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What are Christmas Crackers?

What are Christmas Crackers?

In 1847, almost by accident, Tom Smith invented the cracker. It was a simple idea which became an integral part of British celebration and tradition which still continues today, 150 years on. …
How Christmas Crackers Were Invented

How Christmas Crackers Were Invented

It was the 'crackling' sound a log makes when throwing it onto a fire that gave Tom Smith the inspiration for the 'crackle' or 'pop' sound Crackers are known for. A ' crackle' would add the necessary …
How Christmas Crackers Have Evolved

How Christmas Crackers Have Evolved

At the turn of the Century the demand for crackers and especially those which celebrated current trends and events, was high. After Tom Smith's death, his three sons set about developing the cracker d …
Tom Smith from 1847 to the Millennium

Tom Smith from 1847 to the Millennium

Tom Smith, owned by Brite Sparks in Wales, now exports crackers worldwide to 34 countries including the USA, Australia, South Africa, Hong Kong and Japan. Although much of the work in making crackers …
Variety of Tom Smith Designs

Variety of Tom Smith Designs

Tom Smith made wonderful crackers. In the early days there was an extremely large variety of specialist boxes including Wedgwood Art Crackers from original designs by permission of Josiah Wedgwo …