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 Tin Metal Lunch Box Sport Girls Basketball Tea Caddy Tobacco Trinket
Vintage Tin Metal Lunch Box Sport Girls Basketball Tea Caddy Tobacco Trinket
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Vintage 1985 ALADDIN STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE BERRYKIN Metal LUNCH BOX  HOT
Vintage 1985 ALADDIN STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE BERRYKIN Metal LUNCH BOX HOT
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Vintage 1960s Navy Submarine Metal Lunch Box
Vintage 1960s Navy Submarine Metal Lunch Box
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Vintage Metal Lunch Box w Handle and Bail
Vintage Metal Lunch Box w Handle and Bail
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Collectible Vintage 1982 The Dark Crystal Metal Lunch Box  King Seeley Henson
Collectible Vintage 1982 The Dark Crystal Metal Lunch Box King Seeley Henson
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VINTAGE BLACK METAL DOME LUNCH BOX ALLADIN PAT PEND CONSTRUCTION DRILLING MINING
VINTAGE BLACK METAL DOME LUNCH BOX ALLADIN PAT PEND CONSTRUCTION DRILLING MINING
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Vintage  Wild Frontier Metal Lunch Box Spinner Game GO WEST
Vintage Wild Frontier Metal Lunch Box Spinner Game GO WEST
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VINTAGE NFL CONFERENCE METAL LUNCH BOX
VINTAGE NFL CONFERENCE METAL LUNCH BOX
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Vintage 1975 Hong Kong Phooey Metal Lunch Box Hanna Barbera
Vintage 1975 Hong Kong Phooey Metal Lunch Box Hanna Barbera
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Vintage Metal Round School Lunch Bucket Box Applied Owls 4 3 4 x 6 Diameter
Vintage Metal Round School Lunch Bucket Box Applied Owls 4 3 4 x 6 Diameter
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POPEYE vintage metal LUNCH BOX 1980 good condition Sailor Man King Features
POPEYE vintage metal LUNCH BOX 1980 good condition Sailor Man King Features
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1976 NFL metal lunch box vintage
1976 NFL metal lunch box vintage
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Vintage 1955 Wild Bill Hickok and Jingles Metal Lunch Box by Aladden
Vintage 1955 Wild Bill Hickok and Jingles Metal Lunch Box by Aladden
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Vintage Yellow  White Junior Miss Metal Lunch Box by Aladdin
Vintage Yellow White Junior Miss Metal Lunch Box by Aladdin
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Vintage 1950s Metal Lunch Box FOREST GREEN
Vintage 1950s Metal Lunch Box FOREST GREEN
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1960s Vintage Aladdin US Mail Metal Domed Lid Lunch Box
1960s Vintage Aladdin US Mail Metal Domed Lid Lunch Box
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Loungefly Hello kitty Metal Lunch Box Vintage Kitty Head 100 Brand new
Loungefly Hello kitty Metal Lunch Box Vintage Kitty Head 100 Brand new
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Loungefly Hello kitty Vintage Kitty Head Metal Lunch Box 100 Brand new
Loungefly Hello kitty Vintage Kitty Head Metal Lunch Box 100 Brand new
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Vintage GI Joe Action Astronaut Blue Gray Metal Lunch Box 1998 STILL SEALED
Vintage GI Joe Action Astronaut Blue Gray Metal Lunch Box 1998 STILL SEALED
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Collectible Vintage 1973 Rough Rider Motorcycle Metal Lunch Box
Collectible Vintage 1973 Rough Rider Motorcycle Metal Lunch Box
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Vintage Green Metal lunch Box Metal Handles Made by Metal Package Corp New York
Vintage Green Metal lunch Box Metal Handles Made by Metal Package Corp New York
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Vintage aged metal lunch box
Vintage aged metal lunch box
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Vintage Roy Rogers and Dale Evans Double R Bar Ranch Metal Lunch Box
Vintage Roy Rogers and Dale Evans Double R Bar Ranch Metal Lunch Box
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SNOOPY vintage domed metal lunch box 1968 with 3 bonus gifts
SNOOPY vintage domed metal lunch box 1968 with 3 bonus gifts
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VINTAGE 1973 ROUGH RIDER METAL LUNCH BOX MAKE AN OFFER
VINTAGE 1973 ROUGH RIDER METAL LUNCH BOX MAKE AN OFFER
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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
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vintage metal lunch box
vintage metal lunch box
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Vintage Dr Doolittle metal lunch box Alladdin
Vintage Dr Doolittle metal lunch box Alladdin
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Vintage Circa 1966 Captain Astro Metal Lunch Box Ohio Art 12g
Vintage Circa 1966 Captain Astro Metal Lunch Box Ohio Art 12g
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VINTAGE CABBAGE PATCH METAL LUNCH BOX WITH BOTTLE NEW NEVER USED
VINTAGE CABBAGE PATCH METAL LUNCH BOX WITH BOTTLE NEW NEVER USED
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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.