King Seeley Thermos Partridge Family lunchbox
The King Seeley Thermos Partridge Family lunchbox is a vintage lunchbox based on the 1970s U.S musical-sitcom ‘The Partridge Family’.
The Partridge Family is a U.S sitcom which told the story of widower Shirley Partridge and her musical family who form a band and tour across the United States. The show ran for four seasons, from 1970 until 1974, and produced 96 episodes.
As a musical act, the family had hits in real life although the music and majority of the vocals were performed by session musicians and singers. Shirley Jones and her real life son David Cassidy were the only members of the family to perform on the albums, and Cassidy went on to have a successful career as a solo performer.
The family released several albums and singles, including ‘I Think I Love You’ which reached number 1 on the U.S Billboard chart and sold 5 million copies. The show also produced a wide range of merchandise including dolls, a board game and a lunchbox made by King Seeley Thermos from 1971 until 1973.
In October 2011 David Cassidy sued Sony for royalties based on Partridge Family merchandise bearing his likeness, stating that sale of items had generated in excess of $500 million since the early 1970s.
The King Seeley Thermos Partridge Family lunchbox
The metal lunchbox has a black border and handle, and features colour graphics on all sides. The front of the box features an image of the Partridge family bus below the show’s logo, whilst the reverse depicts the family performing live in matching purple suits in front of a blue stage curtain.
The sides feature the same pattern of colour panels and black borders as the family bus, with each family member appearing in a separate panel.
Boxes were sold with two different matching thermos flasks. The first has a red cup/lid, and features a photographic image of the family performing live, rather than an illustration.
The alternative flask is square and orange, with the panel design featuring illustrations of the family and the show’s logo above it.
How much is a King Seeley Thermos Partridge Family lunchbox worth?
Today the Partridge Family remains popular, as does David Cassidy, and vintage memorabilia relating to the show is sought after by collectors. Top-condition boxes with their flasks intact havbe sold for up to $120 on eBay, whilst used boxes with wear and tear can fetch between $40 - $80 depending on their condition.