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|The picture shows a view of this one of a kind 1960s Cracker Jack Prize Prototype Carving With (5) Drink Pal Snap Together Prizes. The carved wooden prototype is for a snap together plastic prize called a "Drink Pal". The prizes have hooked hands to hang on to your drinking glass. This one is of a police cop. Others in the set include: an Astronaut, a Fireman, a Cowboy, a Monkey and a Clown.|
I bought the carving from a dealer that purchased it from prize designer John (Wally) Walworth. The prize was designed by Wally Walworth and carved around 1965 by Carl Halstammer in Chicago for Gold Premium International Studios in New York. Carl passed away in 1974. I had become friends with Wally Walworth before he passed away on the last day of 1991.
The proto type carving is shown with the finished assembled and unassembled plastic put together prizes. These carvings are done and they are cut in half. The holes seen are for pegs to hold the two halves together. The designs were carved large and design details worked out. They are then reduced in side to make the plastic injection molds. This carving is made of basswood and is in excellent condition but does have one side of a hand missing. The other half of the hand was cracked but glued back in place. The prizes are in mint condition with (2) being unassembled and (3) being assembled. They are of various colors as pictured.
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