|The picture below shows views of both sides of all (3) Old Cracker Jack Pop Corn Confection Pot Metal or Lead Miniature Toy Prize United States Army Machine Gunner Soldier Figuress in this lot. These are Soldiers seated and firing their machine guns. The right one is missing his gun. These look like World War I or II Dough Boy Soldiers. All of these have original paint: green, blue, and gray paint. These are early Servicemen Cracker Jack box prizes. They may have others in different small playsets. They are marked “MADE IN U.S.A.” on the gun barrels The Cracker Jack prize ID number for these is: A-0058.|
Many of the pot metal or lead prizes were manufactured by the Tootsietoy Company of Chicago, Illinois. There were other companies, including from Japan prior to World War II. Some of these type prizes were made specifically for Cracker Jack, while others were made as novelties, bought in volume, and used as prizes by The Cracker Jack Company. Pot metal or lead prizes were some of the earliest prizes that were used in Cracker Jack boxes from the 1910s to the late 1940s. Many of these type prizes or novelties were also sold out of old Johnson Smith & Company catalog as well as some other early novelty catalogs, also used in fortune telling sets, and some were also sold and used as board game parts. Many of these can be found factory painted, inked, or with no finish at all.
All three of these for one price! To judge the sizes, the blue Soldier figure measures about 1-5/8'' x 7/8'' x 7/16''. Two appear to be in very good to excellent condition. The third one is missing the gun as pictured.