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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SALE Vintage Walt Disney World Happy 50 Years Metal Lunch Box
SALE Vintage Walt Disney World Happy 50 Years Metal Lunch Box
$9.00
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Buy It Now for only: $19.00
Vintage Bread Lunch Box Tin Metal 12 x 5 1 2
Vintage Bread Lunch Box Tin Metal 12 x 5 1 2
$19.25
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vintage metal factory lunch box
vintage metal factory lunch box
$8.99
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Vintage Collectible Metal Lunch box Robin Hood 1956 Aladdin
Vintage Collectible Metal Lunch box Robin Hood 1956 Aladdin
$19.00
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Buy It Now for only: $35.00
Vintage 1972 Sport Skwirts metal lunch box Ohio Art Sellling collection
Vintage 1972 Sport Skwirts metal lunch box Ohio Art Sellling collection
$59.99
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Unused Vintage 1982 Ronald McDonald Sheriff of Cactus Canyon metal lunch box
Unused Vintage 1982 Ronald McDonald Sheriff of Cactus Canyon metal lunch box
$75.00
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1982 Vintage metal Hansel and Gretal lunch box NM selling collection
1982 Vintage metal Hansel and Gretal lunch box NM selling collection
$79.99
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1980 Vintage metal Snow White and 7 dwarfs lunch box Nice selling collection
1980 Vintage metal Snow White and 7 dwarfs lunch box Nice selling collection
$29.99
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Vintage 1975 metal Denim Diner Dome lunch box
Vintage 1975 metal Denim Diner Dome lunch box
$22.99
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1975 Vintage Back in 76 metal lunch box Selling our collection
1975 Vintage Back in 76 metal lunch box Selling our collection
$39.99
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Vintage Old Photo Cute Little School Girl Holding Big Metal Lunch Pale Box 1940s
Vintage Old Photo Cute Little School Girl Holding Big Metal Lunch Pale Box 1940s
$7.50
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VINTAGE 1966 TARZAN METAL LUNCH BOX BY ALADDIN INUSTRIES CLEAN CLASSIC NICE
VINTAGE 1966 TARZAN METAL LUNCH BOX BY ALADDIN INUSTRIES CLEAN CLASSIC NICE
$59.99
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Vintage 1979 Holly Hobbie Aladdin Industries Metal Lunch Box Collectible
Vintage 1979 Holly Hobbie Aladdin Industries Metal Lunch Box Collectible
$15.99
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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
$5.99
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VINTAGE 1968 IVAN TORS FILMS GENTLE BEN METAL LUNCH BOX CLASSIC ALADDIN NICE
VINTAGE 1968 IVAN TORS FILMS GENTLE BEN METAL LUNCH BOX CLASSIC ALADDIN NICE
$49.99
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Vintage 1974 Lunchbox Leon Jason King Seeley Metal Polly Pal Lunch Box Handle
Vintage 1974 Lunchbox Leon Jason King Seeley Metal Polly Pal Lunch Box Handle
$9.50
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Buy It Now for only: $15.00
Ohio Art Vintage Retro Quilt Woven Plaid Design Lunch Box Metal Lunchbox
Ohio Art Vintage Retro Quilt Woven Plaid Design Lunch Box Metal Lunchbox
$7.50
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1978 Vintage Lunch Box Animal Friends Metal Lunchbox with handle
1978 Vintage Lunch Box Animal Friends Metal Lunchbox with handle
$9.50
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Buy It Now for only: $15.00
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 Metal Aladdin Raggedy Ann and Andy lunch box 1973
Vintage Metal Aladdin Raggedy Ann and Andy lunch box 1973
$33.99
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Vintage 1973 scooby doo metal tin lunch box
Vintage 1973 scooby doo metal tin lunch box
$50.00
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1983 vintage care bears metal tin lunch box
1983 vintage care bears metal tin lunch box
$50.00
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1983 vintage Disney Express metal tin lunch box
1983 vintage Disney Express metal tin lunch box
$90.00
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Fat Albert lunch box original King Seeley Thermo Co vintage 1973 metal Cosby
Fat Albert lunch box original King Seeley Thermo Co vintage 1973 metal Cosby
$41.00 (4 Bids)
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1968 Vintage Metal Have Lunch With Snoopy Dome Top Lunch Box Peanuts Clean
1968 Vintage Metal Have Lunch With Snoopy Dome Top Lunch Box Peanuts Clean
$39.99
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RETURN OF THE JEDI METAL VINTAGE LUNCH BOX 1983 vintage
RETURN OF THE JEDI METAL VINTAGE LUNCH BOX 1983 vintage
$24.99
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1980 Vintage Strawberry Shortcake Metal Lunchbox Lunch Box with Handle
1980 Vintage Strawberry Shortcake Metal Lunchbox Lunch Box with Handle
$9.50
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Buy It Now for only: $15.00
Vintage Handy Andy Metal Lunch Box Workmans Lunch Box
Vintage Handy Andy Metal Lunch Box Workmans Lunch Box
$19.95
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Buy It Now for only: $25.95
Vintage Metal Strawberry Shortcake Lunch Box
Vintage Metal Strawberry Shortcake Lunch Box
$4.99 (1 Bid)
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VINTAGE MOTOROLA LUNCH BOX RADIO MODEL 52 M 2U BAKELITE  METAL CASE
VINTAGE MOTOROLA LUNCH BOX RADIO MODEL 52 M 2U BAKELITE METAL CASE
$12.99
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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.