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1976 Red Peanuts Metal Lunchbox and Thermos
Pictured for sale from 1976 is this "Red" Peanuts Metal Lunchbox & Thermos Bottle. The copyright located on one side of the lunchbox is the last copyrighted date, 1965, which is for the Peanuts Characters only. Also stated on this side is---Thermos Division, King-Seeley Thermos Company. This Red Peanuts Lunchbox was made in 1976 and a Yellow Peanuts Lunchbox was made in 1980. The art work on both lunchboxes was done by Nick LoBianco.
On the front of the lunchbox is Charlie Brown on the pitcher’s mound winding up to throw the ball. On the back of the lunchbox is Snoopy the world famous Beagle Scout along with three members of this scout troop marching in step with Snoopy. On both the front and back and on all four sides there is comic strip art from 1950, 52, 58, and 1965.
The metal glass lined thermos bottle that is included is not the thermos that originally came with this lunchbox. The original was a plastic bottle with a Snoopy decal. This thermos was from the 1973 Snoopy Dome Lunchbox and the 1973 and 1975 regular Peanuts Lunchboxes.
**Condition of the Lunchbox: This Peanuts Lunchbox is a 7.5 rating with a 10+ being mint according to the Collector's Guide to Lunchboxes by Carole Bess White & L. M. White. There is no rust to speak of, light surface scratching, minor worn spots, light edge wear, small dents, and minor rim wear. This lunchbox has a rating for rarity of 5 being moderately hard to find and also very desirable. A rating of 10 is considered very rare.
*Front, Back, and Sides: Most of the surface feels wet but there are a few dry areas. There are light surface scratches and moderate edge wear with several tiny edge dings.
*Plastic Handle: The plastic handle is very clean while the metal hardware is slightly tarnished.
*Inside of Lunchbox: The inside of the lunchbox is very clean and bright. On the inside corners of the lunchbox there is light surface wear. Also on the inside of the top lid there is light wear in the corners from opening and closing. There are tiny amounts of surface scratches found on the inside of the lunchbox. Overall the inside is clean and in nice condition.
**Condition of Thermos: There are some surface scratches, the shine is rubbed off of the bottom of the thermos bottle, and a very small amount of rust on the bottom of the thermos bottle.
A youngster must have really enjoyed taking this super cool Charlie Brown Peanuts Lunchbox filled with goodies made by mom to school every day. Growing up in the 1950's, this 6 year old boy had a fantastic Roy Rogers Lunchbox which I proudly took to school. Boy, those were the good old days!!. Along with my lunch I packed a Hersey Candy Bar, some caps for my cap guns, cats eyes marbles, some comic books to exchange at recess, and bubble gum to share with my friends. Today the teacher would be calling the police, and family services because of the dangerous life treating items I brought to school. Oh how times have changed.
A great gift to give to yourself to relieve some childhood memories.
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