Aladdin Back in ’76 lunchbox

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2015-06-26 11:12:43

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Aladdin Back in ’76 lunchbox

The Aladdin Back in ’76 lunchbox is a collectible vintage lunchbox featuring produced to commemorate America’s bicentennial celebrations.

Background

The lunchbox was produced by Aladdin Industries in 1975, as one of the thousands of items created to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the American War of Independence and the birth of the United States.

The box features cartoon illustrations depicting famous scenes from U.S history, and was produced by Aladdin at the same time as their Disney-themed patriotic lunchbox based on the ‘America on Parade’ pageant at Disneyland.

The Aladdin Back in ’76 lunchbox

The box has a blue handle and a Stars-and-Stripes border design, with illustrated graphics on the front, back and side panels.

The front of the box features a depiction of George Washington sat on a stool, having his boots shined by a young boy. The reverse of the box shows an image of an American revolutionary soldier asleep in bed, being woken by his children as they see Paul Revere making his famous midnight ride through the bedroom window.

The sides show humorous cartoon depictions of Betsy Ross sewing the first Stars and Stripes flag, an American throwing snowballs like baseballs at a British soldier, the Boston Tea Party and the signing of the Declaration of Independence.

The flask shows American citizens running down the street carrying weapons after being called to fight by Paul Revere on horseback.

How much is an Aladdin Back in ’76 lunchbox worth?

Although not particularly rare, used examples in top condition regularly sell for $50 - $60 on sites such as eBay.

Boxes with visible wear and tear generally sell for $20 - $30 for a complete set, wwith boxes and flasks selling individually for $10 – $15 each.

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