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Cracker Collection

"Unwrapping the Festive Delight

Background imageCracker Collection: Christmas Crackers 1907

Christmas Crackers 1907
Tom Smith Christmas crackers Louis Wains Cats 1907 Date: 1907

Background imageCracker Collection: Overtime at a Christmas cracker factory by William Heath Rob

Overtime at a Christmas cracker factory by William Heath Rob
Colour illustration by William Heath Robinson depicting one of his usual contraptions designed to solve the increase in demand for Christmas crackers during the forthcoming festive season

Background imageCracker Collection: Nutcracker outside store in Old Town, Frankfurt, Germany

Nutcracker outside store in Old Town, Frankfurt, Germany

Background imageCracker Collection: A box of Christmas Eve crackers

A box of Christmas Eve crackers
A lovely box of Christmas crackers from the 1920s, with the contents intact and the box lid featuring a bright and jolly picture of Father Christmas being helped to cross the road by a policeman

Background imageCracker Collection: Christmas cracker box label

Christmas cracker box label
Label for a box of Batgers crackers depicting three performing monkeys, one balancing with a parasol, another playing the ukelele and a third banginga drum

Background imageCracker Collection: G Sparagnapane Christmas crackers

G Sparagnapane Christmas crackers
Catalogue cover for G Sparagnapane and Co, ornamental confectioners and manufacturers of Christmas crackers

Background imageCracker Collection: Christmas cracker box label

Christmas cracker box label
Label for a box of Batgers Christmas crackers featuring a lady jester in a colourful costume waving a bunch of balloons

Background imageCracker Collection: Christmas crackers box label

Christmas crackers box label
Label for a box of Batgers Carnival crackers featuring a couple in fancy dress, he dressed as Harlequin, playing a ukelele and a banjo

Background imageCracker Collection: Boy and girl in paper hats pull a cracker at the party table Date: circa 1929

Boy and girl in paper hats pull a cracker at the party table Date: circa 1929

Background imageCracker Collection: Label design, Tom Smiths Christmas Crackers

Label design, Tom Smiths Christmas Crackers. circa 1900

Background imageCracker Collection: Illustration by Cecil Aldin, end of a perfect day

Illustration by Cecil Aldin, end of a perfect day
Illustration by Cecil Aldin -- Cracker the bull terrier at the end of a perfect day, having organised a successful dog show. Date: 1927

Background imageCracker Collection: Sketches of a bull terrier by Cecil Aldin

Sketches of a bull terrier by Cecil Aldin
Two sketches of a bull terrier by Cecil Aldin -- probably his own dog, Cracker. Date: 1939

Background imageCracker Collection: Pretzels, Stuttgart

Pretzels, Stuttgart, Baden Wurttemberg, Germany, Europe

Background imageCracker Collection: Cracker Advertisement

Cracker Advertisement
Father Christmas Advertising Tom Smiths crackers

Background imageCracker Collection: Illustration by Cecil Aldin, Cracker and Bogie

Illustration by Cecil Aldin, Cracker and Bogie
Illustration by Cecil Aldin, Cracker subjecting a small dog called Bogie to a nightly ordeal, holding her collar in his mouth and dragging her round the lawn on her back. Date: 1927

Background imageCracker Collection: Christmas Crackers

Christmas Crackers
Hovells Parlour Games Christmas Crackers, 1888 Date: 1888

Background imageCracker Collection: Batgers Musical Party Crackers

Batgers Musical Party Crackers
A group enjoy a party game where everyone is given a whistle and one person, wearing a rather silly party hat, stands up and conducts

Background imageCracker Collection: Batgers Crackers

Batgers Crackers
A girl in a yellow party frock and matching hat slides down a staircase on a tea tray while a motley group of revellers in fancy dress cheer her on

Background imageCracker Collection: Batgers Queen of the Party Cracker

Batgers Queen of the Party Cracker
Colour illustration taken from a Christmas cracker box

