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Warman’s Lunch Boxes Field Guide
by Joe Soucy.



With more than 500 color photos of metal lunch boxes and bottles this affordable and portable guide makes on-the-spot appraisals easy.

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The 1963 The Jetsons lunch box, by Aladdin, is a hugely important high-profile character box. The longstanding popularity of the original cartoon series (only 24 episodes in all) leads to high prices for the few remaining boxes that survive the original marketing run of the series over the course of only six months: $2,650

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Tarzan, Aladdin, 1966, $475.
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Peanuts, King Seeley Thermos, 1966: $325
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Bonanza, Aladdin, 1968, $475.
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The Beatles lunch box, Aladdin, 1966, is one of the most popular boxes on the market, as evidenced by its value: $2,800
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Roy Rogers Chow Wagon dome, King Seeley Thermos, 1958, $525.
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Hopalong Cassidy, this is the first full litho lunch box, Alsddin, 1954, 850.
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You might think the Seeley Thermos lunch box (1978) from the first Star Wars movie would be worth a good deal more than $300 given the movie's impact on popular culture. Alas, George Lucas quickly figured out the secret of mass marketing, making these boxes still relatively easy to find.

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