|Cracker Jack Mary
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|'Cracker Jack Mary'
Mixed Media on Canvas
Finished sides, painting wraps around edges, needs no frame.
$75.00*SALE PRICE more than 50% 0ff original retail!*
|MINT or near perfect cracker jack charms
from the past 50 years, and a vintage image from the late 1800’s.
Wrapped edges, needs no frame and it’s ready to hang!
A Vintage Photo (from my personal collection of late 1800’s photos), real
vintage MINT cracker Jack toys, wired on…so yes they could be removed
later…the cracker jack toys span 50 years of toys produced by the
company. Hand cut tiles of black and white Plexiglas, flat marbles, oils,
handmade clay tile hearts, and metal powders.
The story of Cracker Jack Mary:
‘Cracker Jack Mary’ came about from meeting a really neat guy named
Manny at a tag sale, and another nice woman online, who gifted me with
her family photos one of which is in this assemblage. The Cracker Jack
Toys are authentic vintage toys that are all in mint condition, and wired on,
so if they were ever “harvested” for their individual value they could be
removed. There is at least one toy from the last 50 decades of Cracker
Jacks toys on this work. The portrait of the “Mary” came from a local
woman who gifted me her old family photo’s for art, she wanted to
contribute to my ability to continue working as a starving artist, but could
not afford to buy a work…so she gave me the supplies instead. I was very
inspired by her generous gift!
Manny sold me this little box full of Cracker Jack toys for a few dollars, at
his tag sale, telling me the whole time he could sell them for more on Ebay
each than what I was paying for all of them. To my surprise…he was
correct! I looked them up and one of the toys is a real rare one, made of
vellum and worth about 60.00 by itself! I had no idea they were even
collectible, but when I told him (while I haggled him down on his price of
8.00 each toy) that I wanted to use them for an art project, he handed them
all over for $8.00. So, thanks to Manny, and to the lovely lady that gifted me
with these wonderful items to help tell my story, in visual form.
The moral of this story?
Change is Good.
This is the quote that inspired me during the creation…
“It is the individual only who is timeless. Societies, cultures, and
civilizations; past and present are often incomprehensible to outsiders,
but the individual’s hungers, anxieties, dreams, and preoccupations have
remained unchanged through the millennia.”
~ Eric Hoferer (1902-1983)
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