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Laugh-In Lunch Box

Collected for nmah:
Smithsonian Institution
Maker:
Aladdin
Physical Description:
metal (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 8 1/4 in x 8 in x 4 in; 20.955 cm x 20.32 cm x 10.16 cm
Object Name:
lunch box
Date made:
1969
Subject:
Family & Social Life
Lunch Boxes
Popular Entertainment
Depicted:
Allen Woodall and Sean Brickell. Illustrated Encyclopedia of Metal Lunch Boxes
ID Number:
1988.3160.36
Nonaccession number:
1988.3160
Catalog number:
1988.3160.36
Description (Brief):
This metal lunch box was manufactured by Aladdin Industries in 1969. The lunch boxes features imagery from the popular TV comedy show, Laugh-In. Laugh-In was a sketch comedy variety show that originally ran from 1968-1973 on NBC.
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Peter Pan Lunch Box

Maker:
Aladdin
Physical Description:
steel (overall material)
plastic (handle material)
Measurements:
overall: 21 cm x 19 cm x 9.5 cm; 8 1/4 in x 7 1/2 in x 3 3/4 in
Object Name:
lunch box
Date made:
1969
Subject:
Family & Social Life
Lunch Boxes
Popular Entertainment
ID Number:
2003.3070.12.01
Nonaccession number:
2003.3070
Catalog number:
2003.3070.12.01
Description (Brief):
This steel lunch box was made by Aladdin in 1969. It has a metal clasp for hinged lid and collapsible white plastic handle. The lunch box features images from Walt Disney’s Peter Pan, made in 1953. One side shows Peter crossing swords with Captain Hook, rescuing Wendy Darling from his evil grasps. The other side shows Peter flying around the island of Neverland with Wendy, John, and Michael Darling.
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Roy Rogers Chow Wagon Lunch Box

Maker:
King Seeley Thermos
Physical Description:
metal (overall material)
plastic (handle material)
Measurements:
overall: 23 cm x 13 cm x 19 cm; 9 1/16 in x 5 1/8 in x 7 1/2 in
Object Name:
lunch box
Date made:
1958
Subject:
Lunch Boxes
Popular Entertainment
Family & Social Life
ID Number:
2004.3009.31.01
Nonaccession number:
2004.3009
Catalog number:
2004.3009.31.01
Description (Brief):
This metal lunch box was made by Thermos in 1958. The box has two silver metal snaps for a hinged lid. The box is in the shape of a Ponderosa wagon and has an image of Roy Rogers on the front and back and Dale Evans depicted on the sides. The box is entitle “Roy Rogers Dale Evans RR Chow Wagon.”
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Roy Rogers and Dale Evans Lunch Box

Depicted:
Rogers, Roy
Evans, Dale
Maker:
American Thermos Bottle Company
Physical Description:
tin (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 23 cm x 19 cm x 10 cm; 9 1/16 in x 7 1/2 in x 3 15/16 in
Object Name:
lunch box
Date made:
1954
Subject:
Family & Social Life
Lunch Boxes
Popular Entertainment
ID Number:
2001.3099.07.01
Nonaccession number:
2001.3099
Catalog number:
2001.3099.07.01
Description (Brief):
This metal lunch box was manufactured by Thermos in 1954, and it came with an aluminum thermos. This Roy Rogers and Dale Evans lunch box features an image on front lid of Dale in a red dress, greeting Roy on his horse Trigger at gate of the "DOUBLE R BAR RANCH". The back has a wood grain print with "RR" brand and name for box owner on the back, 2 vent slots. This was one Thermos’s first entries into the market of licensed lunch boxes, as a response to Aladdin’s Hopalong Cassidy box.
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Space Shuttle Orbiter Enterprise Lunch Box

Collected for nmah:
Smithsonian Institution
Maker:
Thermos
Physical Description:
metal (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 7 1/4 in x 8 3/4 in x 4 in; 18.415 cm x 22.225 cm x 10.16 cm
Object Name:
lunch box
Date made:
1979
Subject:
Family & Social Life
Lunch Boxes
Popular Entertainment
Depicted:
Allen Woodall and Sean Brickell. Illustrated Encyclopedia of Metal Lunch Boxes
ID Number:
1988.3160.35
Catalog number:
1988.3160.35
Nonaccession number:
1988.3160
Description (Brief):
This metal lunch box was manufactured by Thermos in 1979. The box features imagery of the Space Shuttle Orbiter Enterprise. The Space Shuttle Orbiter Enterprise was the first shuttle that NASA built, but it never went to space. Instead it was used for approach and landing tests. The shuttle was originally going to be named the Constitution, but fans of the TV series Star Trek staged a write-in campaign and the shuttle was renamed after the show’s USS Enterprise NCC-1701. The shuttle now resides at the National Air and Space Museum's Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center.
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Hopalong Cassidy Lunch Box

