Submarine Lunch Box

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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.
Date made
American Thermos Bottle Company
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
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Culture and the Arts: Entertainment
Lunch Boxes
Family & Social Life
Taking America To Lunch
Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Data Source
National Museum of American History


I live in a house in Mystic CT once owned by a local artist named French. My neighbor told me that Mr. French painted a portrait that once hung in the Whitehouse, But more importantly, he was a resident artist for Thermos and copies of his original paintings were reproduced on millions of kids' lunch boxes. I would like to know more about this artist.

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