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 Ohio Art American Flag Night  Day Metal Lunch Box
Vintage 1973 Ohio Art American Flag Night Day Metal Lunch Box
$50.00
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Vintage 1968 Have Lunch With Snoopy Metal Dome Lunch Box
Vintage 1968 Have Lunch With Snoopy Metal Dome Lunch Box
$20.00 (1 Bid)
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Vintage GI Joe Action SALIOR Blue Gray Metal Lunch Box 1998 NEW STILL SEALED
Vintage GI Joe Action SALIOR Blue Gray Metal Lunch Box 1998 NEW STILL SEALED
$19.95
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WALT DISNEY VINTAGE LUNCH BOX METAL 1979 ALADDIN WITH THRMAL BOTTLE
WALT DISNEY VINTAGE LUNCH BOX METAL 1979 ALADDIN WITH THRMAL BOTTLE
$60.99
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Vintage 1954 Gene Autry Metal Lunch Box
Vintage 1954 Gene Autry Metal Lunch Box
$149.95
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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
$9.50
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Vintage 1960 USS Seawolf Nautilus Submarine Metal Lunch Box USS Seawolf
Vintage 1960 USS Seawolf Nautilus Submarine Metal Lunch Box USS Seawolf
$40.00
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Vintage 1980 The Legend of the Lone Ranger Metal Lunchbox Lunch Box FREE SHIP
Vintage 1980 The Legend of the Lone Ranger Metal Lunchbox Lunch Box FREE SHIP
$94.75
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VINTAGE HEE HAW TELEVISION SHOW METAL LUNCH BOX LUNCHPAIL COLUMBIA BROADCASTING
VINTAGE HEE HAW TELEVISION SHOW METAL LUNCH BOX LUNCHPAIL COLUMBIA BROADCASTING
$75.00
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Vintage Metal Lunch Box
Vintage Metal Lunch Box
$36.00 (14 Bids)
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1983 Sesame Street Metal Lunch Box Vintage Box Bert  Ernie
1983 Sesame Street Metal Lunch Box Vintage Box Bert Ernie
$25.00
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VINTAGE 1963 ALADDIN BOZO THE CLOWN LUNCH BOX DOME TOP METAL LUNCH BOX
VINTAGE 1963 ALADDIN BOZO THE CLOWN LUNCH BOX DOME TOP METAL LUNCH BOX
$59.99
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VINTAGE METAL MINERS LUNCH LUNCH BOX WITH WARMING TOP AND CUP WOODEN HANDLE
VINTAGE METAL MINERS LUNCH LUNCH BOX WITH WARMING TOP AND CUP WOODEN HANDLE
$50.00
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Peanuts Vintage Metal Lunch box Joe Cool
Peanuts Vintage Metal Lunch box Joe Cool
$19.99
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Vintage Retro Collectible Blue Metal Lunch Instruments Hand Box Decorative
Vintage Retro Collectible Blue Metal Lunch Instruments Hand Box Decorative
$32.00
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VINTAGE LUNCH BOX DENIM PATTERN DOG  FLOWERS METAL BOX GREAT PATINA
VINTAGE LUNCH BOX DENIM PATTERN DOG FLOWERS METAL BOX GREAT PATINA
$12.99
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Vintage 1965 Battle kit metal lunch box
Vintage 1965 Battle kit metal lunch box
$9.99
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Vintage Mickey Minnie and Pluto Disney Metal Tin Lunch Box
Vintage Mickey Minnie and Pluto Disney Metal Tin Lunch Box
$16.00
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Vintage Strawberry Shortcake Metal Lunch Box Storage Box 1982 American Greetings
Vintage Strawberry Shortcake Metal Lunch Box Storage Box 1982 American Greetings
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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
$8.62
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Vintage 1969 Bond XX Metal Lunch box Ohio Art
Vintage 1969 Bond XX Metal Lunch box Ohio Art
$37.00 (1 Bid)
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VINTAGE COCA COLA COMPANY TIN CONTAINER coke metal canister lunch box chenico
VINTAGE COCA COLA COMPANY TIN CONTAINER coke metal canister lunch box chenico
$7.99
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Wizard of OZ Vintage Artwork Dome Tin Metal Lunch Box Brand New Collectible
Wizard of OZ Vintage Artwork Dome Tin Metal Lunch Box Brand New Collectible
$9.99
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Vintage 1913 METAL LUNCH BOX FREE SHIPPING 21D2
Vintage 1913 METAL LUNCH BOX FREE SHIPPING 21D2
$39.99
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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
$22.00
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VINTAGE HARLEY DAVIDSON MOTOR CYCLES NATIONAL CRITTER RALLY METAL LUNCH BOX
VINTAGE HARLEY DAVIDSON MOTOR CYCLES NATIONAL CRITTER RALLY METAL LUNCH BOX
$39.99
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Vintage Care Bear Cousins 1985 American Greetings Metal Lunch Box
Vintage Care Bear Cousins 1985 American Greetings Metal Lunch Box
$21.95
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STAR WARS METAL TIN VINTAGE LOOK LUNCH BOX WILLIAMS SONOMA
STAR WARS METAL TIN VINTAGE LOOK LUNCH BOX WILLIAMS SONOMA
$14.99
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Vintage Raggedy Ann  Andy Metal Lunch Box
Vintage Raggedy Ann Andy Metal Lunch Box
$10.00
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AUTO RACE 1967 VINTAGE ORIGINAL METAL LUNCH BOX GOOD CONDITION
AUTO RACE 1967 VINTAGE ORIGINAL METAL LUNCH BOX GOOD CONDITION
$25.00
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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.