Sunday, April 29, 2012

Antique Cracker Jack Prizes

At a recent antique show, one of the dealers had a little box full of tiny charms and Cracker Jack prizes dating from the late 1900s through the early 1930s. I selected several, including a teeny tiny cup and saucer, a wee little frozen charlotte doll, a miniature horse pulling a wagon, and a little figure of a comical photographer. Whenever I find things like this, I'm always amazed at their survival. Imagine how many similar items were lost over the past 100 years to vacuums or cracks in the floorboards!

The tiny cup is just .5 inches across, and the doll is 1 inch tall.

This funny photographer was my favorite prize in the bunch.

A little soldier on horseback still retained some of his original color.


  1. Seriously, these were from Cracker Jacks? Why do I find that depressing? That's not what I get in a box of Cracker Jacks now...not even close. The tooth-rotting candy part is still pretty good though.

  2. Oh, I know! Every once in awhile I still buy a box of Cracker Jacks, hoping there'll be something fabulous inside. But really, they should change the slogan from "Prize Inside!" to "Disappointment Inside."