King Seeley Thermos Chan Clan lunchbox
The King Seeley Thermos Chan Clan lunchbox is a vintage lunchbox based on the 1970s Hanna-Barbera cartoon ‘The Chan Clan’.
‘The Amazing Chan and the Chan Clan’ was a cartoon series produced by Hanna-Barbera, based on the character Charlie Chan. The show featured the famous Chinese-American detective, created in 1919 by Earl Derr Biggers, as he travelled around the world solving mysteries with the help of his ten children. These children also had their own musical group, known as ‘The Chan Clan’, which would perform a song in each episode.
The show only ran for one season, lasting 16 episodes, from September to December 1972. A tie-in comic book was also published by Gold Key Comics, but only lasted for four issues, and a lunchbox featuring the characters was produced by the company King Seeley Thermos in 1973 (despite the show having been cancelled).
The King Seeley Thermos Chan Clan lunchbox
The lunchbox has a yellow rim and handle, and features various images of the characters on the front, reverse and sides. The front of the box features Tom and Suzie Chan being startled by their dog wearing a Chinese dragon mask, with the reverse showing the family aiding their father in a search for clues in a study room.
The sides of the box show various scenes of the children involved in adventures, such as being chased by a skeleton and investigating a haunted mine. The bottom of the box has a close-up of each of the characters.
The box also featured a yellow thermos flask featuring pictures of all the children’s faces.
How much is a King Seeley Thermos Chan Clan lunchbox worth?
The Chan Clan lunchbox is relatively rare, due to the short-lived nature of the cartoon series. Good condition examples with their thermos flasks can sell for up to $100 on auction sites like eBay, whereas used or scratched boxes without their flasks usually sell for around $20 - $40.