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Folding Lunch Box

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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
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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ID Number:
2001.3087.01
Nonaccession number:
2001.3087
Catalog number:
2001.3087.01
Patent number:
115764
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Submarine Lunch Box

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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
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.
Location:
Currently not on view
ID Number:
2001.3101.06.01
Nonaccession number:
2001.3101
Catalog number:
2001.3101.06.01
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Debutante Lunch Box

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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
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.
Location:
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ID Number:
2003.3070.19.01
Nonaccession number:
2003.3070
Catalog number:
2003.3070.19.01
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Psychedelic Lunch Box

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Maker:
Aladdin
Physical Description:
steel (overall material)
plastic (handle 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:
1969
Description (Brief):
This domed steel lunch box was manufactured by Aladdin Industries in 1969. This lunch box features a psychedelic pattern of swirling orange, red, pink and yellow. The wild design aesthetic is representative of the 1960’s ethos and evokes other sixties motifs like tie-dye and lava lamps.
Location:
Currently not on view
ID Number:
2003.3070.23.01
Nonaccession number:
2003.3070
Catalog number:
2003.3070.23.01
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Dome Lunch Box

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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
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.
Location:
Currently not on view
ID Number:
2004.3009.18
Nonaccession number:
2004.3009
Catalog number:
2004.3009.18
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Automat Lunch Box

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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
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.
Location:
Currently not on view
ID Number:
2004.3009.16.01
Nonaccession number:
2004.3009
Catalog number:
2004.3009.16.01
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Corsage 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:
1973
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.
Location:
Currently not on view
ID Number:
2001.3101.01.01
Nonaccession number:
2001.3101
Catalog number:
2001.3101.01.01
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Luggage Lunch Box

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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
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.
Location:
Currently not on view
ID Number:
2001.3087.04
Nonaccession number:
2001.3087
Catalog number:
2001.3087.04
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Plaid Lunch Box

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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
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.
Location:
Currently not on view
ID Number:
2001.3087.05
Nonaccession number:
2001.3087
Catalog number:
2001.3087.05
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Astronaut Lunch Box

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Maker:
Aladdin
Physical Description:
steel (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:
1969
Description (Brief):
This steel lunch box was manufactured by Aladdin Industries in 1969 to take advantage of the excitement over the moon landing. The exterior features images from the Apollo 11 mission, including Neil Armstrong’s first step onto the lunar surface, and the command module’s splashdown. There is an illustrated National Safety Council "Safety First" message printed in black and white on the interior lid, and the bottom features an image of the plaque that was left on the lunar surface.
Location:
Currently not on view
ID Number:
2001.3087.14.01
Nonaccession number:
2001.3087
Catalog number:
2001.3087.14.01
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Blue Lunch Box

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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
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.
Location:
Currently not on view
ID Number:
2001.3099.03
Nonaccession number:
2001.3099
Catalog number:
2001.3099.03
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Orbit Lunch Box

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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
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.
Location:
Currently not on view
Credit Line:
Gift of Allan Woodall, Jr.
ID Number:
2001.3100.13.01
Nonaccession number:
2001.3100
Catalog number:
2001.3100.13.01
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Blue Box Lunch Box

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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
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.
Location:
Currently not on view
ID Number:
2004.3009.15.01
Nonaccession number:
2004.3009
Catalog number:
2004.3009.15.01
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Denim Domed Lunch Box

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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
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.
Location:
Currently not on view
ID Number:
2001.3087.22
Nonaccession number:
2001.3087
Catalog number:
2001.3087.22
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Picnic Basket Lunch Box

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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:
1920s
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.
Location:
Currently not on view
ID Number:
2001.3087.02
Nonaccession number:
2001.3087
Catalog number:
2001.3087.02
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Mod Tulip Lunch Box

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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
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.
Location:
Currently not on view
Credit Line:
Gift of Allan Woodall, Jr.
ID Number:
2001.3100.07
Nonaccession number:
2001.3100
Catalog number:
2001.3100.07
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Leche Fresca 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:
1970s
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.
Location:
Currently not on view
ID Number:
2003.3070.09.01
Nonaccession number:
2003.3070
Catalog number:
2003.3070.09.01
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Op-Art Lunch Box

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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
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).
Location:
Currently not on view
ID Number:
2003.3070.24
Nonaccession number:
2003.3070
Catalog number:
2003.3070.24
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Tartan Dome Lunch Box

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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
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.
Location:
Currently not on view
Subject:
Television
ID Number:
2001.3087.07
Nonaccession number:
2001.3087
Catalog number:
2001.3087.07
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Workman's Domed Lunch Box

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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
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.
Location:
Currently not on view
ID Number:
2001.3087.09
Nonaccession number:
2001.3087
Catalog number:
2001.3087.09
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