|The picture below shows a larger view of all (25) Matching Old Cracker Jack Pop Corn Confection Miniature Pot Metal or Lead Toy Prize Military Airplanes in this lot. Four planes at the top right were flipped over to show the bottoms, with stars on each of the wings. These planes are not dated but they are believed to be from the 1940s during World War II. These were all acquired from a family of an older former Cracker Jack Company employee. The Cracker Jack ID number for these, if there is one, is unknown at this time. They may have been made by The Tootsietoy Company, of Chicago, Illinois. These have no paint or ink finish on them.|
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.
These airplanes each measure about 7/8'' x 7/8'' x 1/4''. They all appear to be in mint condition as pictured.