Joe Palooka Lunch Box

Description (Brief)
This tin lunch box was manufactured by Cheinco in 1948. The box has a removable lid and two blue and brown, hinged metal handles. The box features colorful action scenes and portrait drawings from the cartoon series, "Joe Palooka," on the lid and sides. The lid describes the box as a “Joe Palooka Lunch Kit.” Joe Palooka was created in 1930 by Ham Fisher, and ran as a strip until 1984. Joe Palooka was also made into a radio series, feature films, shots, and television series.
Currently not on view
Object Name
lunch box
Date made
Cheinco, Chein Industries
Physical Description
tin (overall material)
overall: 19 cm x 14 cm x 10 cm; 7 1/2 in x 5 1/2 in x 3 15/16 in
ID Number
nonaccession number
catalog number
Family & Social Life
Lunch Boxes
Popular Entertainment
Joe Palooka
See more items in
Culture and the Arts: Entertainment
Lunch Boxes
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of Allan Woodall, Jr.
Additional Media

Visitor Comments

Add a comment about this object

**Please read before submitting the form**

Have a comment or question about this object to share with the community? Please use the form below. Selected comments will appear on this page and may receive a museum response (but we can't promise). Please note that we generally cannot answer questions about the history, rarity, or value of your personal artifacts.

Have a question about anything else, or would you prefer a personal response? Please visit our FAQ or contact page.

Personal information will not be shared or result in unsolicited e-mail. See our privacy policy.

Enter the characters shown in the image.