Fireball XL5 Lunch Box

Description (Brief)
This metal lunch box was manufactured by Thermos in 1964. It features images from the television show Fireball XL5, which ran on NBC from 1963-1965. Fireball XL5 was filmed used Supermarionation, a combination of animation and puppetry that was made famous by the show’s creators, Gerry and Sylvia Anderson. Fireball XL5 was another television show that took advantage of the public’s fascination with space, as does this lunch box, with its various images of rockets and space ships.
Date made
King Seeley Thermos
Physical Description
metal (overall material)
plastic (part material)
overall: 22.5 cm x 10 cm x 19 cm; 8 7/8 in x 3 15/16 in x 7 1/2 in
ID Number
nonaccession number
catalog number
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Culture and the Arts: Entertainment
Popular Entertainment
Lunch Boxes
Family & Social Life
Taking America To Lunch
Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Data Source
National Museum of American History


"Artwork for this lunchbox and the matching thermos is by the acclaimed illustrator-cartoonist, Wallace Wood who, is famous for his work on MAD, Weird Science, Mars Attacks, Daredevil, Superboy, Avengers, Witzend, and so much more."

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