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Object ID 000945

Object Name Electric Jack Straws

Object Desc Cardboard box containing Jim Prentice Electric Jack Straws game.

Collection General Collection

Accession # CMY000853a-g

Alternate ID

General Category History

Category Toys


Source Category Found In Collection

Accession Date JAN 1,1991


Location Room 1, Shelf 9

Object Date 1950

Start Year Range

End Year Range

Status On-Site Collection Storage

Object Keywords jack straws,games,toys,Electric Game Co.,

Title Electric Jack Straws

Description Cardboard box with torn lid (853a-b) containing instruction card (c), and cardboard and metal electric jack straws game (d-h). Game consists of cardboard cylinder with metal bottom (d), cardboard insert (e) and removable lightbulb (f), metal lid with round holes and red plastic lightbulb cover (g), and metal tweezers attached to yellow wire (h). Six colored wooden jack straws are also in the box. To play the game a battery was installed and then player used tweezers to try to remove jack straws without touching metal lid edges. If contact was made the lightbulb would illuminate the red center.


Approx Collection Date

Height 4

Length 3.5

Width 0

Depth 3.5

Diameter 0

Circumference 0

Weight 0

Unit of Measure Inches/ounces

Dimension Details Above measurements are the box. Game itself is 3.5" at tallest point 3.5" in diameter, and has an 11" circumference. Tweezers are 2.5" long. Wire attached to tweezers is 14" long.

Quantity 1



Site Details

Place of Origin

Maker Electric Game Company

Maker Details James M. (Jim) Prentice began the company in around 1934 to produce an electric basketball game he had developed. He worked with his father George and uncle James in the early years. During WWII, the Electric Game Company manufactured 20,000 Army pup tents, 25,000 Navy bed rolls, Navy gas masks and small parts of the Navy’s five-inch gun. After the war the company resumed making electric games and toys.

Maker Mark


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Image Caption CMY853a-g



Date SEP 11,2013

Summary Fair

Assessor Molly Hannan

Notes Box has torn lid and damage to edges. Instruction card is folded. Wire and tweezers were originally attached to game and are no longer connected. There are six jack straws inside, but assume game originally had more of these.


Date JAN 7,2014

Summary Location change

Notes Location changed to Room 1, Shelf 15 from Cabinet 1 - automatic entry by admin

Date JUN 12,2014

Summary Location change

Notes Location changed to Room 1, Shelf 9 from Room 1, Shelf 15 - automatic entry by admin