Wednesday, 24 October 2012


Tom Smith came up with the idea for Christmas crackers in 1847, seven years after a trip to Paris, where he had seen the French "Bon-Bon", a sugared almond wrapped in a twist of paper.  He used the idea, adding a love motto to his version and then, after being inspired by the "cracking" noise of logs on his fire, came up with the "snap".
The cracker began to evolve and grow in popularity and Smith's business moved to larger premises in Finsbury Square, London. Later on, his sons Tom, Walter and Henry took over the business after his death and a drinking fountain was erected in Finsbury Square to commemorate the man who had invented the cracker.
Walter later introduced the paper hat in the cracker and scoured the world for unusual (and small!) gifts to include inside.
The company created crackers for the Suffragettes, Charlie Chaplin, the Coronation and war heroes. 
Crackers were also made for the Royal Family and still are to the present day.

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