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 The Rocky Horror Picture Show Lunch Box Metal Tin Black And Red
Vintage The Rocky Horror Picture Show Lunch Box Metal Tin Black And Red
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1962 VINTAGE METAL BULLWINKLE LUNCH BOX WOW
1962 VINTAGE METAL BULLWINKLE LUNCH BOX WOW
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SESAME STREET METAL LUNCH BOX VINTAGE 1983
SESAME STREET METAL LUNCH BOX VINTAGE 1983
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Mickey Mouse walt disney metal lunch box vintageworld on icewonderful world
Mickey Mouse walt disney metal lunch box vintageworld on icewonderful world
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Vintage 1970s Ohio Art See America metal lunch box
Vintage 1970s Ohio Art See America metal lunch box
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Vintage 1958 Astronaut Rocket Satellite Toroidial Space Station Metal Lunch Box
Vintage 1958 Astronaut Rocket Satellite Toroidial Space Station Metal Lunch Box
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Vintage Woven Gold Metal Basket Lunch Box Purse Hand Bag Lucite Handle
Vintage Woven Gold Metal Basket Lunch Box Purse Hand Bag Lucite Handle
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VINTAGE 1980 PAC MAN METAL LUNCH BOX
VINTAGE 1980 PAC MAN METAL LUNCH BOX
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DISNEY ON PARADE VINTAGE METAL LUNCH BOX ALADDIN MICKEY MOUSE 1970 ONE OWNER
DISNEY ON PARADE VINTAGE METAL LUNCH BOX ALADDIN MICKEY MOUSE 1970 ONE OWNER
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Vintage Bazooka Bubble Gum Topps Baseball Cards Metal Lunch Box
Vintage Bazooka Bubble Gum Topps Baseball Cards Metal Lunch Box
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Care Bears Vintage Metal Lunch Box
Care Bears Vintage Metal Lunch Box
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Walt Disney Wonderful World World On Ice Vintage Metal Lunch Box
Walt Disney Wonderful World World On Ice Vintage Metal Lunch Box
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Star Wars The Empire Strikes Back Vintage Metal Lunch Box
Star Wars The Empire Strikes Back Vintage Metal Lunch Box
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Vintage Metal Lunch Box American Patriots Drummer Boy Flag 1974 N212
Vintage Metal Lunch Box American Patriots Drummer Boy Flag 1974 N212
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VINTAGE 60s ALADDIN US MAIL MAIL BOX DOME METAL LUNCH BOX
VINTAGE 60s ALADDIN US MAIL MAIL BOX DOME METAL LUNCH BOX
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Vintage Iconic 1776 Metal Bicentenial Lunch Box USA 4th of July Great Colors
Vintage Iconic 1776 Metal Bicentenial Lunch Box USA 4th of July Great Colors
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Vintage 1979 Buck Rogers Metal Lunch Box Good Condition
Vintage 1979 Buck Rogers Metal Lunch Box Good Condition
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Vintage 1996 Sanrio Hello Kitty Red Plaid Metal Tin Lunch Storage Box w Handle
Vintage 1996 Sanrio Hello Kitty Red Plaid Metal Tin Lunch Storage Box w Handle
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Vintage Bazooka Bubble Gum Topps Baseball Cards Metal Lunch Box 1990
Vintage Bazooka Bubble Gum Topps Baseball Cards Metal Lunch Box 1990
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Vintage 1980 The Legend of the Lone Ranger Metal Lunch Box
Vintage 1980 The Legend of the Lone Ranger Metal Lunch Box
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VINTAGE METAL LUNCH BOX ART DECO PERIOD HAND DECORATED
VINTAGE METAL LUNCH BOX ART DECO PERIOD HAND DECORATED
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1960s Vintage Metal Plaid Lunch Box made in the USA
1960s Vintage Metal Plaid Lunch Box made in the USA
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Vintage Lassie Metal Lunch Box
Vintage Lassie Metal Lunch Box
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Vintage LASSIE MINI TIN METAL LUNCH BOX THE TIN BOX COMPANY GREAT COND
Vintage LASSIE MINI TIN METAL LUNCH BOX THE TIN BOX COMPANY GREAT COND
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Mary Poppins metal lunch box Disney 1964 vintage collection original
Mary Poppins metal lunch box Disney 1964 vintage collection original
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Vintage PARA MEDIC Unit 45 Emergency Metal Lunch Box Style Kids Toy By Ohio Art
Vintage PARA MEDIC Unit 45 Emergency Metal Lunch Box Style Kids Toy By Ohio Art
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1997 Scrabble Collectible Mini Metal Lunch Box VINTAGE W WOODEN LETTER TILES
1997 Scrabble Collectible Mini Metal Lunch Box VINTAGE W WOODEN LETTER TILES
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Scrabble Vintage Mini Metal Lunch Box LunchBox 5 1 2 x 4 3 4 Collectible Tin
Scrabble Vintage Mini Metal Lunch Box LunchBox 5 1 2 x 4 3 4 Collectible Tin
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OLD VINTAGE RED METAL LUNCH BOX
OLD VINTAGE RED METAL LUNCH BOX
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Vintage 1980 Aladdin PAC MAN Metal Lunch Box Bally Midway Mfg Co
Vintage 1980 Aladdin PAC MAN Metal Lunch Box Bally Midway Mfg Co
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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.