Campus Queen Lunch Box

Campus Queen Lunch Box

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Description (Brief)
This Campus Queen steel lunch box was manufactured by King Seeley Thermos Company in 1967. This Campus Queen lunch box features a magnetic game kit on the back, taking you from study hall to the prom, with stops at the Soda Fountain, Movies, and Beauty parlor. This lunch box also has the distinction of being featured in the music video for Cyndi Lauper’s 1984 number one hit, “Time After Time.”
Object Name
lunch box
Date made
King Seeley Thermos Company
Physical Description
steel (overall material)
overall: 23 cm x 19 cm x 19 cm; 9 1/16 in x 7 1/2 in x 7 1/2 in
ID Number
nonaccession number
catalog number
Credit Line
Gift of D. Sean and Robin S. Brickell
School Personal Equipment
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Culture and the Arts: Entertainment
Popular Entertainment
Family & Social Life
Lunch Boxes
Taking America To Lunch
Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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I owned this lunch box 50 years ago when I was in the 3rd grade. It was my favorite lunch box. My Mom bought it for me at Woolworths in downtown Waikiki, Honolulu, Hawaii
I had the campus queen lunch box when I was in the sixth grade. I played the game at lunch time every day at school. The game came with 2 little magnets That you kept on the inside of the lid.... The perfect lunch pail! I still have it in my room..... & still play the game with my granddaughter Mia who is 5 years. & I'm 62 a timeless treasure.....
I love seeing the Real Lunch Boxes from my past. This particular lunch box was sold out when Mum shopped for our school supplies & I was terribly jealous of the girls who had the opportunity to own one. I thought it was absolutely lovely & I was hoping to get one for Christmas however funds were extremely tight & Mum was not about to purchase another Lunch Box when I already had one. Back when I was a child parents didn't spoil us at every whim we had only what we needed & luxuries were considered just that luxuries. Now at 56 I could probably have one now but the adoration of this lunch box has passed & it's a fond memory of something I coveted but never had...but I do love browsing sites with the Barbie dolls & other toys & games during my childhood days(1960's-1970's)
I loved this lunchbox and evidently so did my summer day camp councilors! They always borrowed it in order to play the game on the back. I was only 7 or 8 years old at the time and the game didn't interest me, so I didn't mind sharing it. I loved the pictures, especially the one of the teenage girl on the side at the soda shop. As a kid with black hair and a short pixie cut, I identified with her.

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