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 Care Bear Cousins 1985 American Greetings Metal Lunchbox Lunch Box only
Vintage Care Bear Cousins 1985 American Greetings Metal Lunchbox Lunch Box only
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Vintage red white plaid quilt patchwork look Ohio Art metal lunch box
Vintage red white plaid quilt patchwork look Ohio Art metal lunch box
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Vintage Tootsie Roll Mr Owl How Many LicksMetal Lunch BoxExcellent
Vintage Tootsie Roll Mr Owl How Many LicksMetal Lunch BoxExcellent
$15.99 (2 Bids)
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Vintage 1950 Hopalong Cassidy Blue Metal Lunchbox 1st Hopalong Lunch Box
Vintage 1950 Hopalong Cassidy Blue Metal Lunchbox 1st Hopalong Lunch Box
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VINTAGE JOHNNY LIGHTNING LUNCH BOX 1970 METAL
VINTAGE JOHNNY LIGHTNING LUNCH BOX 1970 METAL
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VINTAGE Roy Rogers and Dale Evans Double R Bar Ranch Metal Lunch Box
VINTAGE Roy Rogers and Dale Evans Double R Bar Ranch Metal Lunch Box
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Lot of 5 Vintage Holly Hobbie Mixed Lot Metal Lunch Box Coke Glasses Plate
Lot of 5 Vintage Holly Hobbie Mixed Lot Metal Lunch Box Coke Glasses Plate
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Vintage Disneys Mickey Mouse Club Metal Lunch Box by Aladdin
Vintage Disneys Mickey Mouse Club Metal Lunch Box by Aladdin
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Vintage Red Plaid Aladdin Metal Lunch Box
Vintage Red Plaid Aladdin Metal Lunch Box
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VINTAGE WILD BILL HICKOK METAL LUNCH BOX
VINTAGE WILD BILL HICKOK METAL LUNCH BOX
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Raggedy Ann Andy Vintage metal lunch box
Raggedy Ann Andy Vintage metal lunch box
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1960 VINTAGE PALADIN  HAVE GUN WILL TRAVEL  METAL LUNCH BOX THERMO
1960 VINTAGE PALADIN HAVE GUN WILL TRAVEL METAL LUNCH BOX THERMO
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Vintage 1981 Disneys Fox And The Hound Metal Lunch Box By Aladdin
Vintage 1981 Disneys Fox And The Hound Metal Lunch Box By Aladdin
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Vintage Black Metal Lunch Box used
Vintage Black Metal Lunch Box used
$9.95
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VINTAGE MARY POPPINS  UMBRELLA 1964 DISNEY MOVIE ALADDIN METAL LUNCH BOX 1960s
VINTAGE MARY POPPINS UMBRELLA 1964 DISNEY MOVIE ALADDIN METAL LUNCH BOX 1960s
$10.00 (2 Bids)
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Vintage Gentle Ben metal Lunch Box
Vintage Gentle Ben metal Lunch Box
$12.50
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Vintage Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars Metal Lunch Box Aladdin 1984
Vintage Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars Metal Lunch Box Aladdin 1984
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Vintage Metal Lunch Box WAGS N WHISKERS 1978 CAT  DOG KITTEN  PUPPY
Vintage Metal Lunch Box WAGS N WHISKERS 1978 CAT DOG KITTEN PUPPY
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VINTAGE 1977 KING KONG MOVIE METAL LUNCHBOX LUNCH BOX
VINTAGE 1977 KING KONG MOVIE METAL LUNCHBOX LUNCH BOX
$16.50 (2 Bids)
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Vintage Tin Lunch Box Gray  Green Metal Handle
Vintage Tin Lunch Box Gray Green Metal Handle
$2.99 (1 Bid)
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VINTAGE NFL CONFERENCE METAL LUNCH BOX
VINTAGE NFL CONFERENCE METAL LUNCH BOX
$20.00
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Holly Hobbie Metal Lunch Box 1970s Orange  White Vintage Retro
Holly Hobbie Metal Lunch Box 1970s Orange White Vintage Retro
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Vintage 1973 The Waltons Lunch Box Metal 2 Different Raised Pictures
Vintage 1973 The Waltons Lunch Box Metal 2 Different Raised Pictures
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Vintage Disney MINNIE MOUSE Metal Lunch Box Bag
Vintage Disney MINNIE MOUSE Metal Lunch Box Bag
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Vintage aged metal lunch box
Vintage aged metal lunch box
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Transformers Vintage Lunch Box Metal 1986 1980s Aladdin Hasbro 65 Tall 8 Wide
Transformers Vintage Lunch Box Metal 1986 1980s Aladdin Hasbro 65 Tall 8 Wide
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Vintage 1964 Ohio Art World Traveler Suitcase metal lunch box
Vintage 1964 Ohio Art World Traveler Suitcase metal lunch box
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Vintage Metal Lunch Box Silver  Red With Metal Handle
Vintage Metal Lunch Box Silver Red With Metal Handle
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Plaid Vintage Metal Lunch Box 1964 Red Yellow by King Seeley byTHERMOS
Plaid Vintage Metal Lunch Box 1964 Red Yellow by King Seeley byTHERMOS
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Vintage Hello Kitty Sanrio Picke Bicke Large Metal Tin Lunch Box
Vintage Hello Kitty Sanrio Picke Bicke Large Metal Tin Lunch Box
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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.