The Jetsons Lunch Box

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Description (Brief)
This domed steel lunch was manufactured by Aladdin Industries in 1963. It features images from the popular television series, The Jetsons. The lunch box features images of the whole Jetson family, George, Jane, Judy, and Elroy, as well as Rosie the Household Robot and Astro the Dog. This box is one of the most coveted by collectors because of its great design, colorful art, and scarcity.
Description
Aladdin Industries profited from the success of The Jetsons television cartoon series in the fall of 1963 by introducing a domed lunch box featuring that space-traveling suburban family and their robotic maid. American notions of family life in the 1960s traveled effortlessly outward to interplanetary space on this fanciful box.
Domed metal lunch boxes traditionally were carried by factory employees and construction workers, but Aladdin and other makers found the curved shape made an excellent young person's landscape, ocean scene, or starry sky. Despite the more earth-bound adult concerns of the Cuban missile crisis of 1962 and the Kennedy assassination, The Jetsons box and bottle showcase the metal lunch box at the zenith of its design life and its popularity among school children.
Date made
1963
maker
Aladdin
Physical Description
steel (overall material)
plastic (handle material)
Measurements
overall: 23 cm x 13 cm x 18 cm; 9 1/16 in x 5 1/8 in x 7 1/16 in
ID Number
2003.3070.22.01
nonaccession number
2003.3070
catalog number
2003.3070.22.01
subject
Television
Television
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Culture and the Arts: Entertainment
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Family & Social Life
Exhibition
Taking America To Lunch
Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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