Lunchbox & Thermos, Tom Corbett: Space Cadet, 1954

Summary

The first pictorial lunchboxes, introduced in 1950, featured Hopalong Cassidy. Since then, generations of children have proudly sported pictorial images of their favorite television shows on the sides of their school lunchboxes. Tom Corbett was a character from the Tom Corbett: Space Cadet book series, who was depicted in radio, television, and comics in the 1950s.

The first pictorial lunchboxes, introduced in 1950, featured Hopalong Cassidy. Since then, generations of children have proudly sported pictorial images of their favorite television shows on the sides of their school lunchboxes. Tom Corbett was a character from the Tom Corbett: Space Cadet book series, who was depicted in radio, television, and comics in the 1950s.

Artifact

Lunchbox

Date Made

1954

Your Place In Time
 On Exhibit

at Henry Ford Museum in Your Place in Time

Object ID

99.12.5

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Material

Metal
Plastic
Glass (Material)

Dimensions

Height: 7.25 in  (lunchbox)

Width: 8 in  (lunchbox)

Length: 3.75 in  (lunchbox)

Height: 5.625 in  (thermos)

Diameter: 3.25 in  (thermos)

Inscriptions

TOM CORBETT / SPACE CADET / ROCKHILL RADIO 1954 MADE BY ALADDIN INDUSTRIES, INCORPORATED, NASHVILLE, TENN. U.S.A. | thermos:USE / No. 01 / REPLACEMENT / FILLER

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