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Orbit Lunch Box

Maker:
King Seeley Thermos
Physical Description:
tin (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 23 cm x 18 cm x 10 cm; 9 1/16 in x 7 1/16 in x 3 15/16 in
Object Name:
lunch box
Date made:
1963
Subject:
Family & Social Life
Lunch Boxes
ID Number:
2001.3100.13.01
Nonaccession number:
2001.3100
Catalog number:
2001.3100.13.01
Description (Brief):
This tin lunch box was made by Thermos in 1963. It has a metal snap for a hinged lid and a collapsible red, plastic handle. The front side of the box shows a cross section of the Mercury manned space flight module, showing John Glenn operating the capsule. The reverse side shows the Atlas rocket launching from the space pad. These images were lifted from National Geographic, and Thermos received a cease and desist and stopped production. As such, these boxes are rather rare.
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Folding Lunch Box

Patentee:
Moore, Charles C.
Physical Description:
tin (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 17.5 cm x 10.5 cm x 1 cm; 6 7/8 in x 4 1/8 in x 3/8 in
Object Name:
Box
lunch box
Date made:
ca 1880s
Patent date:
1871-06-06
Subject:
Lunch Boxes
Family & Social Life
ID Number:
2001.3087.01
Nonaccession number:
2001.3087
Catalog number:
2001.3087.01
Patent number:
115764
Description (Brief):
This tin-plated iron lunch box was patented in 1871 by Charles C. Moore. The box folds in flat on itself. The lunch box has a black and red plaid exterior, and the top is adorned with the text “Moore’s Patented Folding Lunch Box.” About three inches tall in its box form; it collapses down to less than half an inch when folded.
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Blue Box Lunch Box

Maker:
American Thermos Bottle Company
Physical Description:
metal (overall material)
leather (handle material)
plastic (part material)
Measurements:
overall: 22.5 cm x 17.5 cm x 7.5 cm; 8 7/8 in x 6 7/8 in x 2 15/16 in
Object Name:
lunch box
Date made:
1927
Subject:
Lunch Boxes
Family & Social Life
ID Number:
2004.3009.15.01
Nonaccession number:
2004.3009
Catalog number:
2004.3009.15.01
Description (Brief):
This metal lunch box was made by Thermos in 1927. It was painted blue in a faux leather pattern with a gold finished interior. The box has a leather handle, a single metal snap and vent holes.
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Bee Gees Lunch Box

Maker:
Aladdin Industries
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:
1978
Subject:
Family & Social Life
Lunch Boxes
Popular Entertainment
ID Number:
2001.3099.01
Nonaccession number:
2001.3099
Catalog number:
2001.3099.01
Description (Brief):
This metal lunch box was manufactured by Thermos in 1978. The lunch box depicts the three Bee Gees on front lid, Robin Gibb on the rear panel, and various song titles are written on the side. The Bee Gees mainly consisted of the brothers Barry, Robin, and Maurice Gibb, and each one had their own lunch box. The Bee Gees first achieved international fame in the 1960s as a rock group, but the height of their success occurred in the late 1970s, with their soundtrack to the hit movie Saturday Night Fever becoming one of the best selling soundtracks of all time.
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Denim Domed Lunch Box

Maker:
Aladdin Industries
Physical Description:
tin (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 23 cm x 12 cm x 20 cm; 9 1/16 in x 4 3/4 in x 7 7/8 in
Object Name:
lunch box
Date made:
1975
Subject:
Lunch Boxes
Family & Social Life
ID Number:
2001.3087.22
Nonaccession number:
2001.3087
Catalog number:
2001.3087.22
Description (Brief):
This tin, domed lunch box was manufactured by Aladdin Industries in 1975. The lunch box has a metal snap for a hinged lid and a flexible red plastic handle. The lunch box has the appearance of being made of denim, and a colorful dog and red and white flower patterns are shown on the front of the lunch box.
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Luggage Lunch Box

Maker:
American Thermos Bottle 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:
1957
Subject:
Family & Social Life
Lunch Boxes
ID Number:
2001.3087.04
Nonaccession number:
2001.3087
Catalog number:
2001.3087.04
Description (Brief):
This steel lunch box was manufactured by Thermos in 1957. It features a metal snap for a hinged lid and a collapsible metal handle, and the exterior design simulates a brown leather suitcase.
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Blue Lunch Box

