Aladdin Flying Nun lunchbox
The Aladdin Flying Nun lunchbox is a collectible vintage lunchbox based on the 1960s U.S television series ‘The Flying Nun’.
The Flying Nun was an American ABC sitcom that ran for 83 episodes from 1967 until 1970. It starred Sally Fields as a protestor sent to a convent in Puerto Rico. She discovers she has the ability to fly, due to her small stature and habit headpiece shaped like a pair of wings, and uses this ability solve a number of problems in each episode.
The show proved relatively popular with viewers, but a lack of storylines led the show to be cancelled after its third season in 1970. During its time a wide range of tie-in merchandise was produced, including a number of toys and dolls produced by Hasbro, a board game, records, comic books, trading cards, View Master reels and a metal lunchbox produced by Aladdin in 1968.
The Aladdin Flying Nun lunchbox
The lunchbox has a white border and plastic handle, with graphics on the front, back and sides and a matching white and blue thermos flask.
The front of the box shows Sally Field as Sister Bertrille, flying above the convent whilst two other nuns look on from the rooftop. The reverse shows Sister Bertrille flying alongside a small orange light aircraft piloted by the character Carlos Ramirez.
The sides show Bertrille teaching a class of children, and the children cleaning a car with Bertrille stuck underneath. The top of the box features an image of the convent, and the bottom shows Sister Bertrille flying alongside a yacht.
The thermos flask shows an image of Sister Bertrille flying whilst other nuns look on and a group of children chase after her.
How much is an Aladdin Flying Nun lunchbox worth?
Due to the unusual nature of the show and the wide variety of merchandise produced, vintage Flying Nun collectibles are still popular with many collectors. Top-condition lunchboxes with their thermos flasks intact have sold on eBay for up to $100, with used examples selling for $30 - $50 depending on wear and tear.