Satellite Lunch Box

Description (Brief):

The Soviet launch of the Sputnik satellite in late 1957 sparked interest in the United States in science education even among elementary school children. In 1958, King Seeley Thermos produced this imaginative box evoking space travel and landings on distant moons and planets. Children provided a receptive audience to this imaginary yet hopeful view of scientific achievement in the early years of the space race. This is one of the few pop culture lunch boxes from the late 1950s not designed around a television show.

The Soviet launch of the Sputnik satellite in late 1957 sparked interest in the United States in science education even among elementary school children. In 1958, King Seeley Thermos produced this imaginative box evoking space travel and landings on distant moons and planets. Children provided a receptive audience to this imaginary yet hopeful view of scientific achievement in the early years of the space race. This is one of the few pop culture lunch boxes from the late 1950s not designed around a television show.

Date Made: 19571958

Maker: American Thermos Products Co.

Location: Currently not on view

General Subject Association: School Personal Equipment

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See more items in: Culture and the Arts: Entertainment, Family & Social Life, Sputnik

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Credit Line: Gift of D. Sean and Robin S. Brickell

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 2001.3087.06.01Nonaccession Number: 2001.3087Catalog Number: 2001.3087.06.01

Object Name: lunch box

Physical Description: steel (overall material)Measurements: overall: 22 cm x 18 cm x 10 cm; 8 11/16 in x 7 1/16 in x 3 15/16 in

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746aa-63e2-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_1196299

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