King Seeley Thermos Munsters lunchbox
The King Seeley Thermos Munsters lunchbox is a vintage lunchbox based on the 1960s U.S television show ‘The Munsters’.
The Munsters was a popular U.S television comedy show which ran for 70 episodes from 1964 until 1966. It featured a family of ‘monsters’ based on the Universal horror characters such as Frankenstein’s Monster, Dracula and the Wolfman, portrayed as an American blue-collar family.
The show was shown on CBS as a rival to the similar horror-themed sitcom ‘The Addams Family’ on ABC during the same period (64-66). The Munsters gained higher viewing figures, despite the Addams Family previously appearing in a popular comic strip, and spawned a range of merchandise including a popular Herman Munster doll and a lunchbox produced by King Seeley Thermos in 1965.
The King Seeley Thermos Munsters lunchbox
The lunchbox has a black rim and handle, with colourful graphics on the front, back and sides (ironic as the program itself was filmed in black-and-white).
The front of the box depicts the family in their Munster Koach, with their house in the background, with the reverse showing the family at home – Herman sat in an electric chair, Grandpa using his powers to make a checker piece float across the board, and Eddie sat in the rafters with his stuffed toy Werewolf.
The sides show Herman digging in the garden, grandpa mixing up a potion in his cauldron, and the close-up faces of the characters with their names underneath. These faces are also repeated on the matching green thermos flask.
How much is a King Seeley Thermos Munsters lunchbox worth?
The Munsters lunchbox is highly sought after and collectible today, due to the popularity of the show and the high-quality, colourful artwork on the box.
Top quality examples with their thermos flasks intact have sold at auction for more than $300, with boxes regularly selling on eBay for around $200 (in some cases without their flasks).
Boxes with rust, dents and scratches can still sell for $40 - $100.