King Seeley Thermos Curiosity Shop lunchbox
The King Seeley Thermos Curiosity Shop lunchbox is a vintage lunchbox based on the 1970s U.S children’s television show ‘Curiosity Shop’.
‘Curiosity Shop’ was ABC’s answer to Sesame Street, an hour-long educational children’s show featuring puppets and cartoon characters. It took place in a curiosity shop full of old items and relics, along with a host of puppet characters that told visiting children about a wide range of subjects such as history, nature and science.
The show was produced by the celebrated Warner Bros animator Chuck Jones, and featured guest stars including Vincent Price. It was sponsored by Kellogs, and ran for just one season from 1971 until 1972. A lunchbox featuring characters from the show was produced by King Seeley Thermos in 1972.
The King Seeley Thermos Curiosity Shop lunchbox
The box has black borders and a red handle, with colour graphics including illustrations and photographs on the front, back and sides.
The front of the box features the show’s title logo in the shape of a question mark, and an illustration of the shop’s interior and several characters. These include Baron Balthazar, Flip the hippopotamus, Hermione Giraffe, Nostalgia the elephant, the Onomatopoeia, Aarthur the Aardvark and Ole Factory the Bloodhound.
The back of the box features graphics using questions such as What? When? Who? Why? and Where? combined with photographs of the puppets from the show inside different coloured panels.
The sides of the box feature illustrations of the show’s talking computer and the Onomatopoeia making sound effects in a speech bubble, whilst the top features the animated characters Professor S.I. Trivia and Monsueir Cou Cou and the bottom panel features one of the show’s children and Gittle the Witch.
The matching thermos flask has the same graphics as the back of the box.
How much is a King Seeley Thermos Curiosity Shop lunchbox worth?
The obscure nature of the show and is relatively short run (one season) means that the box, whilst fairly rare, is not hugely sought after by collectors. Examples in good condition and complete with their flasks can be found on auction sites like eBay for $10 - $20.