Salon.com People | Not enough nuts? Only once did the company have a complaint about his prizes. In the late ’40s, some adults thought his plastic sea captain looked like Joseph Stalin. According to Jaramillo, “Rabid anti-Communists … believed Cracker Jack was being used to propagandize the youth of America.” The company withdrew the figure from circulation. Of course Joyce owns a sea captain, worth about $20.

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Rabid anti-communist nuts never die, they just look for a new demon to vilify. I think this example underlines the state of paranoia that existed (and is trying to be recreated with China) at the time.

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