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  • Writer's pictureLawrence Lore

Paris Bakery Offering Prizes 1936

On February 20, 1936 Paris Bakery announced it would give away ten prizes to ten lucky children. First prize was a new 1936 Silver King bicycle. It had an 18 ½ in frame, with 24- inch wheels and balloon tires. Additionally, this bike had a special bullet type headlight and an extra-large reflecting tail light.

The second prize was a large deluxe red Skippy Racer Coaster Wagon, 20” x 50" with 10 Inch rubber wheels complete with two powerful electric lamps. Third prize was a dark blue Racy Scooter with mud guards and foot brake. Fourth prize was an official softball glove and bat or a Shirley Temple Doll. Other prizes included a Boy Scout flash light or an 18- piece set of child’s aluminum dishes.

All a child had to do to win was cut out the word “Jumbo” printed in the center of each “Paris Jumbo” bread wrapper. The child with the greatest number of these names cut from the wrappers by March 30 would be the winner. In the advertisement there was a note to the parents. “Did you ever stop to realize just how much bread your growing child eats day after day?” If they didn’t before, I imagine they did after the contest began.

About a month later, on March 26, the leaders with the number of loaves were: James Cook 1100, Billy Leu Rogers 1063, Della Mae Foss 1030, Edwin Whitmer 898, John I Childress 837, Francis Wagner 752, Junior Walters 749 Tom Waggoner 640, Betty Jean Rice 548, Ralph E Phillips 548, Stanley Walters 540, Glenn Tiffany 460, Edwin Stevenson 371, Ira Cessna 340, Harvey Crouch 302.

Five days later, the winners had significantly increased their number of words from the bread wrappers. First Place James l Cook 2951 of Bridgeport; Second Place, Edwin L Whitmer 2759 of Porter Ave; Third Place Junior Walters 2589 of RR4; Fourth Place Della Mae Foss 2437 of RR1; Fifth Place Billy Lue Rogers 1745 of N 20th St; Sixth Place John L Childress 1404 of RR; Seventh Place Glenn Tiffany 1170 of RR3; Eighth Place Tom Waggoner 847 of S 13th St; Ninth Place Ralph E Phillipe 832 of Pinkstaff; Tenth Place Betty Jean Rice 753 of Jefferson St.

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