(Your correspondent is under the weather, so for today’s “I Had That”, I’m reposting a blog post from a few years ago.)
Heading out to school in the fall of 1977, I of course wanted a Star Wars lunchbox. I guess there weren’t any yet or something, so my dad helped me make my own. I mentioned it in an earlier post and someone asked about it. Not only can I tell you about it, I can show you pics, since I still have it.
Here are the two main sides (I don’t know what you’d consider the “front” and “back”.)
I believe it was originally a “Dyno-Mutt” lunchbox. First we spray-painted it blue. When that dried, I went to town with pictures I’d cut out of magazines and Star Wars trading cards. We then sprayed it with a clear lacquer, which I think is the only reason it’s still in somewhat good shape.
Pretty sure the movie poster pic was actually a full-page ad from Reader’s Digest. The two cards on that side were two of my favorites, and I wanted that Han Solo one on there so much, I used a “blue” one. I guess that was the only extra one I had? (In those cards, sometimes the picture had a weird blue tint all over it when I suppose something went wrong during printing.)
Here are the two sides:
Judging from how well the R2-D2 pic is cut out, I am assuming I didn’t do it.
Here’s the bottom:
In this picture you can see the dents on the R2-D2 side from when it was taken from me by other kids and kicked around the playground.
And the top:
Yes, I hand-painted the little star and planet on there. And you see what I did with that trading card? STAR WARS IS NUMBER ONE!
So there’s my Star Wars lunchbox from oh, thirty-four years ago. When I die, I will be cremated and it will be used to store my ashes.
When did I get it? All of the trading cards are from the first (blue) set, so this is definitely 1977.
Do I still have it? I do!