Based on the original prototype by Robert O. Burton, Aladdin Industries first produced what we now know as the traditional square shaped metal lunch box with its collapsible handle in 1950. It featured an image of cowboy hero Hopalong Cassidy. This release is what many consider to be the beginning of the Golden Age of lunch boxes.
There were several versions of the Hopalong Cassidy lunch box - including both red and blue lunch boxes, square and scalloped edge images, and thermos bottles with yellow and red tops.
Do you know anyone who owned one of these lunch boxes?