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Peter Pan Lunch Box

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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
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.
Location:
Currently not on view
ID Number:
2003.3070.12.01
Nonaccession number:
2003.3070
Catalog number:
2003.3070.12.01
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Mulan Lunch Box

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Maker:
Aladdin
Physical Description:
fabric (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 21 cm x 23.5 cm x 11 cm; 8 1/4 in x 9 1/4 in x 4 5/16 in
Object Name:
lunch box
Date made:
1990s
Date made:
1998
Description (Brief):
This insulated soft fabric lunch box was made by Aladdin in 1998. The lunch box has two green fabric carrying handles and green zipper for lid. There is a cartoon image of the character Mulan from Disney’s film Mulan on lid.
Location:
Currently not on view
ID Number:
2003.3070.29.01
Nonaccession number:
2003.3070
Catalog number:
2003.3070.29.01
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Happy Days Lunch Box

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Maker:
King Seeley Thermos
Physical Description:
metal (overall material)
plastic (snap material)
Measurements:
overall: 22 cm x 10 cm x 19 cm; 8 11/16 in x 3 15/16 in x 7 1/2 in
Object Name:
lunch box
Date made:
1976
Description (Brief):
This metal lunch box was manufactured by Thermos in 1976. The lunch box features the character of Arthur Fonzarelli, the “Fonz” from the television show Happy Days posing by his motorcycle on the front lid. Happy Days ran from 1974-1984 on ABC, with the Fonz as its breakout star. The Fonz became a cultural touchstone, with his trademark “Aaay!” and the turn of phrase “jumping the shark,” entering into the American lexicon.
Location:
Currently not on view
Subject:
Television
Television
ID Number:
2004.3009.07.01
Nonaccession number:
2004.3009
Catalog number:
2004.3009.07.01
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Data Source:
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Roy Rogers Chow Wagon Lunch Box

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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
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.”
Location:
Currently not on view
ID Number:
2004.3009.31.01
Nonaccession number:
2004.3009
Catalog number:
2004.3009.31.01
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Popeye Lunch Box

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Maker:
King Seeley Thermos
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:
1964
Description (Brief):
This tin lunch box was made by Thermos in 1964. The box has a metal snap for a hinged lid and a collapsible, dark brown plastic handle. The box has colorful action scenes and portrait drawings from the cartoon series Popeye on the lid, back and sides. Popeye the sailor was originally created as a comic-strip character by E.C. Segar in 1929, and has continued to the present while also appearing in radio, television, and movies.
Location:
Currently not on view
Subject:
Popeye
Television
ID Number:
2001.3101.12.01
Nonaccession number:
2001.3101
Catalog number:
2001.3101.12.01
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Aladdin Lunch Box

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Maker:
Aladdin
Physical Description:
plastic (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 20 cm x 22 cm x 11 cm; 7 7/8 in x 8 11/16 in x 4 5/16 in
Object Name:
lunch box
Date made:
1993
Description (Brief):
This hard plastic lunch box was made by Aladdin in 1993. It has a plastic snap for hinged lid and hinged plastic carrying handle. The box is a sparkling blue with an image of Aladdin first freeing the Genie from his lamp in the 1992 Disney movie Aladdin on the lid. Concerned mothers feared metal lunch boxes could be used as playground weapons, so metal boxes stopped being manufactured in 1985. As such, this box was made from plastic, and its image is papered on.
Location:
Currently not on view
ID Number:
2003.3070.27.01
Nonaccession number:
2003.3070
Catalog number:
2003.3070.27.01
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Data Source:
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National Football League Lunch Box

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Maker:
King Seeley Thermos
Physical Description:
tin (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:
1978
Description (Brief):
This tin lunch box was manufactured by King Seeley Thermos in 1978. This National Football League lunchbox has a white plastic snap for a hinged lid and a collapsible white, plastic handle. This NFL box features images of several football players, including Tony Dorsett, Franco Harris, and Pat Haden on a stylized background.
Location:
Currently not on view
Subject:
Sports
ID Number:
2001.3087.23
Nonaccession number:
2001.3087
Catalog number:
2001.3087.23
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Data Source:
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

Zorro Lunch Box

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Maker:
Aladdin
Physical Description:
tin (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 21 cm x 19 cm x 10 cm; 8 1/4 in x 7 1/2 in x 3 15/16 in
Object Name:
lunch box
Date made:
1966
Description (Brief):
This tin lunch box was made by Aladdin in 1966. It has a metal snap for a hinged lid and a collapsible, dark brown plastic handle. The box has colorful action scenes from Zorro on the lid, back and sides. There is a "Safety First" message printed in black on the interior of the lid. This artwork is from the Disney version of Zorro that ran from 1957-1959 on ABC.
Location:
Currently not on view
Subject:
Zorro
ID Number:
2001.3101.09.01
Nonaccession number:
2001.3101
Catalog number:
2001.3101.09.01
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Data Source:
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
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Pinnochio Lunch Box

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Maker:
Aladdin
Physical Description:
steel (overall material)
plastic (handle material)
Measurements:
overall: 21 cm x 20 cm x 10 cm; 8 1/4 in x 7 7/8 in x 3 15/16 in
Object Name:
lunch box
Date made:
1971
Description (Brief):
This steel lunch box was made by Aladdin Industries in 1971. It has a metal snap for hinged lid and collapsible red plastic handle. The box features raised images from Walt Disney’s 1940 film Pinocchio on all sides. The lid features an image of Pinocchio going to school with Jiminy Cricket giving chase, while the back shows the climactic scene of Pinocchio and Geppetto racing away from the whale Monstro, having just escaped from his belly.
Location:
Currently not on view
ID Number:
2003.3070.13.01
Nonaccession number:
2003.3070
Catalog number:
2003.3070.13.01
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Space Shuttle Orbiter Enterprise Lunch Box

