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 MILLWRIGHT LUNCH BOX UNION WELDING MACHINIST SHEET METAL RIVET
VINTAGE MILLWRIGHT LUNCH BOX UNION WELDING MACHINIST SHEET METAL RIVET
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Vintage Care Bear Cousins 1985 American Greetings Metal Lunch Box FREE SHIPPING
Vintage Care Bear Cousins 1985 American Greetings Metal Lunch Box FREE SHIPPING
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Vintage Gene Autry Melody Ranch Metal Lunch Box
Vintage Gene Autry Melody Ranch Metal Lunch Box
$79.99
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VINTAGE 1976 THE KROFFT SUPERSHOW METAL LUNCH BOX BY ALADDIN SUPER CLEAN NICE
VINTAGE 1976 THE KROFFT SUPERSHOW METAL LUNCH BOX BY ALADDIN SUPER CLEAN NICE
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Vintage 1977  Wild Frontier Spinner game Metal Lunch Box
Vintage 1977 Wild Frontier Spinner game Metal Lunch Box
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90s Vintage Harley Davidson Motorcycle Lunch Box Metal Tin Case Trinket Box
90s Vintage Harley Davidson Motorcycle Lunch Box Metal Tin Case Trinket Box
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Vintage Walt Disney Sport Goofy Metal Lunchbox Aladdin Lunch Box
Vintage Walt Disney Sport Goofy Metal Lunchbox Aladdin Lunch Box
$10.00
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Vintage 1981 Strawberry Shortcake Metal Lunch Box by Aladdin Industries
Vintage 1981 Strawberry Shortcake Metal Lunch Box by Aladdin Industries
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Vintage Handy Andy Metal Lunch Box Workmans Lunch Box
Vintage Handy Andy Metal Lunch Box Workmans Lunch Box
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Vintage1980 The Legend of the LONE RANGER Metal Lunch Box Aladdin
Vintage1980 The Legend of the LONE RANGER Metal Lunch Box Aladdin
$24.99
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VINTAGE DOME ASTRONAUT METAL LUNCH BOX
VINTAGE DOME ASTRONAUT METAL LUNCH BOX
$89.99
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Marvel Comic Super Heroes vintage metal lunch box 1976
Marvel Comic Super Heroes vintage metal lunch box 1976
$54.50
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Gunsmoke vintage metal lunch box 1973
Gunsmoke vintage metal lunch box 1973
$59.95
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VINTAGE WORLD FAMOUS OHIO ART METAL LUNCH BOX PLAID DESIGN
VINTAGE WORLD FAMOUS OHIO ART METAL LUNCH BOX PLAID DESIGN
$8.99
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Vintage Metal Lunch Box Strawberry Shortcake 1981
Vintage Metal Lunch Box Strawberry Shortcake 1981
$7.00
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Vintage Walt Disney World Mickey Mouse Donald Pluto Metal Lunch Box bears
Vintage Walt Disney World Mickey Mouse Donald Pluto Metal Lunch Box bears
$15.00
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1977 Star Wars Lunch Box vintage metal
1977 Star Wars Lunch Box vintage metal
$19.00
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Vintage 1980 Popeye Metal Lunch Box
Vintage 1980 Popeye Metal Lunch Box
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Vintage Metal Underdog Lunch Box Theres No Need To Fear 1998 GC
Vintage Metal Underdog Lunch Box Theres No Need To Fear 1998 GC
$18.75
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COCA COLA POLAR BEARS METAL LUNCHBOX 1998 EXCELLENT COND LUNCH BOX BEAR VINTAGE
COCA COLA POLAR BEARS METAL LUNCHBOX 1998 EXCELLENT COND LUNCH BOX BEAR VINTAGE
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Vintage Collectable 1996 Hello Kitty Sanrio Metal Tin Purse Lunch Box
Vintage Collectable 1996 Hello Kitty Sanrio Metal Tin Purse Lunch Box
$79.00
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vintage metal lunch box leather look handle
vintage metal lunch box leather look handle
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Vintage 1978 NFL Metal Lunch Box
Vintage 1978 NFL Metal Lunch Box
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vintage metal lunch box
vintage metal lunch box
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VINTAGE 1996 DISNEY MICKEY MOUSE METAL LUNCH BOX CLEAN VERY NICE COLLECTIBLE
VINTAGE 1996 DISNEY MICKEY MOUSE METAL LUNCH BOX CLEAN VERY NICE COLLECTIBLE
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Vintage Metal Lunch Box Chuck E Cheese Children Toy 2006 Collectible Good Cond
Vintage Metal Lunch Box Chuck E Cheese Children Toy 2006 Collectible Good Cond
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Hello Kitty tin metal box lunch case teddy bear horse vintage 1988 by Sanrio
Hello Kitty tin metal box lunch case teddy bear horse vintage 1988 by Sanrio
$35.00
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Vintage 1979 Aladdin Metal Muppets Sesame Street Lunch Box
Vintage 1979 Aladdin Metal Muppets Sesame Street Lunch Box
$3.99
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Vintage1983 Sport Goofy Metal Lunch Box Lunchbox Aladdin
Vintage1983 Sport Goofy Metal Lunch Box Lunchbox Aladdin
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Care Bears Aladdin Metal Lunch Box Made in USA 1980s Vintage
Care Bears Aladdin Metal Lunch Box Made in USA 1980s Vintage
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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.