Vintage 1948 metal lunchbox featuring depictions of Joe, Humphrey, and Little Max.
Created by Ham Fisher in 1921, by 1948 the comic strip was ranked as one of the 5 most popular newspaper comic strips.
The box is signed on the top "Ham Fisher, New York". It measures 7 inches side to side, 4.75 inches front to back, and is 4 inches tall.
The colors and graphics are still vibrant. The handles are in working condition.
I purchased it at an estate sale. When I obtained it there was a small child's cup inside, I believe made of aluminum. One side of the cup says "Old Mother Hubbard" and shows a lady and her dog standing in front of a cupboard. The other side says "The Cow Jumped Over The Moon" and shows a cow and a moon. I don't believe that this child's cup originally came with the lunch box, but it was in there when I purchased it so I will send it along also. It appears that the cup may have had some dents around the upper lip, but someone has straightened them out fairly well.
CONDITION of the lunch box:
There are no major dents. There are some small scrapes which should be expected on a child's item that's over 71 years old. As you can see in my photos below, there are spots of rust. The worst spot is on the lid, lower right corner. I'm told that steel wool will remove rust, but I've never used that so would prefer to leave that for the new owner.
EXPLANATION OF SHIPPING CHARGES:
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That being said, buyer to pay no more than $9.95 for USPS Priority Mail delivery charges, again, possibly less depending on your location.
SHIPPING CHARGE INFO:
I do combine shipping on multiple items purchased. However, my web host is not set up to calculate multiple item shipping costs. At checkout, you will be charged full shipping price on each item purchased and I will refund the appropriate amount of overpayment. If you are uncomfortable with that, you can send me an email with your zip code and stating which items you'll be purchasing and I'll calculate the correct combined shipping charges and send you a custom invoice.
Also, every January the postal service increases shipping charges. This year, many price increases were a bit steep with some package categories adding as much as a dollar on to an already high shipping charge. I try to absorb some of the new charges but that's getting harder with each increase.
International shipping charges also took a tremendous leap. International shipping will now depend on the country. Buyer must contact seller for international shipping charges before making a purchase. Seller reserves the right to void any international transactions where contact has not been made prior to purchasing.
All items in my listings come from either estate or garage sales. I do not know if they came from homes where smoking or pets were present. All items are sold in the same condition as when I received them.