Maker:
Aladdin
Physical Description:
tin (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 21 cm x 19 cm x 9 cm; 8 1/4 in x 7 1/2 in x 3 9/16 in
Object Name:
lunch box
Date made:
1950
Subject:
Family & Social Life
Lunch Boxes
Popular Entertainment
ID Number:
2001.3101.08.01
Nonaccession number:
2001.3101
Catalog number:
2001.3101.08.01
Description (Brief):
This tin lunch box was made by Aladdin Industries in 1950. The Hopalong Cassidy box has a metal snap for a hinged lid and a collapsible, metal handle. It was the first lunch box to bear a licensed image, and helped Aladdin Industries launch a new product line that would last for decades. Hopalong Cassidy was a TV, radio, and comic series in the 1950s, and the frenzy for Hopalong Cassidy merchandise led to more than 100 companies manufacturing more than $70 million dollars worth of Hopalong Cassidy products.
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Disney School Bus Dome Lunch Box

Referenced:
Walt Disney Company
Maker:
Aladdin
Physical Description:
tin (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 23 cm x 19 cm x 13 cm; 9 1/16 in x 7 1/2 in x 5 1/8 in
Object Name:
lunch box
Date made:
1961
Subject:
Family & Social Life
Lunch Boxes
Popular Entertainment
ID Number:
2001.3101.15.01
Nonaccession number:
2001.3101
Catalog number:
2001.3101.15.01
Description (Brief):
This domed, tin lunch box was made by Aladdin Industries in 1961. It has two metal snaps for a hinged lid and a collapsible, yellow plastic handle. The box is in the shape of a school bus , and colorful portraits of Disney characters like Minnie, Mickey, Goofy, Pinocchio, and Huey, Dewey, and Louie Duck line the windows of the bus. Its eye-catching appearance made it the most popular lunch box ever, selling over 9 million units.
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Super Friends Lunch Box

Maker:
Aladdin
Physical Description:
steel (overall material)
plastic (handle material)
Measurements:
overall: 21 cm x 19 cm x 9.5 cm; 8 1/4 in x 7 1/2 in x 3 3/4 in
Object Name:
lunch box
Date made:
1977
Subject:
Family & Social Life
Lunch Boxes
Popular Entertainment
ID Number:
2003.3070.16
Accession number:
2003.3070
Catalog number:
2003.3070.16
Description (Brief):
This steel lunch box was manufactured by Aladdin in 1977. It has a metal snap for its hinged lid and collapsible lavender plastic handle. The lunch box features images from Super Friends, a cartoon that ran from 1973-1986 on ABC featuring DC Comic’s superheroes. The lid of the box features action images of Superman, Wonder Woman, and Batman & Robin. The back has action shots of Flash, Batgirl, and the Green Arrow. One side has Batman, Robin, and Supergirl, while the other side features the Batman villains, Riddler, Catwoman, and the Joker.
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The Brady Bunch Lunch Box

Maker:
King Seeley Thermos
Physical Description:
metal (overall material)
plastic (handle material)
Measurements:
overall: 22.5 cm x 11 cm x 19 cm; 8 7/8 in x 4 5/16 in x 7 1/2 in
Object Name:
lunch box
Date made:
1970
Subject:
Lunch Boxes
Popular Entertainment
Family & Social Life
ID Number:
2004.3009.28
Nonaccession number:
2004.3009
Catalog number:
2004.3009.28
Description (Brief):
This metal lunch box was made by Thermos in 1970. The box has a hinged lid with one silver metal snap and a collapsible red, plastic handle. The box features animated scenes of the The Brady Bunch, with the boys and girls each having a side of the box, and an image of their parents marriage with them on either side on the lid. The Brady Bunch ran from 1969-1974 on ABC, but ran in syndication from 1975 onward, becoming ingrained in American pop culture.
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Marvel Comic's Super Heroes Lunch Box

