Aladdin Gomer Pyle lunchbox
The Aladdin Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. lunchbox is a vintage collectible lunchbox based on the 1960s U.S television series ‘Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C’.
‘Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C’ is a U.S sitcom created as a spin-off series from The Andy Griffith Show in which Jim Nabors played the gentle, dim-witted gas-station attendant Gomer Pyle.
Nabors was only contracted to appear in 27 episodes, from 1962 – 64, as his character was written into the show to replace the character Floyd Lawson whilst actor Howard McNear recovered from a stroke. When McNear returned the highly popular character of Pyle was transferred to his own show in which he joined the Marines– ‘Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C’.
The show is centred around Pyle and his well-meaning mistakes, which constantly infuriate his Drill Instructor Sergeant Carter. It ran for five seasons and 150 episodes, from 1964 until 1969, and remained in the U.S top ten highest-rated shows for its entire run. The lunchbox was produced by Aladdin Industries in 1966.
Nabors left the show in 1969 to star in his own variety show ‘The Jim Nabors Hour’ which lasted until 1971.
The Aladdin Gomer Pyle U.S.M.C lunchbox
The lunchbox has a khaki green border and handle, with embossed colour graphics on the front and reverse and flat graphics on all side panels.
The front depicts Pyle cleaning a trashcan with a watering hose, which is in turn spraying out into the face of a screaming Sergeant Carter stood behind him. The reverse side shows Pyle removing his rake from beneath Carter’s jeep after it has punctured the back tyre, whilst Carter shouts angrily at him.
The sides of the box feature generic illustrations of U.S Marines performing exercises in the jungle, including wading through rivers and conducting beach landings in aquatic vehicles.
The flask has a matching green border and cup/lid, and features an illustration of Pyle and Carter in a jeep which Pyle has stopped to allow a family of skunks to pass in front.
How much is an Aladdin Gomer Pyle lunchbox worth?
In top condition, the Gomer Pyle lunchbox is highly sought after by collectors and near-mint examples have been known to sell of sites such as eBay for up to $350.
Even used boxes with wear and tear such as rust and light scratches can sell for between $60 and $100 depending on their condition.