King Seeley Thermos Family Affair lunchbox
The King Seeley Thermos Family Affair lunchbox is a vintage lunchbox based on the U.S sitcom ‘Family Affair’.
Family Affair is an American sitcom which ran on CBS for five seasons and 138 episodes from 1966 until 1971.
It told the story of wealthy bachelor Bill Davies, who is forced to look after his brother’s three children (Buffy, Jody and Cissy) after their parents die in a car accident. He is helped by his English valet Mr Giles French, who unwittingly becomes the children’s nanny, along with a number of other characters including part-time housekeeper Emily Turner and Miss Haversham.
A tie-in lunchbox was produced by King Seeley Thermos in 1969.
The King Seeley Thermos Family Affair lunchbox
The lunchbox has a black border and handle, with colour graphics on the front, back and sides. It also contains a thermos flask with a red lid/cup and wraparound graphics.
The front of the box depicts Buffy sat at a table, celebrating her birthday with a cake along with her doll Mrs Beasley. Her older sister Cissy stands behind her holding a stack of presents.
The reverse of the box shows Buffy and her brother Jody sailing a toy boat in the water whilst stood on stepping stones, whilst Cissy and their Uncle Bill watch from a picnic blanket on a grassy hill.
The sides of the box show Bill talking to Buffy and her doll, Cissy and Buffy playing a game, and Jody and Buffy hiding under a bed.
The matching thermos flask features the same image as the front of the lunchbox.
How much is a King Seeley Thermos Family Affair lunchbox worth?
The box is not hugely rare, but a popular addition for vintage lunchbox collectors. Top-quality boxes with their thermos flasks intact can sell for upwards of $120, whilst most average examples fetch $40 - $70 depending on their condition.
Boxes without flasks can be found for $20 - $30.