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Just saw the name "Akro Prizename" and had a flash of amused curiosity about that moment when the company managers decided to officially name them that.

Of course there was originally a contest where kids were supposed to come up with the name for the new corkscrew marbles.  So the boxes _said_ "prize name" on them because they were delivering the contest rules.  And then there was a winner of the contest, and the winning name was "Fire Opal".  

But somewhere along the way back in 1930, the Akro guys decided to make the writing on the box be the official name of the marble, and the contest winning name wasn't used ... at least not for corkscrews. 


Sooo ... I'm amused by whoever decided to name their marbles after their box.  
 

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And then there was the Charles Christensen scandal.  @bumblebee, do you still have a copy of that kinda sad, kinda cute news story?  

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On 10/29/2017 at 12:36 AM, Steph said:

And then there was the Charles Christensen scandal.  @bumblebee, do you still have a copy of that kinda sad, kinda cute news story?  

I don't! I fear I am not very organized. Can't remember the source either.

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Found :)   

The article says M. F. Christensen, but Martin had died in 1915, so this was his son Charles.  Other papers that ran some version of the story had other headlines, such as "Marble Man's Wife Playing 'For Keeps'".   So, anyway, you see what I mean by kinda sad, kinda cute.   

 

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