Background imageCracker Collection: Batgers Artist Crackers

Batgers Artist Crackers
A colour illustration from a Christmas cracker box

Background imageCracker Collection: Robins and Crackers

Robins and Crackers
Two robins pull a cracker - a very early Christmas card

Background imageCracker Collection: G Sparagnapane Christmas crackers

G Sparagnapane Christmas crackers
Catalogue for G Sparagnapane Christmas crackers, who claim to be the oldest manufacturer in the United Kingdom

Background imageCracker Collection: Christmas cracker box label by Barribal

Christmas cracker box label by Barribal
Label for a box of Christmas crackers featuring a design by the artist William Barribal. Typical of the artist, it shows a sensual looking flapper girl posing in a party dress while seated on a bench

Background imageCracker Collection: Batgers Viking Crackers

Batgers Viking Crackers
A colour illustration from a Christmas cracker box

Background imageCracker Collection: Soldier's round Hardtack or Sea biscuit

Soldier's round Hardtack or Sea biscuit
3029060 Soldier's round Hardtack or Sea biscuit; Private Collection; (add.info.: Soldier's round Hardtack or Sea biscuit from Fort McHenry in Baltimore Harbor, 1862.); © Don Troiani

Background imageCracker Collection: An engraving depicting the making of crackers at C. T. Brock & Co's firework factory

An engraving depicting the making of crackers at C. T. Brock & Co's firework factory, South Norwood, 19th century
5311142 An engraving depicting the making of crackers at C. T. Brock & Co's firework factory, South Norwood, 19th century; (add.info.: Date: 1891); Universal History Archive/UIG

Background imageCracker Collection: An engraving depicting the making of Catherine wheels at C. T

An engraving depicting the making of Catherine wheels at C. T. Brock & Co's firework factory, South Norwood
5311143 An engraving depicting the making of Catherine wheels at C. T. Brock & Co's firework factory, South Norwood, 19th century; (add.info.: Date: 1891); Universal History Archive/UIG

Background imageCracker Collection: US Army hardtack biscuit box dated 1863

US Army hardtack biscuit box dated 1863
3028907 US Army hardtack biscuit box dated 1863; Private Collection; (add.info.: US Army hardtack biscuit box dated 1863); © Don Troiani. All Rights Reserved 2022

Background imageCracker Collection: Large soldier's hardtack cracker

Large soldier's hardtack cracker
3029058 Large soldier's hardtack cracker; Private Collection; (add.info.: Large soldier's hardtack cracker); © Don Troiani. All Rights Reserved 2022

Background imageCracker Collection: Medium sized hardtack biscuit brought home by a Union soldier

Medium sized hardtack biscuit brought home by a Union soldier
3029266 Medium sized hardtack biscuit brought home by a Union soldier; Private Collection; (add.info.: United States Civil War)

Background imageCracker Collection: Large Union soldier's hardtack biscuit

Large Union soldier's hardtack biscuit
3028985 Large Union soldier's hardtack biscuit; Private Collection; (add.info.: Large Union soldier's hardtack biscuit); © Don Troiani. All Rights Reserved 2022

Background imageCracker Collection: Tea with honey

Tea with honey
Tatyana Skorokhod

Background imageCracker Collection: No.12

No.12
ADIREK M

Background imageCracker Collection: 97 year olds Alison Lewis and Elizabeth Llewellyn pulling a cracker November

97 year olds Alison Lewis and Elizabeth Llewellyn pulling a cracker November 1994

Background imageCracker Collection: Asia, Southeast Asia, Vietnam, Hoi An. Vietnamese food

Asia, Southeast Asia, Vietnam, Hoi An. Vietnamese food

Background imageCracker Collection: WW2 - Jack Warner Comic Strip

WW2 - Jack Warner Comic Strip
An illustrated wartime comic strip page for Jack Warner The Witty Wireless Wise Cracker. Date: 1942

Background imageCracker Collection: Caley Crackers, Norwich

Caley Crackers, Norwich - Coming To Your Town Date: 1950s

Background imageCracker Collection: Children in fancy dress pulling a Christmas cracker

