The Face on the Lunch Box
April 17, 2020 | 11:00 - 12:00 PM
100 Years of Character Products
Mickey Mouse watches, Batman pajamas, Little Mermaid lunch boxes, and Sesame Street toys fill children’s bedrooms. Adults proudly wear Looney Tunes T-shirts, eat Cocoa Pebbles cereal, furnish bathrooms with Snoopy shower curtains, and answer calls on Garfield telephones. As this lecture demonstrates, the pattern of using make-believe characters to sell products and services is not new. It’s been a part of American commerce for more than a hundred years. Discover some of the surprising ways that character products have invaded our homes, infiltrated our lives, and become one of the dominant forms of merchandise. Presented by Chris Bensch of The Strong Museum.
- Free: Registration is requested