This Museum's popular entertainment collections hold some of the Smithsonian's most beloved artifacts. The ruby slippers worn by Judy Garland in The Wizard of Oz reside here, along with the Muppet character Kermit the Frog, and props from popular television series such as M*A*S*H and All in the Family. But as in many of the Museum's collections, the best-known objects are a small part of the story.
The collection also encompasses many other artifacts of 19th- and 20th-century commercial theater, film, radio, and TV—some 50,000 sound recordings dating back to 1903; posters, publicity stills, and programs from films and performances; puppets; numerous items from World's Fairs from 1851 to 1992; and audiovisual materials on Groucho Marx, to name only a few.
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- Description (Brief)
- This tin lunch box was manufactured by Cheinco in 1948. The box has a removable lid and two blue and brown, hinged metal handles. The box features colorful action scenes and portrait drawings from the cartoon series, "Joe Palooka," on the lid and sides. The lid describes the box as a “Joe Palooka Lunch Kit.” Joe Palooka was created in 1930 by Ham Fisher, and ran as a strip until 1984. Joe Palooka was also made into a radio series, feature films, shots, and television series.
- Currently not on view
- Date made
- Cheinco, Chein Industries
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- nonaccession number
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- Data Source
- National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center