum display. I think it looks pretty cool as the colors of the Topps display and gum really stand out:
Bakelite was essentially an early form of plastic, a bit more brittle than the stuff we are used to today. Shep says it's the first time he's seen one of these displays other than in darker colors.
Here's a better look at the Topps display:
Here is one of the aforementioned darker displays:
That display was auctioned along with the other type of counter display used by Topps, the round canister:
All these displays date from around 1946-47 I would say as the canister has a 1946 copyright.