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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COCA COLA vintage look Metal LUNCH BOX 8 x 7 x 3 3 4 inches New condition
COCA COLA vintage look Metal LUNCH BOX 8 x 7 x 3 3 4 inches New condition
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Vintage 1997 Curious George Rides A Bike Metal Tin Lunch Box Excellent Condition
Vintage 1997 Curious George Rides A Bike Metal Tin Lunch Box Excellent Condition
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DOCTOR DOLITTLE Metal Lunch Box Vintage 1967 Rex Harrison
DOCTOR DOLITTLE Metal Lunch Box Vintage 1967 Rex Harrison
$44.99
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Vintage 1963 Yogi Bear Friends Quick Draw McGraw Metal Lunch Box Hanna Barbera
Vintage 1963 Yogi Bear Friends Quick Draw McGraw Metal Lunch Box Hanna Barbera
$48.00 (1 Bid)
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Vintage 1974 Ohio Art Patriotic Drummer Boys Metal Litho Lunch Box Tin NICE
Vintage 1974 Ohio Art Patriotic Drummer Boys Metal Litho Lunch Box Tin NICE
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VALVOLINE OIL COMPANY METAL AUTO RACING LUNCH BOX TIN VINTAGE 1990S COLLECTABLE
VALVOLINE OIL COMPANY METAL AUTO RACING LUNCH BOX TIN VINTAGE 1990S COLLECTABLE
$7.99 (2 Bids)
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ET Vintage Metal Lunch Box
ET Vintage Metal Lunch Box
$12.99
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vintage metal lunch box
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PEANUTS 1999 Metal Lunch Box Snoopy  Gang Ice Skating Vintage
PEANUTS 1999 Metal Lunch Box Snoopy Gang Ice Skating Vintage
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VINTAGE TIN METAL WOOD PATTERN  HANDLE PICNIC BASKET BREAD BOX LUNCH BOX NICE
VINTAGE TIN METAL WOOD PATTERN HANDLE PICNIC BASKET BREAD BOX LUNCH BOX NICE
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B56  Vintage 1960s BOND XX SECRET AGENT Metal Lunch Box
B56 Vintage 1960s BOND XX SECRET AGENT Metal Lunch Box
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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
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Vintage Floral Metal Lunch Box Ohio Arts
Vintage Floral Metal Lunch Box Ohio Arts
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Vintage Plaid Metal Lunch Box Aladdin Safety First 1960s
Vintage Plaid Metal Lunch Box Aladdin Safety First 1960s
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Vintage 1976 HAPPY DAYS THE FONZ Metal lunch Box
Vintage 1976 HAPPY DAYS THE FONZ Metal lunch Box
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Vintage 1979 Jim Henson MUPPETS Metal Lunch Box MISS PIGGY Kermit FOZZIE BEAR
Vintage 1979 Jim Henson MUPPETS Metal Lunch Box MISS PIGGY Kermit FOZZIE BEAR
$8.00
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Vintage 1980 PAC MAN Metal Lunch Box BALLY MIDWAY MFG CO Aladdin handle
Vintage 1980 PAC MAN Metal Lunch Box BALLY MIDWAY MFG CO Aladdin handle
$20.00
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Vintage Walt Disney World Collectible Metal Lunch Box Mickey Mouse Country Bear
Vintage Walt Disney World Collectible Metal Lunch Box Mickey Mouse Country Bear
$12.95
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VINTAGE 1976 HAPPY DAYS  THE FONZ METAL LUNCH BOX
VINTAGE 1976 HAPPY DAYS THE FONZ METAL LUNCH BOX
$32.00
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Vintage 1979 Walt Disney Prod Aladdin Ind THE BLACK HOLE Tin Metal Lunch Box
Vintage 1979 Walt Disney Prod Aladdin Ind THE BLACK HOLE Tin Metal Lunch Box
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Vintage 1975 Hong Kong Phooey Metal Lunch Box Hanna Barbera
Vintage 1975 Hong Kong Phooey Metal Lunch Box Hanna Barbera
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VINTAGE 1977 HARDY BOYS MYSTERIES METAL LUNCH BOX
VINTAGE 1977 HARDY BOYS MYSTERIES METAL LUNCH BOX
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Vintage metal lunch box
Vintage metal lunch box
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Vintage metal lunch box
Vintage metal lunch box
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Korg 70000 BC 1975 Vintage Metal Lunch Box caveman sabertooth tiger mastodon
Korg 70000 BC 1975 Vintage Metal Lunch Box caveman sabertooth tiger mastodon
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Vintage 1997 Lone Ranger Pressed tin metal Lunch box Keepsake Christmas Ornament
Vintage 1997 Lone Ranger Pressed tin metal Lunch box Keepsake Christmas Ornament
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Vintage Two Handle Lunch Tin Sewing Box Lidded Metal Container
Vintage Two Handle Lunch Tin Sewing Box Lidded Metal Container
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Tom Corbett Space Cadet Repro metal lunch box lunchbox vintage 1990s
Tom Corbett Space Cadet Repro metal lunch box lunchbox vintage 1990s
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VINTAGE 1963 ALADDIN BOZO THE CLOWN LUNCH BOX DOME TOP METAL LUNCH BOX LK
VINTAGE 1963 ALADDIN BOZO THE CLOWN LUNCH BOX DOME TOP METAL LUNCH BOX LK
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Vintage ET Lunch Box Aladdin Metal
Vintage ET Lunch Box Aladdin Metal
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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.