Julia Lunch Box

Julia Lunch Box

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Description (Brief)
This metal lunch box was manufactured by Thermos in 1969. The lunch box features imagery from Diahann Carroll’s hit TV series, Julia which aired from 1968-1971 on NBC. Julia was applauded for its depiction of African-American life in a suburban setting, and this lunch box is notable for being one of the first depictions of a black woman on a commerically-available lunch box.
Object Name
lunch box
Date made
1969
collected for nmah
Smithsonian Institution
maker
Thermos
Physical Description
metal (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 7 1/4 in x 8 3/4 in x 4 in; 18.415 cm x 22.225 cm x 10.16 cm
ID Number
1988.3160.37
nonaccession number
1988.3160
catalog number
1988.3160.37
subject
School Personal Equipment
Food Culture
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Culture and the Arts: Entertainment
Popular Entertainment
Family & Social Life
Lunch Boxes
Exhibition
Taking America To Lunch
Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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Comments

I had this lunch box as a child growing up in the late 60's - early 70's. It was my one and only lunch box. We bought it back in 1970 in Columbus Nebraska. Not sure which store it was. Loved the show Julia and was so excited to get her lunch box. I still have it stored away for safe keeping. When ever I look at it, it brings back fond memories of tuna sandwiches and eating with my friends at school.

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