Vintage Lunch Boxes

We all know that there isn't a lunch box produced today that can compare to the classics of the 50's, 60's and 70's, when cartoon characters, comic strip heroes, TV stars and musicians were all memorialized in the retro graphics of metal lunch boxes.

Why spend months (or even years) searching locally, when your favorite vintage lunch box is just a few clicks away?

And if the one you're looking for isn't pictured here, our search feature can help you find it.

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Vintage Hand Painted Metal Aladdin Lunch Box Purse
Vintage Hand Painted Metal Aladdin Lunch Box Purse
$17.00 (1 Bid)
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RETURN OF THE JEDI METAL VINTAGE LUNCH BOX 1983 vintage
RETURN OF THE JEDI METAL VINTAGE LUNCH BOX 1983 vintage
$18.99
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Vintage  Wild Frontier Spinner game Metal Lunch BoxGO WESTUSE PENNIES
Vintage Wild Frontier Spinner game Metal Lunch BoxGO WESTUSE PENNIES
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AF Vintage 1983 Aladdin Industries Masters of the Universe Metal Lunch Box
AF Vintage 1983 Aladdin Industries Masters of the Universe Metal Lunch Box
$22.39
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Vintage 1974 Polly Pal Metal Lunch Box King Seeley
Vintage 1974 Polly Pal Metal Lunch Box King Seeley
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VINTAGE TIN METAL CHEINCO HOUSEWARE JEANS PATTERN PICNIC LUNCH BOX SUPERB
VINTAGE TIN METAL CHEINCO HOUSEWARE JEANS PATTERN PICNIC LUNCH BOX SUPERB
$60.00
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Vintage Metal Picnic Basket Lunch Box Yellow Pink Enamel 1950s
Vintage Metal Picnic Basket Lunch Box Yellow Pink Enamel 1950s
$29.99
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1956 ROBIN HOOD METAL LUNCH BOX VINTAGE BY ALADDIN
1956 ROBIN HOOD METAL LUNCH BOX VINTAGE BY ALADDIN
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Vintage 70s Ohio Art Fruit Themed Oranges Watermelon Houndstooth Metal Lunch Box
Vintage 70s Ohio Art Fruit Themed Oranges Watermelon Houndstooth Metal Lunch Box
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Vintage 1967 Campus Queen King Seeley Metal Lunchbox Lunch Game Box Pink
Vintage 1967 Campus Queen King Seeley Metal Lunchbox Lunch Game Box Pink
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Vintage Fozzie Bear Lunchbox 1979 Muppets Metal Lunch Box 70s Jim Henson
Vintage Fozzie Bear Lunchbox 1979 Muppets Metal Lunch Box 70s Jim Henson
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Hello Kitty Lunch Box 1976 2000 Metal Lunch Box Vintage
Hello Kitty Lunch Box 1976 2000 Metal Lunch Box Vintage
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VINTAGE DUKES OF HAZARD METAL LUNCH BOX 1980
VINTAGE DUKES OF HAZARD METAL LUNCH BOX 1980
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THE BEATLES YELLOW SUBMARINE LUNCH BOX 1968 METAL KING SEELEY VINTAGE
THE BEATLES YELLOW SUBMARINE LUNCH BOX 1968 METAL KING SEELEY VINTAGE
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CARE BEARS VINTAGE TIN METAL WHITE BLUE LUNCH BOX ALADDIN
CARE BEARS VINTAGE TIN METAL WHITE BLUE LUNCH BOX ALADDIN
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vintage metal lunch box
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VINTAGE 1961 WALT DISNEY SCHOOL BUS METAL ALADDIN INDUSTRIES LUNCH BOX MICKEY
VINTAGE 1961 WALT DISNEY SCHOOL BUS METAL ALADDIN INDUSTRIES LUNCH BOX MICKEY
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STAR WARS METAL TIN VINTAGE LOOK LUNCH BOX WILLIAMS SONOMA
STAR WARS METAL TIN VINTAGE LOOK LUNCH BOX WILLIAMS SONOMA
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Vintage Pac Man 1980 square tin metal lunch box
Vintage Pac Man 1980 square tin metal lunch box
$15.00
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Wizard of OZ Vintage Artwork Dome Tin Metal Lunch Box Brand New Collectible
Wizard of OZ Vintage Artwork Dome Tin Metal Lunch Box Brand New Collectible
$9.99
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VINTAGE TV RAGGEDY ANN and ANDY ALADDIN METAL LUNCH BOX ESTATE FIND TR
VINTAGE TV RAGGEDY ANN and ANDY ALADDIN METAL LUNCH BOX ESTATE FIND TR
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Disney Vintage Metal 101 Dalmatians Lunch Box Only
Disney Vintage Metal 101 Dalmatians Lunch Box Only
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Three Piece Lot Vintage Metal Lunch Box and Bear Heart Valentine
Three Piece Lot Vintage Metal Lunch Box and Bear Heart Valentine
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Vintage 1977 Close Encounters Of Third Kind Metal Lunch Box Columbia King Seeley
Vintage 1977 Close Encounters Of Third Kind Metal Lunch Box Columbia King Seeley
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Vintage Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Metal Lunch Box w Spinning Game N237
Vintage Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Metal Lunch Box w Spinning Game N237
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Vintage 1982 Dark Crystal Metal Lunch Box Muppet Jim Henson Frank Oz King Seeley
Vintage 1982 Dark Crystal Metal Lunch Box Muppet Jim Henson Frank Oz King Seeley
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Gunsmoke 1972 Vintage Aladdin Metal Lunch Box Good Handle and Latch
Gunsmoke 1972 Vintage Aladdin Metal Lunch Box Good Handle and Latch
$39.99 (1 Bid)
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Vintage Retro Collectible Blue Metal Lunch Instruments Hand Box Decorative
Vintage Retro Collectible Blue Metal Lunch Instruments Hand Box Decorative
$32.00
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Upcycled Vintage Metal Dome Lunch Box Decoupaged with 1940s Flower
Upcycled Vintage Metal Dome Lunch Box Decoupaged with 1940s Flower
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1956 ROBIN HOOD METAL LUNCH BOX VINTAGE BY ALADDIN
1956 ROBIN HOOD METAL LUNCH BOX VINTAGE BY ALADDIN
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In the mid-19th century, basic lunch pails began to evolve from simple food containers to what would eventually become the lithographed metal lunch boxes that came out of the 1950s, 60s and 70s.

It was in 1950 that Aladdin introduced the first lunch box to feature a TV character; Hopalong Cassidy. The increased popularity of television throughout the 50s encouraged manufacturers to produce lunch boxes that catered to a school aged audience. They featured popular TV and comic strip characters and housed glass-lined thermoses that matched the theme.

By 1985, metal was phased out for plastic and vinyl, so these vintage lunch boxes, once carried to school by millions of students in the 50s and 60s, are much sought after today.