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 Masters of the Universe Metal Lunch Box
Vintage Masters of the Universe Metal Lunch Box
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Vintage Secret Wars Metal Lunch Box
Vintage Secret Wars Metal Lunch Box
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Vintage Metal Lunch Box Lot 21 pcs COLLECTION estate group RAMBO etc etc
Vintage Metal Lunch Box Lot 21 pcs COLLECTION estate group RAMBO etc etc
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Vintage Metal 3 Containers Lunch Box Carrier
Vintage Metal 3 Containers Lunch Box Carrier
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Vintage Campus Queen Metal Lunch Box
Vintage Campus Queen Metal Lunch Box
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VINTAGE 1976 GENTLE BEN METAL LUNCH BOX BY ALADDIN INDUSTRIES CLASSIC NICE
VINTAGE 1976 GENTLE BEN METAL LUNCH BOX BY ALADDIN INDUSTRIES CLASSIC NICE
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Vintage 1983 He Man Masters of the Universe Metal Lunch Box
Vintage 1983 He Man Masters of the Universe Metal Lunch Box
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VINTAGE WALT DISNEY PINOCCHIO METAL LUNCH BOX ALADDIN INDUSTRIES
VINTAGE WALT DISNEY PINOCCHIO METAL LUNCH BOX ALADDIN INDUSTRIES
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VINTAGE WALT DISNEY PINOCCHIO METAL LUNCH BOX ALADDIN INDUSTRIES
VINTAGE WALT DISNEY PINOCCHIO METAL LUNCH BOX ALADDIN INDUSTRIES
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VINTAGE 1974 Ohio Art metal lunch box Denim Design Worm in Apple Hi my lunch
VINTAGE 1974 Ohio Art metal lunch box Denim Design Worm in Apple Hi my lunch
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VINTAGE WILD BILL HICKOK METAL LUNCH BOX
VINTAGE WILD BILL HICKOK METAL LUNCH BOX
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VINTAGE COWBOY in AFRICA METAL LUNCH BOX
VINTAGE COWBOY in AFRICA METAL LUNCH BOX
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1979 Vintage Mork and Mindy Lunch Box Metal Robin Williams + 188 Trading Cards
1979 Vintage Mork and Mindy Lunch Box Metal Robin Williams + 188 Trading Cards
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Vintage Aladdin painted floral Metal Dome Lunch box
Vintage Aladdin painted floral Metal Dome Lunch box
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Vintage The Secret of NIMH Metal Lunch Box Aladdin 1982 No Thermo
Vintage The Secret of NIMH Metal Lunch Box Aladdin 1982 No Thermo
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Vintage Schultz Peanuts Metal Lunchbox Lunch Box charlie brown snoopy lucy
Vintage Schultz Peanuts Metal Lunchbox Lunch Box charlie brown snoopy lucy
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Vintage Schultz Peanuts Metal Lunchbox Lunch Box charlie brown snoopy lucy
Vintage Schultz Peanuts Metal Lunchbox Lunch Box charlie brown snoopy lucy
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Vintage Metal Lunch Box RETURN OF THE JEDI
Vintage Metal Lunch Box RETURN OF THE JEDI
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VINTAGE HOLLY HOBBIE METAL LUNCH BOX 1972 WITH THERMO ALADDIN INDUSTRIES TIN
VINTAGE HOLLY HOBBIE METAL LUNCH BOX 1972 WITH THERMO ALADDIN INDUSTRIES TIN
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Vintage Metal Lunch Box PEANUTS Snoopy Schulz
Vintage Metal Lunch Box PEANUTS Snoopy Schulz
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VINTAGE METAL LUNCH BOX FLOWER DESIGN
VINTAGE METAL LUNCH BOX FLOWER DESIGN
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Vintage Nestle Quick Chocolate Milk Bunny Metal Lunch Box
Vintage Nestle Quick Chocolate Milk Bunny Metal Lunch Box
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Vintage Retro Collectible Blue Metal Lunch Instruments Hand Box Decorative
Vintage Retro Collectible Blue Metal Lunch Instruments Hand Box Decorative
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Speed Racer Vintage Metal Lunch Box
Speed Racer Vintage Metal Lunch Box
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VINTAGE 60S METAL MICKEY MOUSE CLUB LUNCH BOX ALADDIN
VINTAGE 60S METAL MICKEY MOUSE CLUB LUNCH BOX ALADDIN
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Tweety Bird Metal Vintage Lunch Box
Tweety Bird Metal Vintage Lunch Box
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Coca Cola Vintage Have A Coke Vending Machine Metal Lunch Box 2002
Coca Cola Vintage Have A Coke Vending Machine Metal Lunch Box 2002
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MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE Metal Lunch Box 1983 Vintage He Man
MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE Metal Lunch Box 1983 Vintage He Man
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Disney School Bus Dome Metal Lunch Box 1968 Vintage
Disney School Bus Dome Metal Lunch Box 1968 Vintage
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Squirt Metal Lunch Box Vintage
Squirt Metal Lunch Box 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.