Disney School Bus Dome Lunch Box

Description (Brief)
This domed, tin lunch box was made by Aladdin Industries in 1961. It has two metal snaps for a hinged lid and a collapsible, yellow plastic handle. The box is in the shape of a school bus , and colorful portraits of Disney characters like Minnie, Mickey, Goofy, Pinocchio, and Huey, Dewey, and Louie Duck line the windows of the bus. Its eye-catching appearance made it the most popular lunch box ever, selling over 9 million units.
Currently not on view
Object Name
lunch box
Date made
Walt Disney Company
Physical Description
tin (overall material)
overall: 23 cm x 19 cm x 13 cm; 9 1/16 in x 7 1/2 in x 5 1/8 in
ID Number
nonaccession number
catalog number
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Culture and the Arts: Entertainment
Popular Entertainment
Lunch Boxes
Family & Social Life
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
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Visitor Comments

4/26/2015 9:00:18 PM
I see so many of the yellow domed shaped disney school bus lunch boxes, I found a red square shaped tin lunch box with 2 handles and with the same school bus image with all the disney caracters on the yellow lunch box, however can't seem to find a similar one online. Does anyone have any information about this type of lunchbox? What year? Was it made before or after the yellow one?
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