Physical Description:
tin (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 23 cm x 18 cm x 8 cm; 9 1/16 in x 7 1/16 in x 3 1/8 in
Object Name:
lunch box
Date made:
1940s
Subject:
Family & Social Life
Lunch Boxes
ID Number:
2001.3099.03
Nonaccession number:
2001.3099
Catalog number:
2001.3099.03
Description (Brief):
This tin lunch box was made in the 1940s , and has a metal snap for hinged lid and a collapsible silver handle. There is a plain blue and gray design on the exterior.
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Picnic Basket Lunch Box

Maker:
Ohio Art Company
Physical Description:
tin (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 21 cm x 15 cm x 15 cm; 8 1/4 in x 5 7/8 in x 5 7/8 in
Object Name:
lunch box
Date made:
1910
1920s
Subject:
Lunch Boxes
Family & Social Life
ID Number:
2001.3087.02
Nonaccession number:
2001.3087
Catalog number:
2001.3087.02
Description (Brief):
This tin-plated steel lunch box was manufactured by the Ohio Art Company in the 1920s. The lunch box features a removable lid and two pinned metal handles, as well as images of children playing with a cat on the top and sides of the box.
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Mod Tulip Lunch Box

Maker:
Ohio Art Company
Physical Description:
tin (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 27 cm x 22 cm x 14 cm; 10 5/8 in x 8 11/16 in x 5 1/2 in
Object Name:
lunch box
Date made:
1962
Subject:
Family & Social Life
Lunch Boxes
ID Number:
2001.3100.07
Nonaccession number:
2001.3100
Catalog number:
2001.3100.07
Description (Brief):
This lunch box is a domed, tin lunch box with two metal snaps for a hinged lid and a collapsible beige plastic handle. The box has a colorful floral design over a black background.
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Leche Fresca 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:
1970s
Subject:
Family & Social Life
Lunch Boxes
ID Number:
2003.3070.09.01
Nonaccession number:
2003.3070
Catalog number:
2003.3070.09.01
Description (Brief):
This steel lunch box was manufactured by Aladdin in 1970. It has a metal snap for hinged lid and collapsible white plastic handle. The lunch box was made for sale in Mexico, and touts the benefits of fresh milk (leche fresca). The box is blue and gray with cartoon images of cows and people.
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Op-Art Lunch Box

Maker:
Aladdin
Physical Description:
steel (overall material)
plastic (handle material)
Measurements:
overall: 23 cm x 12 cm x 18 cm; 9 1/16 in x 4 3/4 in x 7 1/16 in
Object Name:
lunch box
Date made:
1968
Subject:
Family & Social Life
Lunch Boxes
ID Number:
2003.3070.24
Nonaccession number:
2003.3070
Catalog number:
2003.3070.24
Description (Brief):
This domed steel lunch box is a conceptual design by Aladdin Industries in 1968 that was never manufactured. It has two metal snaps for a hinged dome lid and collapsible yellow plastic handle. The box has an undulating orange, yellow and blue checkerboard pattern that is made of vinyl and taped to bread loaf lunch box (see 2001.3101.16).
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Workman's Domed Lunch Box

Physical Description:
aluminum (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 26 cm x 19 cm x 22 cm; 10 1/4 in x 7 1/2 in x 8 11/16 in
Object Name:
lunch box
Date made:
1950s
Subject:
Family & Social Life
Lunch Boxes
ID Number:
2001.3087.09
Nonaccession number:
2001.3087
Catalog number:
2001.3087.09
Description (Brief):
This domed, aluminum lunch box has two metal snaps for a hinged lid and a collapsible black, plastic handle. There is a wire bail inside for a thermos bottle to fit into the domed lid. The exterior of the lunch box is silver, and is in the old-fashioned “workman” style.
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Hi - My Lunch Box

Maker:
Ohio Art 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:
1977
Subject:
Family & Social Life
Lunch Boxes
ID Number:
2001.3099.05
Nonaccession number:
2001.3099
Catalog number:
2001.3099.05
Description (Brief):
This metal lunch box was made by the Ohio Art Company in 1977. The box has lithographed blue denim on all surfaces. The front has an image of an apple with worm and belt buckle and "Hi", and "MY LUNCH" and an apple is seen on the rear.
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Submarine Lunch Box

