C. Carey Cloud
created the Metal Litho Piano
for Cracker Jack
out of scrap metal.
discovered that Ball Brothers,
maker of home canning lids, had tons of scrap two-inch metal discs. Buying
the scrap metal for only $25 per ton for his toys, he was able to make over
eighty million toys for Cracker Jack
When Ball Brothers discovered that he was making toys from the scrap metal, they raised the price to $125 per ton, and
that was the end of his metal toys.
Carey Cloud used the same shape for two other tin prizes (shown below), the Metal Litho Cabinet, and the Metal Litho Typewriter.
Other toys he made from the scrap metal were...