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 1973 Raggedy Ann and Andy Metal Lunch Box Bobbs Merrill Co Collectible
Vintage 1973 Raggedy Ann and Andy Metal Lunch Box Bobbs Merrill Co Collectible
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Vintage 1970s Ohio Art Metal Fruit Lunch Box
Vintage 1970s Ohio Art Metal Fruit Lunch Box
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Vintage 1974 Polly Pal Metal Lunch Box King Seeley
Vintage 1974 Polly Pal Metal Lunch Box King Seeley
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DC Comics Superman Metal Lunch Box 1978 Vintage
DC Comics Superman Metal Lunch Box 1978 Vintage
$50.00 (6 Bids)
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Marvel Comics Super Heroes Metal Lunch Box 1976 Vintage
Marvel Comics Super Heroes Metal Lunch Box 1976 Vintage
$50.09 (11 Bids)
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Vintage Cabbage Patch Kids Metal School Lunch Box Kit 1983 Used
Vintage Cabbage Patch Kids Metal School Lunch Box Kit 1983 Used
$12.99
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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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Vintage Bread Lunch Box Tin Metal 12 x 5 1 2
Vintage Bread Lunch Box Tin Metal 12 x 5 1 2
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Campus Queen metal lunch box Vintage 1967
Campus Queen metal lunch box Vintage 1967
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OLD VINTAGE METAL WORK LUNCH BOX 10 1 4X41 2X9
OLD VINTAGE METAL WORK LUNCH BOX 10 1 4X41 2X9
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The Osmonds Metal Lunch Box Vintage
The Osmonds Metal Lunch Box Vintage
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vintage metal NFL lunch box 1975
vintage metal NFL lunch box 1975
$19.95
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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
$34.99 (1 Bid)
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VINTAGE HOLLY HOBBIE METAL LUNCH BOX 1972 ALADDIN INDUSTRIES TIN LUNCHBOX
VINTAGE HOLLY HOBBIE METAL LUNCH BOX 1972 ALADDIN INDUSTRIES TIN LUNCHBOX
$15.00
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VINTAGE ALADDIN METAL LUNCH BOX LOT DUKES OF HAZZARDDISNEY EXPRESSHE MAN LOOK
VINTAGE ALADDIN METAL LUNCH BOX LOT DUKES OF HAZZARDDISNEY EXPRESSHE MAN LOOK
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Vintage MUPPETS Metal Lunch Box
Vintage MUPPETS Metal Lunch Box
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Vintage 1982 RONALD McDONALD SHERIFF OF CACTUS CANYON Aladdin Metal Lunch Box
Vintage 1982 RONALD McDONALD SHERIFF OF CACTUS CANYON Aladdin Metal Lunch Box
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18 Wheeler Metal Lunch Box 1978 Vintage Good Condition
18 Wheeler Metal Lunch Box 1978 Vintage Good Condition
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BEATLES Lunch Box Magnet Set Vintage Art Metal Lunchbox John Ringo Paul George
BEATLES Lunch Box Magnet Set Vintage Art Metal Lunchbox John Ringo Paul George
$12.00
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Vintage 1967 King Seeley Auto Race Magnetic Game kit metal lunch box
Vintage 1967 King Seeley Auto Race Magnetic Game kit metal lunch box
$49.99
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Vintage The Dukes Of Hazzard Metal Lunch Box
Vintage The Dukes Of Hazzard Metal Lunch Box
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Captain Astro vintage metal lunch box by Ohio Art 1966
Captain Astro vintage metal lunch box by Ohio Art 1966
$60.50
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RAGGEDY ANN AND ANDY METAL LUNCH BOX ADVERTISING VINTAGE TOY ORIGINAL
RAGGEDY ANN AND ANDY METAL LUNCH BOX ADVERTISING VINTAGE TOY ORIGINAL
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Vintage Annie metal lunch box
Vintage Annie metal lunch box
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Vintage Green Metal Lunch Box with Holland Decals
Vintage Green Metal Lunch Box with Holland Decals
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COCA COLA LUNCH BOX METAL VINTAGE STYLE AND LOOK
COCA COLA LUNCH BOX METAL VINTAGE STYLE AND LOOK
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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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Disney School Bus Dome Metal Lunch Box 1968 Vintage
Disney School Bus Dome Metal Lunch Box 1968 Vintage
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Vintage Hogans Heroes By Aladdin Metal Dome Lunch Box 1966
Vintage Hogans Heroes By Aladdin Metal Dome Lunch Box 1966
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1963 Vintage Metal Lunch Box Tapestry by Ohio Arts
1963 Vintage Metal Lunch Box Tapestry by Ohio Arts
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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.