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 Walt Disney Mickey Mouse Skating Party metal lunch box
Vintage Walt Disney Mickey Mouse Skating Party metal lunch box
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VINTAGE 1972 OHIO ART LUNCHBOX SPORT SKWIRTS METAL LUNCH BOX
VINTAGE 1972 OHIO ART LUNCHBOX SPORT SKWIRTS METAL LUNCH BOX
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Vintage Sports Afield Metal Lunch Box
Vintage Sports Afield Metal Lunch Box
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Vintage 1970s Walt Disney World Metal Lunch Box Aladdin Mickey  Friends Bear
Vintage 1970s Walt Disney World Metal Lunch Box Aladdin Mickey Friends Bear
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VINTAGE POPEYE METAL LUNCH BOX ALADDIN GOOD GRAPHICS COLOR
VINTAGE POPEYE METAL LUNCH BOX ALADDIN GOOD GRAPHICS COLOR
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VINTAGE THE MAGIC OF LASSIE METAL LUNCH BOX KING SEELY GOOD GRAPHICS COLOR
VINTAGE THE MAGIC OF LASSIE METAL LUNCH BOX KING SEELY GOOD GRAPHICS COLOR
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VINTAGE HEATHCLIFF METAL LUNCH BOX ALADDIN GOOD GRAPHICS COLOR
VINTAGE HEATHCLIFF METAL LUNCH BOX ALADDIN GOOD GRAPHICS COLOR
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VINTAGE FIREBALL XL5 METAL LUNCH BOX KING SEELY GOOD
VINTAGE FIREBALL XL5 METAL LUNCH BOX KING SEELY GOOD
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VINTAGE USS GEORGE WASHINGTON SEA WOLF NAUTILUS SKIP JACK METAL LUNCH BOX GOOD
VINTAGE USS GEORGE WASHINGTON SEA WOLF NAUTILUS SKIP JACK METAL LUNCH BOX GOOD
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VINTAGE AUTO RACE MAGNETIC GAME KIT METAL LUNCH BOX KING SEELY GOOD
VINTAGE AUTO RACE MAGNETIC GAME KIT METAL LUNCH BOX KING SEELY GOOD
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Vintage Star Wars Metal Lunch Box Hallmark 1999 FACTORY SEALED mini replica
Vintage Star Wars Metal Lunch Box Hallmark 1999 FACTORY SEALED mini replica
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1996 Hello Kitty Metal Tin Can Lunch Box Teddy bear Vintage Retro From Japan
1996 Hello Kitty Metal Tin Can Lunch Box Teddy bear Vintage Retro From Japan
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Vintage 1950s Metal ALADDIN BUTTERFLY DEDUTANTE Lunch Box
Vintage 1950s Metal ALADDIN BUTTERFLY DEDUTANTE Lunch Box
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NEW SEALED 1998 MARVEL COMICS THE AMAZING SPIDER MAN METAL LUNCH BOX VINTAGE
NEW SEALED 1998 MARVEL COMICS THE AMAZING SPIDER MAN METAL LUNCH BOX VINTAGE
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Vintage 1974 Ohio Art Patriotic Drummer Boys Metal Litho Lunch Box Tin NICE
Vintage 1974 Ohio Art Patriotic Drummer Boys Metal Litho Lunch Box Tin NICE
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Haribo Gold Bears Tin Metal Lunch Box Vintage Gold Bears Collectible
Haribo Gold Bears Tin Metal Lunch Box Vintage Gold Bears Collectible
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Vintage Roy Rogers Lunch Box Tin Metal Sign Back to School 1991
Vintage Roy Rogers Lunch Box Tin Metal Sign Back to School 1991
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DISNEYWORLD VINTAGE Metal Lunch Box by Alladin Ind
DISNEYWORLD VINTAGE Metal Lunch Box by Alladin Ind
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VINTAGE 1977 HARDY BOYS MYSTRIES METAL LUNCH BOX
VINTAGE 1977 HARDY BOYS MYSTRIES METAL LUNCH BOX
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Vintage 1979 Walt Disney Prod Aladdin Ind THE BLACK HOLE Tin Metal Lunch Box
Vintage 1979 Walt Disney Prod Aladdin Ind THE BLACK HOLE Tin Metal Lunch Box
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Vintage tin metal lunch box leather snap closure 10 x 7
Vintage tin metal lunch box leather snap closure 10 x 7
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VINTAGE GI JOE ACTION SOLDIER METAL LUNCH BOX
VINTAGE GI JOE ACTION SOLDIER METAL LUNCH BOX
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Vintage 1973 Osmonds metal lunch box and themos
Vintage 1973 Osmonds metal lunch box and themos
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Vintage 1964 Wagon Train metal lunch box
Vintage 1964 Wagon Train metal lunch box
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Vintage 1967 Metal Monroes lunch box
Vintage 1967 Metal Monroes lunch box
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Vintage McDonalds Metal Collectible Lunch Box 1997 Hallmark Exclusive EXCELLENT
Vintage McDonalds Metal Collectible Lunch Box 1997 Hallmark Exclusive EXCELLENT
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Vintage Aladdin Pop Art Lunch Box Metal General Mills Betty Crocker deco modern
Vintage Aladdin Pop Art Lunch Box Metal General Mills Betty Crocker deco modern
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Vintage metal 1981 Holly Hobbie lunch box Aladdin USA
Vintage metal 1981 Holly Hobbie lunch box Aladdin USA
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Hello Kitty Loungefly Vintage Print Metal Lunch Box
Hello Kitty Loungefly Vintage Print Metal Lunch Box
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Metal Lunch Box Vintage Universal Landers Frary  Clark Nice
Metal Lunch Box Vintage Universal Landers Frary Clark Nice
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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.