The Art is Cracker Jack History by Decade Images

In our Cracker Jack by Decade section, we have digital collage images featured in each of the articles. Each collage consists of Cracker Jack prizes from the time period represented in the article. Some Cracker Jack prizes by themselves are, of course, pieces of art. At least, we think so.

Here is a quick rundown of the Cracker Jack prizes featured in each Cracker Jack by Decade collage graphic:

  • The Early Years: Features the Victorian Lady Tobacco pins or pinbacks. These pins were not only distributed as Cracker Jack prizes but also as tobacco premiums. The ones that were Cracker Jack usually had a label that said "Cracker Jack" as well as "Candied Popcorn & Roasted Peanuts" on the back of the pin.
  • 1910 - 1919: Features the tin lithograph "doughboy" soldier.
  • 1920 - 1929: Features the Angelus Marshmallow mirror with the celluloid angel and the tin lithograph carnival barker.
  • 1930 - 1939: Features several tin litho Cracker Jack prizes - the policeman, the red-white-blue fortune teller, and the blow-on-it to spin spinner top.
  • 1940 - 1949: This one has a couple of tin litho prizes and several plastic ones. Tin prizes include the clown figure and the tank. On the plastic side, there is a gray Native American chief, a yellow car racer, the red rabbit, red milkman and blue mailman.
  • 1950 - 1959: This collage includes one of are favorites--the desert diorama. Graphics of plastic Cracker Jack prizes have been added to the diorama--alien, spaceman, horse, Ker-Choo train and stop sign.
  • 1960 - 1969: This one has several Cracker Jack prizes from the 1960s including mini books, a put-together white globe, as well as bear and kangaroo rollers. 
  • 1970 - 1979: Features the paper and plastic pinball and maze prizes from that time period.