Lunchbox collection jam-packed with memories
August 23rd, 2012
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Do you remember your favorite school lunchbox? It may have featured an image of your favorite cartoon character, band, movie or TV show. (Mine was a 1978 "Muppet Show" lunchbox with a Kermit the Frog thermos inside it.)

The lunchbox has been a key accessory for American schoolkids for more than 60 years, according to Peter Liebhold, a curator with the National Museum of American History. It's an American status symbol, too. "Today, if you travel to Target, Walmart or other back-to-school retailers, you will see kids and parents constructing their identity through lunchboxes (as well as clothes, backpacks and binders)," Liebhold noted in an e-mail.

The lunchbox as we know it can be traced back to 1935 when Geuder, Paeschke & Frey produced the first licensed character lunchbox with Mickey Mouse on it. But it wasn't until after World War II when the lunchbox entered its prime.

Read the full story: America's fascination with the school lunchbox

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    Thanks for the article, i too like lunchboxes and built a price guide for them here with images, descriptions and prices for each one. Hope it’s helpful.


    September 5, 2012 at 7:51 pm |

    I Always wanted a Cool metal lunchbox – never had one , I don't know why ... It's not going to matter much since I read the Obama article – maybe the Mayans were right after all .

    August 23, 2012 at 12:35 pm |
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    Speaking of Kermit, I have always thought this guy's voice is a dead ringer for him:

    August 23, 2012 at 11:58 am |
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