|The picture below shows larger views of both sides of all (3) Old Cracker Jack Pop Corn Confection Miniature Pot Metal or Lead Toy Tow Trucks in this lot. These early tow truck prizes are not dated but they are believed to be from the 1930s. These have a few old Cracker Jack Company ID numbers including: A-0004 and Z-0636. They are believed to be from The Tootsietoy Company and The Cosmo Manufacturing Company, both of Chicago, Illinois. These tow trucks are painted in silver, blue, and green. These are the smaller size version of this prize.|
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 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! These miniature tow truck prizes measure about 1-1/8'' x 3/8'' x 5/16''. These appear to range from excellent to mint condition as pictured.