Maker:
Thermos
American Thermos Bottle Company
Physical Description:
tin (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 23 cm x 18 cm x 10 cm; 9 1/16 in x 7 1/16 in x 3 15/16 in
Object Name:
lunch box
Date made:
1960
Subject:
Family & Social Life
Lunch Boxes
ID Number:
2001.3101.06.01
Nonaccession number:
2001.3101
Catalog number:
2001.3101.06.01
Description (Brief):
This tin lunch box was manufactured by Thermos in 1960. It has a metal snap for a hinged lid and a collapsible, red plastic handle. The art on the lunch box features images of four submarines on the back and sides. The submarines are the USS Nautilus, Seawolf, Skipjack, and George Washington. The George Washington is shown firing an underwater missile, and there is a cross-section of the USS Nautilus on the bottom.
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Debutante Lunch Box

Maker:
Aladdin
Physical Description:
metal (overall material)
plastic (handle material)
Measurements:
overall: 19 cm x 21 cm x 14 cm; 7 1/2 in x 8 1/4 in x 5 1/2 in
Object Name:
lunch box
Date made:
1958
Subject:
Family & Social Life
Lunch Boxes
ID Number:
2003.3070.19.01
Nonaccession number:
2003.3070
Catalog number:
2003.3070.19.01
Description (Brief):
This top-opening square metal lunch box was made by Aladdin Industries in 1958. It has a metal snap for hinged lid and a hinged peach plastic handle. The lunch box has a peach and beige faux basket weave pattern lithographed on exterior, while the interior has white butterfly pattern on peach field.
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Dome Lunch Box

Maker:
American Thermos Bottle Company
Physical Description:
metal (overall material)
plastic (part material)
Measurements:
overall: 26 cm x 13 cm x 22 cm; 10 1/4 in x 5 1/8 in x 8 11/16 in
Object Name:
lunch box
Date made:
1940s
Subject:
Lunch Boxes
Family & Social Life
ID Number:
2004.3009.18
Nonaccession number:
2004.3009
Catalog number:
2004.3009.18
Description (Brief):
This aluminum metal, dome lunch box was made by Thermos in the 1940s. The box has a steel handle, two snap closures, and vent holes. The box has a star stamped on the side of the lid. This box is typical of the metal domed boxes that were used before licensed boxes became commonplace.
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Automat Lunch Box

Maker:
American Thermos Bottle Company
Physical Description:
wood (overall material)
leather (handle material)
metal (snaps material)
plastic (part material)
Measurements:
overall: 28 cm x 10 cm x 15.5 cm; 11 in x 3 15/16 in x 6 1/8 in
Object Name:
lunch box
Date made:
1916
Subject:
Lunch Boxes
Family & Social Life
ID Number:
2004.3009.16.01
Nonaccession number:
2004.3009
Catalog number:
2004.3009.16.01
Description (Brief):
This black wooden lunch box was made by Thermos in 1916. It has a hinged lid with two metal snaps and a leather handle. There are two silver, metal lunch trays mounted on hinged extenders inside.
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Corsage Lunch Box

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:
1973
Subject:
Family & Social Life
Lunch Boxes
ID Number:
2001.3101.01.01
Nonaccession number:
2001.3101
Catalog number:
2001.3101.01.01
Description (Brief):
This tin lunch box was manufactured by Thermos in 1973. It has a white plastic snap for a hinged lid and a white collapsible, plastic handle. The box has a light blue background and white rim, and features of colorful drawings of flowers on the lid, back and sides.
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Workers Ornamental Lunch Box

Physical Description:
tin (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 27 cm x 20 cm x 13 cm; 10 5/8 in x 7 7/8 in x 5 1/8 in
Object Name:
lunch box
Date made:
ca 1950
Subject:
Family & Social Life
Lunch Boxes
ID Number:
2001.3101.17
Nonaccession number:
2001.3101
Catalog number:
2001.3101.17
Description (Brief):
This domed, tin lunch box was made around 1950, but has an unknown maker. The box has two metal snaps for a hinged lid and a spiraled wire hinged handle. There is a silver design with red outlined rosettes and green outlined scallops on the lid and sides.
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Plaid Lunch Box

Maker:
Ohio Art Company
Physical Description:
steel (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 23 cm x 20 cm x 10 cm; 9 1/16 in x 7 7/8 in x 3 15/16 in
Object Name:
lunch box
Place Made:
United States: Ohio, Bryan
Date made:
1957
Subject:
Family & Social Life
Lunch Boxes
ID Number:
2001.3087.05
Nonaccession number:
2001.3087
Catalog number:
2001.3087.05
Description (Brief):
This steel lunch box was manufactured by the Ohio Art Company in1957. It features a metal snap for a hinged lid and a collapsible red, plastic handle. The exterior design is a red, brown and yellow plaid design.
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