Maker:
Aladdin
Physical Description:
steel (overall material)
plastic (handle material)
Measurements:
overall: 21 cm x 19 cm x 9.5 cm; 8 1/4 in x 7 1/2 in x 3 3/4 in
Object Name:
lunch box
Date made:
1976
Subject:
Family & Social Life
Lunch Boxes
Popular Entertainment
ID Number:
2003.3070.11.01
Nonaccession number:
2003.3070
Catalog number:
2003.3070.11.01
Description (Brief):
This steel lunch box was made by Aladdin in 1976. It has a metal snap for hinged lid and collapsible black plastic handle. The box features a collection of Marvel superheroes. The lid shows the Fantastic Four, while the back has images of Thor, Spider-Man, and Captain America. One side shows three images of Bruce Banner in the act of transforming into the Hulk, while the other side shows Daredevil, the Scarlet Witch, and Yellowjacket. The multitude of characters and colors made this a very popular box.
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Campus Queen Lunch Box

Maker:
King Seeley Thermos Company
Physical Description:
steel (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 23 cm x 19 cm x 19 cm; 9 1/16 in x 7 1/2 in x 7 1/2 in
Object Name:
lunch box
Date made:
1967
Subject:
Lunch Boxes
Popular Entertainment
Family & Social Life
ID Number:
2001.3087.13
Nonaccession number:
2001.3087
Catalog number:
2001.3087.13
Description (Brief):
This Campus Queen steel lunch box was manufactured by King Seeley Thermos Company in 1967. This Campus Queen lunch box features a magnetic game kit on the back, taking you from study hall to the prom, with stops at the Soda Fountain, Movies, and Beauty parlor. This lunch box also has the distinction of being featured in the music video for Cyndi Lauper’s 1984 number one hit, “Time After Time.”
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Exhibition:
Taking America To Lunch
Data Source:
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
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Tartan Dome Lunch Box

Maker:
American Thermos Products Co.
Physical Description:
steel (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 22 cm x 12 cm x 19 cm; 8 11/16 in x 4 3/4 in x 7 1/2 in
Object Name:
lunch box
Date made:
1958
Subject:
Lunch Boxes
Television
Family & Social Life
ID Number:
2001.3087.07
Nonaccession number:
2001.3087
Catalog number:
2001.3087.07
Description (Brief):
This domed, steel, lunch box was manufactured by Thermos in 1958. The lunch box has two metal snaps for a hinged lid and a collapsible red, plastic handle. The exterior design is a red, white and black tartan design.
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Exhibition:
Taking America To Lunch
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Kiss Lunch Box

Maker:
King Seeley Thermos
Physical Description:
metal (overall material)
plastic (part material)
Measurements:
overall: 22.5 cm x 10 cm x 19 cm; 8 7/8 in x 3 15/16 in x 7 1/2 in
Object Name:
lunch box
Date made:
1977
Subject:
Family & Social Life
Musicians
Lunch Boxes
Popular Entertainment
ID Number:
2004.3009.12.01
Nonaccession number:
2004.3009
Catalog number:
2004.3009.12.01
Description (Brief):
This metal lunch box was manufactured by Thermos in 1977. This box features images of the band Kiss. Kiss was well known for their flamboyant face paint and costumes, with its members Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, Ace Frehley, and Peter Criss taking on alternate personas. Stanley was the Starchild, Simmons the Demon, Frehley the Spaceman, and Criss the Catman.
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Exhibition:
Taking America To Lunch
Data Source:
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
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Superman Lunch Box

Maker:
Aladdin Industries
Physical Description:
tin (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 22 cm x 20 cm x 10 cm; 8 11/16 in x 7 7/8 in x 3 15/16 in
Object Name:
lunch box
Date made:
1978
Subject:
Superman
Food Culture
Family & Social Life
Lunch Boxes
Popular Entertainment
Television
ID Number:
2001.3087.26.01
Nonaccession number:
2001.3087
Catalog number:
2001.3087.26.01
Description (Brief):
This tin lunch box was manufactured by Aladdin Industries in 1978. Released on the heels of the 1978 Superman movie, this lunch box shows the Daily Planets newsroom on the back, featuring images of Clark Kent, Lois Lane, Perry White, and Jimmy Olsen. The other side shows an image of Superman flying high above Metropolis in all his costumed glory.
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The Waltons Lunch Box

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Maker:
Aladdin
Physical Description:
metal (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 8 1/4 in x 8 in x 4 in; 20.955 cm x 20.32 cm x 10.16 cm
Object Name:
lunch box
Date made:
1973
Subject:
Television
Family & Social Life
Lunch Boxes
Popular Entertainment
Depicted:
Allen Woodall and Sean Brickell. Illustrated Encyclopedia of Metal Lunch Boxes
ID Number:
1988.3160.44
Catalog number:
1988.3160.44
Nonaccession number:
1988.3160
Description (Brief):
This metal lunch box was manufactured by Aladdin Industries in 1973. The lunch box features imagery from the TV show The Waltons, which ran on CBS from 1972-1981. The Waltons was a huge hit, winning five Primetime Emmy’s in 1973, including the Emmy for Outstanding Drama.
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Dick Tracy Lunch Box

