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Satellite Lunch Box

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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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.
Description
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.
Location
Currently not on view
maker
American Thermos Products Co.
Date made
1957
1958
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
Object Name
lunch box
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Cultural and Community Life: Entertainment
Sputnik
Family & Social Life
ID Number
2001.3087.06.01
nonaccession number
2001.3087
catalog number
2001.3087.06.01
subject
School Personal Equipment