Superman to The Fonz: Vintage lunchbox collection on sale
Updated : 2018-09-28 13:25:59
Look, up on the shelf! It's Superman. There's the king of the wild frontier himself, Davy Crockett. And over in that case is Davy Crockett again, except this time he's Daniel Boone. And aaaaay! It's The Fonz and the whole "Happy Days" family!
A veteran auctioneer has on display a baby boomer delight: hundreds of vintage lunchboxes featuring the heroes of their childhood's comic books, TV shows, cartoon strips, movies and more.
"I've never had anything like this," said J. Louis Karp, whose family-run business has been part of Cincinnati since the first years after the Civil War. "This is quite different."
Karp regularly sells large estates loaded with rare artwork, antique furniture and collectibles. He has sold vintage lunchboxes before, but never so many. The private collection's proceeds will benefit younger generations of the owner's family.
There are lunchboxes with the late actor Fess Parker, who played Crockett and Boone in separate TV series. There is "The Brady Bunch" and "The Partridge Family." ''The Addams Family" and "The Munsters." ''Nancy Drew" and "The Hardy Boys." The Bee Gees and Bobby Sherman.
There are lesser-known ones: "Korg 70,000 B.C." ''The Guns of Will Sonnett." ''Goober and the Ghost Chasers."