Aladdin Gunsmoke lunchbox
An Aladdin Gunsmoke lunchbox is a vintage collectible lunchbox based on the long-running U.S television Western show ‘Gunsmoke’.
Gunsmoke is a celebrated U.S television show, and one of the longest-running television dramas in the world. Starting off as a popular radio serial in 1952, Gunsmoke transferred to television on the CBS network in 1955. The radio version ended in 1961, but the television version ran until 1975, racking 20 seasons and 635 episodes.
The show is regularly heralded as one of the best American shows of all time, and spawned a wide range of products from comic books and novels to board games and toys. The characters have appeared on trading cards and been made into dolls and action figures, as well as featuring on two Aladdin lunchboxes.
Aladdin Gunsmoke lunchboxes
Aladdin produced two Gunsmoke lunchboxes during the show’s 20-year run. The first was released in 1959, with second produced in 1972. Both feature different graphics on the front, back and sides of the box.
The 1959 box features an image of Matt Dillon and Chester Goode firing at robbers as they attempt to hold up the Dodge City Bank. It also includes the ‘Gunsmoke’ logo, beneath which is written ‘Matt Dillon, U.S Marshall’. The back of the box shows the pair riding horses in pursuit of bandits, whilst the owner of an attacked wagon shows them the way. The sides of the box depict scenes of Dodge City including buildings, coaches and rowdy bandits.
The box also included a metal flask with a red lid, and an image featuring Dillon pointing his gun at an outlaw along with a speeding horse-drawn wagon.
The 1972 box has a dark brown border, and its artwork features a noticeably older Dillon, accompanied by Deputy Festus Haggen. On the front of the box they are depicted riding their horses in a close-up, whilst the back shows them driving a coach and defending it from chasing bandits. The sides of the box all feature a brown filigree pattern, and the accompanying flask has a brown lid along with an image of the pair in a shootout with a gang of bank-robbers.
How much is an Aladdin Gunsmoke lunchbox worth?
As with many Western-themed vintage boxes, both versions of the Gunsmoke lunchbox are highly sought after by collectors.
On auction sites such as eBay, the earlier box can sell for up to $150 in top condition when complete with its thermos flask. Used examples with wear and tear can sell for $50 - $75 depending on their condition.
Prices are relatively similar for the 1972 box, although the best-condition examples can sell for slightly higher prices. A rare unused mint-condition box complete with its tags sold in September 2011 for $275.
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