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Childhood Treasures - Cracker Jack


One of my favorite childhood memories is when my Dad bought me a box of Cracker Jack. The small box featured a sailor boy and his dog. I’d gaze at him for a time before I opened the box as I wanted to prolong the anticipation of the small surprise inside. Cracker Jacks were a double treasure; I eat the caramel popcorn as well as have the bonus of a tiny whistle or miniature comic book. The most frequent was a small top. I’d set it spinning and wonder why it didn’t fall over.

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Lew Gundy
Lew Gundy
Nov 12, 2023

Hey Mom, Do you suppose there is a connection with your dad's name a.k.a. Jack?

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Wilma Gundy
Wilma Gundy
Nov 12, 2023
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I don’t know. He definitely was a cracker “Jack”. I have thought he got the name from being in the navy in World War 1. I googled the question and sure enough sailor suits in WW1 were called cracker jacks because of the product which in 1916 began to show the sailor boy. Sailors began to call themselves Jack.


A lifelong riddle is solved!

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