Why Shirley Temple Forever Rules National Lollipop Day

July 20 is National Lollipop Day, and when it comes to the sweet confection, one name always comes to mind: Shirley Temple. Lollipops are sweet, fun and have been enjoyed by children and adults since at least the early 20th century. It was in 1908 that lollipops were sold in what is similar to modern forms of the candy and the word lollipop was trademarked in 1931. It is believed, however, that lollipops, as a form of candy and medicine, dates back to ancient days. Just several years after the word lollipop was trademarked, Shirley Temple starred in the film Bright Eyes and debuted her song “On the Good Ship Lollipop.” The year was 1934, and Shirley Temple sang and danced her way into the heart of Americans. Her song, like lollipops, embodied the sweetness she was known for. As people worldwide celebrate National Lollipop Day, many share photos, videos, and clips from Shirley Temple’s performance of “On the Good Ship Lollipop” from Bright Eyes.

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Have you or your kids received lollipops from banks?

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“On the Good Ship Lollipop” became Shirley Temple’s signature song. Sidney Clare and Richard A. Whiting composed the classic that remains a popular tune. There have been multiple songs in American history that celebrate lollipops, but for many, “On the Good Ship Lollipop” remains the No. 1 song. Another song that celebrates lollipops and is a good choice for celebrating National Lollipop Day is “Lollipop” by The Chordettes.

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Children and adults alike enjoy lollipops and there are theories that say it is possible that prehistoric men and women used sticks, fruit, and honey to create food similar to lollipops. On National Lollipop Day, many people share photos of lollipops with the hashtag #nationallollipopday. While lollipops aren’t known for having health benefits are often considered a sugary treat, there are plenty of herbal lollipops that are used for medicinal purposes There are even diet lollipops that have been sold for the purpose of promoting and encouraging weight loss. Would you let a few empty calories stop you from enjoying National Lollipop Day?

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From young to old and in between, everyone is sharing lollipop selfies for National Lollipop Day. There isn’t much that needs to be done in order to celebrate National Lollipop Day. All you need to do is get a lollipop and share photos of yourself indulging in this treat. If you are worried about the health consequences, opt for herbal, Ayurvedic lollipops. Check out some of the lollipop selfies that are being shared on social media networks.

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Maybe this isn’t exactly a common, lollipop selfie, but it certainly is an awesome picture.

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Still, when it comes to celebrating National Lollipop Day, there is no one or nothing that outshines America’s little princess Shirley Temple. Her outfit in Bright Eyes has become a standard costume, and many little girls will dress as Shirley Temple on Halloween, equipped with the necessary large, rainbow swirl pop.

In all fairness, Shirley Temple isn’t the only American icon associated with lollipops. Who could forget the Lullaby League and the Lollipop Guild from the classic 1939 film The Wizard of Oz? The iconic Munchkins scrunched their faces and kicked their feet while the munchkin in the middle held on to his lollipop.

The Lollipop Guild welcomed Dorothy to the wonderful land of Oz, and who wouldn’t be excited to be greeted by a bunch of little people carrying giant lollipops?

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Do you agree that Shirley Temple rules National Lollipop Day or do you have another American icon that you associate with lollipops? Are you going to celebrate National Lollipop Day by indulging in lollipops, sharing them with others or posting a lollipop selfie? How will you celebrate National Lollipop Day?

[Photo by Marty Lederhandler/AP Images]