Orbit Lunch Box

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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.
Currently not on view
Date made
King Seeley Thermos
Physical Description
tin (overall material)
overall: 23 cm x 18 cm x 10 cm; 9 1/16 in x 7 1/16 in x 3 15/16 in
ID Number
nonaccession number
catalog number
Credit Line
Gift of Allan Woodall, Jr.
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Data Source
National Museum of American History