King Seeley Thermos Wee Pals Kid Power lunchbox
The King Seeley Thermos Wee Pals Kid Power lunchbox is a vintage lunchbox featuring characters from the syndicated U.S cartoon strip ‘Wee Pals’.
‘Wee Pals’ is a U.S cartoon strip created by Morrie Turner in 1965. It was the first nationally-syndicated cartoon strip to featured ethnically diverse characters, and today appears on a daily basis in over 100 newspapers across the country. It follows the adventures of a multiracial gang of children known as ‘The Rainbow Club’, and uses humour to touch on wider social issues.
The characters from the strip appeared in an animated television series called ‘Kid Power’, which ran for 17 episodes from 1972 until 1973. During its run in 1973 a lunchbox featuring the characters was produced to tie in with the show by King Seeley Thermos.
The King Seeley Thermos Wee Pals Kid Power lunchbox
The box has yellow borders, with a red handle and illustrated colour graphics on the front, back and side panels. The front of the box features an image of the gang marching, whilst Diz carries a large placard which reads ‘Wee Pals, Kid Power!’ The back of the box shows some of the boys attempting to play baseball, and being interrupted by Connie and Sybil protesting about women’s rights (demonstrated by Sybil’s ‘Women’s Lib’ placard).
The sides of the box feature several single or multi-panel comic strips featuring the majority of the characters. The matching thermos flask features an image of the characters Diz and Wellington below the title logo.
How much is a King Seeley Thermos Wee Pals Kid Power lunchbox worth?
Despite the long-running nature of the cartoon strip, the box is not widely sought after by collectors and has little rarity value.
Boxes with little or no wear and tear can be found on auction sites such as eBay for around $20, with used boxes selling for $5 - $10 depending on their condition.