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 1979 MUPPETS METAL LUNCH BOX W KERMIT ON THE BACK
VINTAGE 1979 MUPPETS METAL LUNCH BOX W KERMIT ON THE BACK
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Vintage Aladdin Popeye Metal Lunchbox 1982 Popeye lunch box
Vintage Aladdin Popeye Metal Lunchbox 1982 Popeye lunch box
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VINTAGE STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE METAL LUNCH BOX STORAGE BOX w HANDLES 1982
VINTAGE STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE METAL LUNCH BOX STORAGE BOX w HANDLES 1982
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Vintage Metal Lunch Box Floral by Ohio Art
Vintage Metal Lunch Box Floral by Ohio Art
$19.95
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VINTAGE PINK PANTHER  SONS METAL LUNCH BOX VG COND
VINTAGE PINK PANTHER SONS METAL LUNCH BOX VG COND
$39.95
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Beavis and Butthead Metal Tin Lunch Box Gum Cool Vintage NEW Carrier Worksman
Beavis and Butthead Metal Tin Lunch Box Gum Cool Vintage NEW Carrier Worksman
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VINTAGE NFL CONFERENCE METAL LUNCH BOX
VINTAGE NFL CONFERENCE METAL LUNCH BOX
$20.00
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Vintage 1960s Skippy Peanut Butter Metal Lunch Box Original Owner
Vintage 1960s Skippy Peanut Butter Metal Lunch Box Original Owner
$65.00
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Vintage Alladin Retro Metal Work Industrial Black Dome Lunch Box org handle
Vintage Alladin Retro Metal Work Industrial Black Dome Lunch Box org handle
$17.50
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Vintage Industrial Aladdin Memphis Tennessee Black Metal Lunch Box
Vintage Industrial Aladdin Memphis Tennessee Black Metal Lunch Box
$16.00
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Vintage 1960 Lawman Metal Lunch Box With Free Shipping
Vintage 1960 Lawman Metal Lunch Box With Free Shipping
$59.99
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Vintage 1960 Paladin Have Gun Will Travel Metal Lunch Box with FREE Shipping
Vintage 1960 Paladin Have Gun Will Travel Metal Lunch Box with FREE Shipping
$89.99
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Vintage ET Extra Terrestrial Metal Tin Lunch Box Large Wear
Vintage ET Extra Terrestrial Metal Tin Lunch Box Large Wear
$23.75 (10 Bids)
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VINTAGE 1954 HOWDY LUNCH BOX WIDE METAL BAND ADCO LIBERTY
VINTAGE 1954 HOWDY LUNCH BOX WIDE METAL BAND ADCO LIBERTY
$99.99
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Disney Vintage Metal 101 Dalmatians Lunch Box Only
Disney Vintage Metal 101 Dalmatians Lunch Box Only
$12.73
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VINTAGE SATELLITE LUNAR SPACE METAL LUNCH BOX 1960 Made in Conn
VINTAGE SATELLITE LUNAR SPACE METAL LUNCH BOX 1960 Made in Conn
$33.00
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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
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1980 Vintage Strawberry Shortcake Metal Lunchbox Lunch Box with Handle
1980 Vintage Strawberry Shortcake Metal Lunchbox Lunch Box with Handle
$9.50
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Vintage 1974 Lunchbox Leon Jason King Seeley Metal Polly Pal Lunch Box Handle
Vintage 1974 Lunchbox Leon Jason King Seeley Metal Polly Pal Lunch Box Handle
$9.50
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Vintage Knight Rider Metal School Lunch Box 1982 83 Universal City Studios
Vintage Knight Rider Metal School Lunch Box 1982 83 Universal City Studios
$99.99
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Vintage Gremlins Metal School Lunch Box Warner Bros 1984 Aladdin Very Clean
Vintage Gremlins Metal School Lunch Box Warner Bros 1984 Aladdin Very Clean
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Vintage Muppets Metal School Lunch Box Jim Hensons 1979 Very Clean
Vintage Muppets Metal School Lunch Box Jim Hensons 1979 Very Clean
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Gunsmoke vintage metal lunch box 1973
Gunsmoke vintage metal lunch box 1973
$44.95 (1 Bid)
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Vintage Star Wars Return of the Jedi Metal School Lunch Box 1983 Very Clean
Vintage Star Wars Return of the Jedi Metal School Lunch Box 1983 Very Clean
$99.99
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Dick Tracy vintage metal lunch box 1962
Dick Tracy vintage metal lunch box 1962
$27.95
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Lassie Black Beauty vintage metal lunch box 1962
Lassie Black Beauty vintage metal lunch box 1962
$16.95
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Vintage Cutesy Red Barn domed metal lunch box 1971
Vintage Cutesy Red Barn domed metal lunch box 1971
$23.95
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Vintage Globe Metal Lunch Box With Leather Handle Working Mans Lunch Box
Vintage Globe Metal Lunch Box With Leather Handle Working Mans Lunch Box
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4 Vintage metal lunch box lot 2
4 Vintage metal lunch box lot 2
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Vintage 1971 Lidsville Metal Lunch Box
Vintage 1971 Lidsville Metal Lunch Box
$19.99 (1 Bid)
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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.