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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
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.
Location:
Currently not on view
Related Publication:
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
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Hopalong Cassidy Lunch Box

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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
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.
Location:
Currently not on view
ID Number:
2001.3101.08.01
Nonaccession number:
2001.3101
Catalog number:
2001.3101.08.01
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Super Friends Lunch Box

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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
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.
Location:
Currently not on view
ID Number:
2003.3070.16
Accession number:
2003.3070
Catalog number:
2003.3070.16
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Data Source:
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
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King Kong Lunch Box

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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
Description (Brief):
This metal lunch box was manufactured by Thermos in 1977. The lunch box has color images of the 1976 movie remake of King Kong. The front side features King Kong straddling the twin towers of the World Trade Center, swatting at planes and helicopters attacking him.
King Kong is an enormous monster, resembling an ape, that first appeared in the RKO Picture's 1933 film, King Kong. This monster is one of the most famous movie icons and is continually reimagined through countless films.
Location:
Currently not on view
Subject:
Movie
ID Number:
2004.3009.09
Nonaccession number:
2004.3009
Catalog number:
2004.3009.09
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Data Source:
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

Marvel Comic's Super Heroes Lunch Box

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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
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.
Location:
Currently not on view
ID Number:
2003.3070.11.01
Nonaccession number:
2003.3070
Catalog number:
2003.3070.11.01
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Data Source:
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The Flintstones Lunch Box

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Maker:
Aladdin
Physical Description:
tin (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 21 cm x 19 cm x 10 cm; 8 1/4 in x 7 1/2 in x 3 15/16 in
Object Name:
lunch box
Date made:
1962
Description (Brief):
This tin lunch box was made by Aladdin industries in 1962. The box has an orange rim, and features images from The Flintstones on the lid, back and sides. The Flintstones ran from 1960-1966 on ABC, and was the longest running prime-time cartoon until The Simpsons. The Flintstones continued in a variety of television specials, movies, and films after its cancelation, and its other licensed products such as cereal and vitamins remain popular.
Location:
Currently not on view
Subject:
Television
Credit Line:
Gift of Allan Woodall, Jr.
ID Number:
2001.3100.09.01
Nonaccession number:
2001.3100
Catalog number:
2001.3100.09.01
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Data Source:
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Blondie Lunch Box

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Maker:
King Seeley Thermos
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:
1969
Description (Brief):
This tin lunch box was made by Thermos in 1969. It has a metal snap for a hinged lid and a collapsible, blue plastic handle. The box features colorful drawings from the cartoon series Blondie on the lid, back and sides. Created in 1930, Blondie was originally the focus of the strip, as a carefree flapper who dated a rich playboy in Dagwood Bumstead. However, when they married, Dagwood’s family disowned him and the strip changed to focus on the day to day life of Dagwood as a middle-class working guy with a loving family.
Location:
Currently not on view
ID Number:
2001.3101.11
Nonaccession number:
2001.3101
Catalog number:
2001.3101.11
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Data Source:
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Mork & Mindy Lunch Box

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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:
1980
Description (Brief):
This metal lunch box was made by Thermos in 1980. It has a yellow plastic snap for a hinged lid and a collapsible, yellow plastic handle. The box is decorated with colorful animated scenes of the television show Mork & Mindy. Mork & Mindy was a spinoff of Happy Days and helped launch Robin Williams to stardom. It ran from 1978-1982 on ABC and featured the adventures of the alien Mork living alongside a human companion Mindy, trying to learn the ways of humans.
Location:
Currently not on view
Subject:
Television
ID Number:
2004.3009.29
Nonaccession number:
2004.3009
Catalog number:
2004.3009.29
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Data Source:
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
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Lawman Lunch Box

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Depicted:
Russell, John
Brown, Peter
Maker:
King Seeley Thermos
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:
1961
Description (Brief):
This tin lunch box was manufactured by Thermos in 1961. It has a metal snap for a hinged lid and a collapsible red, plastic handle. The box features images from the television series Lawman, which ran from 1958-1962 on ABC. The show focused on the town of Laramie, Wyoming, and the action that happened around the Birdcage Saloon. Produced by Warner Brothers, The Lawman had several crossover episode with other Warner Brother westerns like The Maverick and Cheyenne.
Location:
Currently not on view
Credit Line:
Gift of Allan Woodall, Jr.
ID Number:
2001.3100.11.01
Nonaccession number:
2001.3100
Catalog number:
2001.3100.11.01
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Data Source:
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Campus Queen Lunch Box

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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
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.”
Credit Line:
D. Sean and Robin S. Brickell
ID Number:
2001.3087.13
Nonaccession number:
2001.3087
Catalog number:
2001.3087.13
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Exhibition:
Taking America To Lunch
Exhibition Location:
National Museum of American History
Data Source:
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

Battle Kit Lunch Box

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Maker:
King Seeley Thermos
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:
1965
Description (Brief):
This tin lunch box was made by Thermos in 1965. It has a metal snap for a hinged lid and a collapsible, olive green plastic handle. The lunch box is entitled “BATTLE KIT” and shows action scenes of soldiers in a jungle setting on the front, back, and sides.
ID Number:
2001.3101.04.01
Nonaccession number:
2001.3101
Catalog number:
2001.3101.04.01
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Exhibition:
Taking America To Lunch
Exhibition Location:
National Museum of American History
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