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Crackerjacks and Those
Wonderful Prizes
Jim Trautman
Even though Cracker Jack the caramel coated popcorn and peanuts treat has been around for over 100 years the prizes did not appear until 1912. The original business would have to have commenced in 1872 by William Brinkmeyer a popcorn and candy manufacturer. The business was then purchased by Francis William Rueckheim. He brought his brother Lewis into the business as a partner and the firm was named F. W. Rueckheim and Brother. The big event that started the business onto success was the World's Fair of 1893 in Chicago - the Columbian Exposition. World's Fairs were becoming famous for introducing new products to the buying public. From ice cream, ice cream cones, hot dogs and in 1893 a caramel coated popcorn, peanuts and molasses kernel product. At first it did not have a name, but the millions that attended the Columbian Exposition in Chicago, love it. In fact one of the slogans came from..... Read more on Cracker Jack prizes...
PEZ: More Than Candy in a Box Tony Shaman What do Austria, Seinfeld, E,T., Connecticut, Walt Disney and the creator of eBay have in common? The question may be a bit of a stretch so I'll let you in on the answer: Pez dispensers.

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By Marnie Andrews

What did Oscar Wilde, Collette, Empress Eugene of France and King Fraud of Egypt all have in common? What set a record price of $258,500 at Sotheby's back in the 90's but the sharp eyed collector can still find at flea markets for less than $100?
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The History of Coca-Cola Helen Nash

The product that has given the world its best-known taste and led to a memorabilia craze was born in Atlanta, Georgia, on May 8, 1886. Dr. John Stith Pemberton, a local pharmacist, produced the syrup for Coca ColaŽ and carried a jug of the new product down the street to Jacobs' Pharmacy, where it was placed on sale for 5 cents a glass at the soda fountain. Carbonated water was added to produce a drink that was at once "Delicious and Refreshing," a theme that continues to echo today wherever Coca Cola is enjoyed...
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Weighing The Way Tony Shaman

The truism that "the only constant is change itself" applies not only to individuals but also to organizations. Change spares no one - including post offices.

Before 1851, letters sent through the mail were charged by the number of sheets it contained and the distance it travelled. For example, a letter consisting of one sheet of paper was charged the single rate; a double letter, that is two sheets, was charged double the single rate, a treble letter, was charged three times the single rate, and so on. In other words, each additional sheet of paper increased the charge by one rate.
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