Lunch Box, "Tom Corbett, Space Cadet"


Display Status:

This object is on display in the James S. McDonnell Space Hangar at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA.

Lunch Box, "Tom Corbett, Space Cadet"

Collection Item Summary:

This "Tom Corbett, Space Cadet" lunch box, manufactured by Aladdin Industries beginning in 1952, was only the second television character lunch box ever created. The plain red metal box's only illustration is a decal featuring "Tom Corbett, Space Cadet," the star of a space adverture series that played out in daily and Sunday comic strips, on the radio, and on television. Just two years after the company's success with the first ever television character lunchbox featuring cowboy Hopalong Cassidy, this lunchbox began Aladdin's long-standing strategy of marketing lunchboxes using popular characters -- and promoting mass media programming using lunchboxes.

The lunchbox and its accompanying insulated bottle were given to the Museum by Aladdin Industries in 2008.

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Credit Line

Gift of Aladdin Industries, L.L.C.

Country of Origin

United States of America




3-D: 21.6 x 8.9 x 19.1cm (8 1/2 x 3 1/2 x 7 1/2 in.)

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum

Restrictions & Rights

Do not reproduce without permission from the Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum


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