King Seeley Thermos Addams Family lunchbox
The King Seeley Thermos Addams Family lunchbox is a vintage 1970s lunchbox featuring characters from the Addams Family.
The Addams Family started life as a Charles Addams comic strip in The New Yorker in 1938, and has since been adapted for feature films, comic books, television shows, cartoons and a stage musical.
The King Seeley lunchbox was released in 1974 to tie in with the animated cartoon show which ran from 1973 until 1975. It was produced by Hanna-Barbera, who had previously featured the family in an episode of Scooby Doo, and based on the original drawings and character designs of Charles Addams.
The show ran for two seasons, although the second was merely a repeat of the first comprising 16 episodes. A comic book was also released as a tie-in, but this lasted just 3 issues before being cancelled.
The King Seeley Thermos Addams Family lunchbox
The box has a black border and white handle, with colour graphics on the front, back and sides and an accompanying green and yellow thermos flask.
The front of the box shows the family parked up in their unique motor home, resembling their own gothic home with a moat, drawbridge, tower and a circling lightning cloud overhead. Lurch is seen hanging an eight-legged dress out on a washing line, whilst Gomez stretches his arms on the step, Pugsley takes his pet octopus for a walk and Granny cooks up something in her cauldron.
The back of the box shows the family at the beach, with Lurch waterskiing on a gravestone being pulled by an octopus in a rowboat, and Fester emerging from the water holding a trident.
The sides show Fester relaxing on a sun lounger next to the octopus and a vulture, Morticia and Gomez driving through a toll booth whilst Thing pays, and Cousin It playing baseball with the octopus (wearing eight gloves).
The flask is green with a yellow cup/lid, and features drawings of the family members.
How much is a King Seeley Thermos Addams Family lunchbox worth?
The box was the only model ever produced to feature the characters, and as such is sought after by collectors. However, as the box features graphics based on the later cartoon and not the 1960s television series, it is not as popular as other boxes such as the Munsters lunchbox also produced by King Seeley Thermos.
However, top quality examples complete with their flasks can still sell for up to $100 on sites like eBay, with average boxes selling on their own for between $25 - $50 depending on wear and tear.