Collected for nmah:
Smithsonian Institution
Maker:
Aladdin
Physical Description:
metal (overall material)
paint, enamel (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 8 1/4 in x 8 in x 4 in; 20.955 cm x 20.32 cm x 10.16 cm
Object Name:
lunch box
Date made:
1967
Subject:
Lunch Boxes
Popular Entertainment
Television
Family & Social Life
Depicted:
Allen Woodall and Sean Brickell. Illustrated Encyclopedia of Metal Lunch Boxes
ID Number:
1988.3160.46
Nonaccession number:
1988.3160
Catalog number:
1988.3160.46
Description (Brief):
This metal lunch box was manufactured by Aladdin Industries in 1967. The lunch box features images from the cartoon serial, Dick Tracy. Dick Tracy is depicted speaking into his two-way wristwatch radio, a 1946 addition to the comic strip that became the Tracy’s signature device and captured the imagination of children everywhere.
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Robin Hood Lunch Box

Collected for nmah:
Smithsonian Institution
Maker:
Aladdin
Author:
Woodall
Physical Description:
metal (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 8 1/4 in x 8 in x 4 in; 20.955 cm x 20.32 cm x 10.16 cm
Object Name:
lunch box
Date made:
1956
Subject:
Lunch Boxes
Popular Entertainment
Television
Family & Social Life
Related Publication:
Allen Woodall and Sean Brickell. Illustrated Encyclopedia of Metal Lunch Boxes
ID Number:
1988.3160.60
Catalog number:
1988.3160.60
Nonaccession number:
1988.3160
Description (Brief):
This metal lunch box was manufactured by Aladdin Industries in 1956. The lunch box features imagery based on classic fairytale, Robin Hood. The images on this lunchbox seem to be drawn from the 1938 film, The Adventures of Robin Hood that starred Errol Flynn in the titular role and was nominated for four Academy Awards, including best picture.
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Wagon Train Lunch Box

Maker:
King Seeley Thermos Company
Physical Description:
steel (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 22 cm x 19 cm x 10 cm; 8 11/16 in x 7 1/2 in x 3 15/16 in
Object Name:
lunch box
Date made:
1964
Subject:
Television
Family & Social Life
Lunch Boxes
Popular Entertainment
Television
ID Number:
2001.3087.12
Nonaccession number:
2001.3087
Catalog number:
2001.3087.12
Description (Brief):
This steel lunch box was manufactured by Thermos in 1964. The lunch box has a metal snap for a hinged lid and a collapsible red, plastic handle. The lunch box features imagery from the television show Wagon Train, which ran from 1957-1962 on NBC and from 1962-1965 on ABC.
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Steve Canyon Lunch Box

Maker:
Aladdin
Physical Description:
plastic (handle material)
steel (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 21 cm x 19 cm x 9.5 cm; 8 1/4 in x 7 1/2 in x 3 3/4 in
Object Name:
lunch box
Date made:
1959
Subject:
Lunch Boxes
Popular Entertainment
Comics
Family & Social Life
ID Number:
2003.3070.15.01
Nonaccession number:
2003.3070
Catalog number:
2003.3070.15.01
Description (Brief):
This steel lunch box was manufactured by Aladdin Industries in 1959. This lunch box features images of Steve Canyon, which was created by Milton Caniff as a comic strip and ran from 1947-1988. Steve Canyon served as an Air Force pilot for much of the strip, and the lunch box has images of several Air Force airplanes on the exterior.
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The A-Team Lunch Box

Maker:
Thermos Company
Physical Description:
tin (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 23 cm x 19 cm x 10 cm; 9 1/16 in x 7 1/2 in x 3 15/16 in
Object Name:
lunch box
Date made:
1985
Subject:
Television
Family & Social Life
Lunch Boxes
Popular Entertainment
Television
ID Number:
2001.3087.36
Nonaccession number:
2001.3087
Catalog number:
2001.3087.36
Description (Brief):
This tin lunch box was manufactured by Thermos in 1985. This lunch box features the characters from the television series, The A-Team on the exterior. The A-Team ran from 1983-1987 on NBC, and the box shows some of the explosive action that The A-Team was known for.
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