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Crackerjack Fire Hose Hatchet

Posted: Fri Oct 25, 2013 11:51 am
by Luke
Fellow CJCA member, Doug B., send me this picture hoping to find out more info, and if it had anything to do with Cracker Jack.

The hatchet measures about 12" long, made of rubber, and I believe he said the handle was fiberglass (I could be wrong about that). One side of the handle says "CRACKERJACK FIRE HOSE" the other side says "THE AMERICAN RUBBER MFG. CO." See image below.
My initial thoughts was that it had no affiliation with Cracker Jack, as "CRACKERJACK" is spelled as one word on the handle.

A Google search showed similar hatchets sold on eBay and another auction house, the description on those auctions said it was a advertising giveaway from the American Rubber Company.

Doing a little more research I found a November 1938 pamphlet "Kansas Municipalities", that says they were given away as souvenirs by the American Rubber Manufacturing Company and that it's best brand of fire hose is the Crackerjack. See image below.
If anyone has seen this before or have more info, please share.

Re: Crackerjack Fire Hose Hatchet

Posted: Sat Oct 26, 2013 12:30 pm
by dianep2
Very interesting, Luke. Thank you for your research.