King Seeley Thermos Nancy Drew Mysteries lunchbox
The King Seeley Thermos Nancy Drew Mysteries lunchbox is a vintage lunchbox based on the 1970s U.S television series ‘The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries’.
‘The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries’ was a U.S television series featuring both sets of characters in alternating (and sometimes crossover) episodes. Both sets of characters had been conceived by Edward Stratemeyer in the 1920s and 30s, and had previously appeared in their own separate long-running book series’.
The show ran for three seasons and 46 episodes from 1977 until 1979, but the character of Nancy Drew was slowly relegated to a guest star during the second season and removed altogether for the third (as the show was renamed ‘The Hardy Boy Mysteries’). A lunch box was produced by King Seeley Thermos to tie in with the first season of the show in 1977.
The King Seeley Thermos Nancy Drew Mysteries lunchbox
The lunchbox is red, with comic book-style graphics on the front, back and sides. The image on the front of the box features an image of Nancy’s face created in four colour tones, which merges into an image of her struggling with a criminal on a cliff top, and her investigating by torchlight with one of the Hardy Boys near an old lighthouse whilst lightning strikes in the distance. The name of the show is printed in white lettering in the bottom left-hand corner. This image is also repeated on the reverse of the box.
The two sides feature illustrations of Nancy trying to open a locked door with the help of her friend George Fayne, and Nancy descending a set of stairs by torchlight (with a manacled skeleton in the background). There are no graphics on the top or bottom of the box.
The lunchbox was sold with a matching red thermos flask, featuring a variation of the front cover graphics on one side only.
How much is a King Seeley Thermos Nancy Drew Mysteries lunchbox worth?
Boxes in good condition and complete with their thermos flasks can sell for $40 - $50 on auction sites such as eBay, with average boxes (including wear and tear) fetching $10 - $20.