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When I was little Cracker Jack came in cardboard boxes and the prize inside was often pretty cool a whistle or a ringor some similar gadget This was also in the days when Oscar Mayer gave away tiny hot-dog-shaped whistles as promotionalitems In those days whistles were pretty popular Slidewhistles were a very common favor at birthday partiesI remember an older cousin came back from the army once and he had a really cool whistle that played several different notes It had come out of a box of cracker jacksMy supplier in those days was my grandfather who conveniently owned a liquor store My brother and sister played withmy cousins in canyons and caves made out of the corrugatedcardboard crates in the storeroom of beer and cigarettes Of allthe goods in the store the interesting ones were the freezerice cream the candy rack and the magazines Archie RichieRich The Avengers Fantastic Four The comics must havecome from a Marvel distributor rather than DC because Batmanand Superman were rarities Spiderman was ubiquitousCracker Jack was advertised as Americas favorite snack Therewere some drawbacks that were well-known to 10-year olds backthen First the pour spout was a fraud Push here to open wasa lie The box was not perforated there and it was difficult ifnot impossible for small fingers to puncture the cardboard Farmore effective was to peel away the outer wrapper and slip openthe box at a seam The other well-known bug was that all thepeanuts were always at the bottom The problem with the peanutsdidnt bother me however since I didnt care much for themI was in the store the other day and ran into Americasfavorite snack again The product hung in four-ounce bagsnear the bakery section of the supermarket Bags of CrackerJack The package coloring was the same the logo was still aboy in a sailor outfit accompanied by a dog Sailor Jack andBingo It was 99 cents and there was a surprise inside Didntit
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