Aladdin Double Deckers lunchbox
The Aladdin Double Deckers lunchbox is a collectible vintage lunchbox based on the 1970s children’s television show ‘Here Come the Double Deckers’.
‘Here Come the Double Deckers’ was a short-lived television series set in London, following the adventures of a gang of children known as the Double Deckers whose base was a disused red double decker bus in an abandoned junk yard. The show was a U.S/U.K co-production, and was shown on both the BBC and ABC from 1970 until 1972.
The 17 episodes featured the gang’s adventures involving hovercrafts, invisibility formulas, lost dogs, robots and go-karts, along with their attempts to evade the local police officer. The show also regularly featured Melvyn Hayes, along with guest appearances by numerous well-known British actors.
Despite its popularity in the U.K, ratings in the U.S were low and only one season was produced. To tie in with the show, a metal lunchbox featuring the characters was produced by Aladdin Industries in 1970. It is one of the very few British television shows to have been featured on a U.S lunchbox during the 1960s and 70s.
The Aladdin Double Deckers lunchbox
The box has light blue borders with a matching handle, and illustrated graphics on the front, back and side panels.
The front features an image of the characters Donut, Scooper, Spring, Brains, Billy, Tiger and Sticks hiding behind a fence as they’re chased by a police officer with a truncheon. The gang are pictured peering around the corner as they prepare to trip the officer up using a length of string through a hole in the fence.
The reverse shows the gang laughing after Donut has broken a weighing device designed by Brains and fallen to the floor. The side panels show a scene of London covered in snow, the gang making a slapstick film, Billie, Tiger and Donut eating a large cake, and Spring, Brains and Scooper conducting a chemistry experiment.
The matching thermos flask has a blue top, and features an illustration of the gang running with London landmarks visible in the background.
How much is an Aladdin Double Deckers lunchbox worth?
Due to the show’s lack of success in the U.S the boxes were not produced in large numbers and remain relatively rare. However, this lack of success also means that they are less sought after than other boxes and only examples in the best condition tend to sell.
Boxes in mint condition can sell for up to $100 on sites like eBay, but prices for used examples with wear and tear drops to around $20-$30 depending on condition.