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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MINI MONOPOLY LUNCH BOX METAL VINTAGE REALLY CUTEEXCELLENT CONDITION
MINI MONOPOLY LUNCH BOX METAL VINTAGE REALLY CUTEEXCELLENT CONDITION
$7.78
Vintage Aladdin metal lunch box
Vintage Aladdin metal lunch box
$9.00
VINTAGE JUNIOR MISS METAL LUNCH BOX 1973 great find
VINTAGE JUNIOR MISS METAL LUNCH BOX 1973 great find
$5.99
1968 SNOOPY LUNCH BOX METAL VINTAGE ORIGINAL
1968 SNOOPY LUNCH BOX METAL VINTAGE ORIGINAL
$24.00
SPONGEBOX SQUAREPANTS LUNCH BOX SCHOOL METAL CHILD RECESS DINNER VINTAGE OLD
SPONGEBOX SQUAREPANTS LUNCH BOX SCHOOL METAL CHILD RECESS DINNER VINTAGE OLD
$9.99
Vintage 10 Black Dome Metal V Lunch Box Great Patina
Vintage 10 Black Dome Metal V Lunch Box Great Patina
$17.99
VINTAGE METAL LUNCHBOX LUNCH BOX CARRY ALL TIN CHILDREN PLAYING
VINTAGE METAL LUNCHBOX LUNCH BOX CARRY ALL TIN CHILDREN PLAYING
$19.99
The Man From Uncle 1966 Vintage Metal Lunch Box
The Man From Uncle 1966 Vintage Metal Lunch Box
$25.00
VINTAGE METAL LUNCHBOX LUNCH BOX CARRY ALL OREO RITZ BITS ANIMAL CRACKERS
VINTAGE METAL LUNCHBOX LUNCH BOX CARRY ALL OREO RITZ BITS ANIMAL CRACKERS
$9.99
VINTAGE OLD TRIANGULAR METAL TIN LUNCHBOX LUNCH BOX w GIRL  FLORAL DECORATION
VINTAGE OLD TRIANGULAR METAL TIN LUNCHBOX LUNCH BOX w GIRL FLORAL DECORATION
$59.99
Vintage Animal Friends Metal Lunch Box
Vintage Animal Friends Metal Lunch Box
$9.99
VINTAGE 1952 TOM CORBETT  SPACE CADET  METAL LUNCH BOX
VINTAGE 1952 TOM CORBETT SPACE CADET METAL LUNCH BOX
$69.99
Vintage Germany Tin Child Lunch Box FOREIGN Metal Bag w Happy Kids 1940
Vintage Germany Tin Child Lunch Box FOREIGN Metal Bag w Happy Kids 1940
$50.00
VINTAGE CHARLIES ANGELS LUNCH BOX IN Great CONDITION METAL
VINTAGE CHARLIES ANGELS LUNCH BOX IN Great CONDITION METAL
$59.99
Vintage 1957 Sports Afield Metal Lunch Box
Vintage 1957 Sports Afield Metal Lunch Box
$67.50
Vintage GET SMART Metal Lunch Box 1966
Vintage GET SMART Metal Lunch Box 1966
$75.00
VIntage 1930 40s Green Metal Lunch Box Great Item
VIntage 1930 40s Green Metal Lunch Box Great Item
$39.99
Vintage Black Metal Aladdin Dome Top Lunch Box
Vintage Black Metal Aladdin Dome Top Lunch Box
$13.49
Vintage The Double Deckers metal lunch box no handle by Aladdin
Vintage The Double Deckers metal lunch box no handle by Aladdin
$19.99
vintage 1968 George Schlatter metal Laugh in lunch box
vintage 1968 George Schlatter metal Laugh in lunch box
$14.99
Vintage Coal Miners Metal Lunch Box
Vintage Coal Miners Metal Lunch Box
$4.99
VINTAGE METAL LUNCH TYPE BOX TV DESIGN
VINTAGE METAL LUNCH TYPE BOX TV DESIGN
$2.99
Vintage Large Empeco Metal Lunch Box
Vintage Large Empeco Metal Lunch Box
$5.99
Old Vintage Metal Dome Lunch Box Red White  Blue Design LunchBox
Old Vintage Metal Dome Lunch Box Red White Blue Design LunchBox
$13.88
1997 GI JOE Vintage Metal Lunch Box Top hing missing
1997 GI JOE Vintage Metal Lunch Box Top hing missing
$5.00
Vintage Metal Lunch Box SESAME STREET MUPPETS 1983 CTW
Vintage Metal Lunch Box SESAME STREET MUPPETS 1983 CTW
$33.75
Vintage Wild Frontier metal lunch box
Vintage Wild Frontier metal lunch box
$38.99
Vintage Chuck Wagon metal lunch box
Vintage Chuck Wagon metal lunch box
$38.99
Vintage Star Wars metal lunch box and empty puzzle box
Vintage Star Wars metal lunch box and empty puzzle box
$9.99
1954 VINTAGE MICKEY MOUSE METAL LUNCH BOX BY ADCO
1954 VINTAGE MICKEY MOUSE METAL LUNCH BOX BY ADCO
$395.00

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.