Children in fancy dress pulling a Christmas cracker Date: 1940s

Background imageCracker Collection: Its A Cracker

Its A Cracker Racehorse 28 March 1993 Date: 28 March 1993

Background imageCracker Collection: DOG. Collie x and other cross breed, holding/ pulling a Christmas cracker, studio, white background

DOG. Collie x and other cross breed, holding/ pulling a Christmas cracker, studio, white background

Background imageCracker Collection: A Christmas Victorian Paper Scrap Relief of Father Christmas with toys falling out of his

A Christmas Victorian Paper Scrap Relief of Father Christmas with toys falling out of his
3605530 A Christmas Victorian Paper Scrap Relief of Father Christmas with toys falling out of his basket, c.1880 (colour litho) by English School

Background imageCracker Collection: Merry Greeting Christmas card (chromolitho)

Merry Greeting Christmas card (chromolitho)
731657 Merry Greeting Christmas card (chromolitho) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Merry Greeting Christmas card)

Background imageCracker Collection: Nothing In It (colour litho)

Nothing In It (colour litho)
730612 Nothing In It (colour litho) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Nothing In It. Lithograph illustration fom the picture by Weedon Grossmith)

Background imageCracker Collection: The Tug of War (colour litho)

The Tug of War (colour litho)
668654 The Tug of War (colour litho) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: The Tug of War. Illustration published in The Graphic Christmas Number)

Background imageCracker Collection: Original Artwork - Girl with box of Christmas crackers

Original Artwork - Girl with box of Christmas crackers
Original Artwork - Design for a postcard, featuring a girl in a yellow dress holding a box of Christmas crackers. Date: circa 1937

Background imageCracker Collection: Original Artwork - Christmas Cracker packaging design

Original Artwork - Christmas Cracker packaging design
Original Artwork - Painted design for advertising/packaging for C.W.S. Christmas Crackers, with the crackers coming to life and wandering away! Date: circa 1937

Background imageCracker Collection: Christmas place marker - Dutch boy with large cracker

Christmas place marker - Dutch boy with large cracker
Christmas place marker - Little Dutch boy in traditional costume, holding a large cracker. Date: circa 1937

Background imageCracker Collection: Artwork suggestion for Party Tableware - Two Christmas Mice

Artwork suggestion for Party Tableware - Two Christmas Mice
Artwork suggestion for Party Tableware - serviette ring place cards designed for paper serviettes (or crackers) - Two Christmas Mice. Date: circa 1937



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"Unwrapping the Festive Delight: Exploring the World of Christmas Crackers" Step into a world filled with merriment and surprises as we delve into the enchanting realm of Christmas crackers. From William Heath Rob's depiction of overtime at a Christmas cracker factory to the vibrant scene captured in "Christmas Crackers 1907, " these images transport us to an era where craftsmanship and holiday cheer intertwined. In Old Town, Frankfurt, Germany, a Nutcracker stands proudly outside a store, symbolizing both tradition and whimsy. Its presence reminds us that cracking open these delightful treasures is not only about reveling in their contents but also embracing the magic they bring to our celebrations. A box of Christmas Eve crackers awaits its grand unveiling – anticipation fills the air as loved ones gather around, eagerly awaiting their turn. The label on each box tells tales of joyous moments shared during this festive season; G Sparagnapane's creation captures hearts with its intricate design while Batgers Musical Party Crackers promise harmonious melodies amidst laughter-filled gatherings. Robins flutter among stacks of crackers, adding a touch of nature's beauty to this cherished tradition. Tom Smiths' label design transports us back in time when his name became synonymous with quality and innovation within this beloved industry. Beyond traditional fare lies Stuttgart's pretzels – an unexpected twist on festivities. These savory treats remind us that diversity enhances our celebrations by blending different cultures together. Advertisements for crackers entice us further into this captivating world. They showcase how manufacturers strive to create unforgettable experiences through clever packaging and enticing promises – all aimed at making our holidays truly memorable. As we immerse ourselves in the wonders hidden within each cracker, let us remember that it is not merely about what lies inside but rather the joyous moments shared while pulling them apart. So gather your loved ones close, embrace these small yet significant delights, and let them ignite your holiday spirit with their enchanting surprises.