King Seeley Thermos Flipper lunchbox
The King Seeley Thermos Flipper lunchbox is a vintage lunchbox based on the popular 1960s U.S television show ‘Flipper’.
‘Flipper’ was a highly popular U.S television show following the adventures of Marine Park Warden Porter Ricks, his two sons Bud and Sandy and their pet bottlenose dolphin Flipper. The show ran for three seasons and 88 episodes from 1964 until 1967, and was originally based on the hit films ‘Flipper’ (1963) and ‘Flipper’s New Adventure’ (1964).
During the mid 1960s a large range of merchandise was created to tie in with the series, ranging from View Master reels and colouring books to comic books, toys, board games and a lunchbox produced in 1966 by King Seeley Thermos.
The King Seeley Thermos Flipper lunchbox
The box has a blue border and a red handle, with colour graphics on the front, back and sides. The front of the box features an illustration of Flipper playing in the water with Porter Ricks and his two sons Sandy and Bud as they toss him a beach-ball.
The reverse of the box shows the trio on a speedboat whilst Flipper swims and jumps alongside them. The sides show images of Porter by a jetty whilst Bud paddles on a red surfboard, Sandy being pulled along through the water whilst holding on to Flipper’s fin, Porter scuba diving alongside Flipper, and Porter sat on a jetty alongside Flipper.
The box came with an accompanying thermos flask, which features the same graphics as the reverse of the box.
How much is a King Seeley Thermos Flipper lunchbox worth?
Boxes in near-mint condition can sell on auction sites such as eBay for over $100 in some circumstances, whilst used examples with wear and tear can bring between $30 - $70 depending on their condition.
The Canadian version of the box is one of the most sought after of all 1960s boxes due to its rarity. Although the graphics are identical their colouring is noticeable darker than U.S versions, and the boxes were issued by King Seeley Canada. As with all Canadian boxes of the period, the Flipper box is far rarer that its U.S counterpart and can sell for several hundred dollars in top condition.