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 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 JIM HENSONS THE MUPPET SHOW 1978 METAL LUNCH BOX
VINTAGE JIM HENSONS THE MUPPET SHOW 1978 METAL LUNCH BOX
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1955 Wild Bill Hickok and Jingles Metal Lunchbox Lunch Box Old Vintage Aladdin
1955 Wild Bill Hickok and Jingles Metal Lunchbox Lunch Box Old Vintage Aladdin
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Vintage Tin Metal Trinket Sandwich Lunch Box Gamewright
Vintage Tin Metal Trinket Sandwich Lunch Box Gamewright
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Vintage PA Dutch Metal Sewing Basket Pennsylvania Lunch Box Handles
Vintage PA Dutch Metal Sewing Basket Pennsylvania Lunch Box Handles
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1986 The Popples Lunchbox Metal Lunch Box vintage toys
1986 The Popples Lunchbox Metal Lunch Box vintage toys
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1979 Holly Hobbie Lunchbox Metal Lunch Box vintage dolls
1979 Holly Hobbie Lunchbox Metal Lunch Box vintage dolls
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1957 Vintage Frontier Days Pony Express Metal Lunch Box Free Shipping
1957 Vintage Frontier Days Pony Express Metal Lunch Box Free Shipping
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Vintage Dome Metal Lunch Box with Metal Handle
Vintage Dome Metal Lunch Box with Metal Handle
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Ozzie Osbourne Vintage Metal Lunch Box
Ozzie Osbourne Vintage Metal Lunch Box
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AF Vintage 1983 Aladdin Industries Masters of the Universe Metal Lunch Box
AF Vintage 1983 Aladdin Industries Masters of the Universe Metal Lunch Box
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SESAME STREET METAL LUNCH BOX VINTAGE 1983
SESAME STREET METAL LUNCH BOX VINTAGE 1983
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Vintage Walt Disney Yellow School Bus Metal Lunch Box Mickey Donald Bambi Goofy
Vintage Walt Disney Yellow School Bus Metal Lunch Box Mickey Donald Bambi Goofy
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Vintage 1980 Pac Man Metal Lunch Box SOME DENTS
Vintage 1980 Pac Man Metal Lunch Box SOME DENTS
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VINTAGE TIN METAL CHEINCO HOUSEWARE JEANS PATTERN PICNIC LUNCH BOX SUPERB
VINTAGE TIN METAL CHEINCO HOUSEWARE JEANS PATTERN PICNIC LUNCH BOX SUPERB
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Vintage 1955 Davy Crockett LunchBox Holtemp Metal Lunch Box
Vintage 1955 Davy Crockett LunchBox Holtemp Metal Lunch Box
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Vintage 1970 Yellow Junior Miss Metal Lunchbox Aladdin Metal Lunch Box
Vintage 1970 Yellow Junior Miss Metal Lunchbox Aladdin Metal Lunch Box
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Vintage Aladdin Plaid Red Metal School Childrens Lunch Box
Vintage Aladdin Plaid Red Metal School Childrens Lunch Box
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HOT WHEELS Mattel King Seeley Metal Lunch Box 1969 Vintage
HOT WHEELS Mattel King Seeley Metal Lunch Box 1969 Vintage
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Vintage 70s Ohio Art Fruit Themed Oranges Watermelon Houndstooth Metal Lunch Box
Vintage 70s Ohio Art Fruit Themed Oranges Watermelon Houndstooth Metal Lunch Box
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vintage metal lunch box Six Million Dollar Man
vintage metal lunch box Six Million Dollar Man
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VINTAGE METAL LUNCH BOX BIONIC WOMAN
VINTAGE METAL LUNCH BOX BIONIC WOMAN
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vintage metal lunch box The Waltons
vintage metal lunch box The Waltons
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Vintage 1974 Polly Pal Metal Lunch Box Read Description
Vintage 1974 Polly Pal Metal Lunch Box Read Description
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Hello Kitty Lunch Box 1976 2000 Metal Lunch Box Vintage
Hello Kitty Lunch Box 1976 2000 Metal Lunch Box Vintage
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vintage lunch box Coca Cola Metal Lunch Box
vintage lunch box Coca Cola Metal Lunch Box
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Vintage 1959 King Seeley PEANUTS Snoopy Charlie Brown Metal Lunch Box only AS IS
Vintage 1959 King Seeley PEANUTS Snoopy Charlie Brown Metal Lunch Box only AS IS
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Vintage 1967 metal Voyage to Bottom of the Sea lunch box Nice
Vintage 1967 metal Voyage to Bottom of the Sea lunch box Nice
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Vintage Pink Panther And Sons Metal Lunch Box
Vintage Pink Panther And Sons Metal Lunch Box
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VINTAGE HEATHCLIFF METAL LUNCH BOX ALADDIN GOOD GRAPHICS COLOR
VINTAGE HEATHCLIFF METAL LUNCH BOX ALADDIN GOOD GRAPHICS COLOR
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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.