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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Old Vintage Metal Dome Lunch Box Red White  Blue Design LunchBox
Old Vintage Metal Dome Lunch Box Red White Blue Design LunchBox
$14.99
Vintage Large Empeco Metal Lunch Box
Vintage Large Empeco Metal Lunch Box
$5.99
Vintage 1971 Lidsville Metal Lunchbox Lunch box Sid  Marty Krofft Aladdin
Vintage 1971 Lidsville Metal Lunchbox Lunch box Sid Marty Krofft Aladdin
$69.99
VINTAGE Pac Man Metal Lunch Box LOOK
VINTAGE Pac Man Metal Lunch Box LOOK
$29.99
Vintage GET SMART Metal Lunch Box 1966
Vintage GET SMART Metal Lunch Box 1966
$75.00
Vintage Metal Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids Cartoon Lunch Box
Vintage Metal Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids Cartoon Lunch Box
$79.99
Vintage Box Tobacco Tin Chewing Tiger Lunch Bright Sweet Red Metal Plug Smoke 7g
Vintage Box Tobacco Tin Chewing Tiger Lunch Bright Sweet Red Metal Plug Smoke 7g
$4.95
AF Vintage 1984 King Seeley Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom Metal Lunch Box
AF Vintage 1984 King Seeley Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom Metal Lunch Box
$23.99
AG Vintage Aladdin Mickey Mouse Club Metal Lunch Box
AG Vintage Aladdin Mickey Mouse Club Metal Lunch Box
$19.99
NOVA LOG METAL LUNCHBOX Woman Cheetah Mealtime Companion Lunch Box Vintage Old
NOVA LOG METAL LUNCHBOX Woman Cheetah Mealtime Companion Lunch Box Vintage Old
$9.88
Vintage 1970s CN CP Rail Metal Lunch Box Ohio Art Co 999
Vintage 1970s CN CP Rail Metal Lunch Box Ohio Art Co 999
$17.99
Vintage PEPSI metal lunch box
Vintage PEPSI metal lunch box
$14.99
Vintage Star Wars metal lunch box and empty puzzle box
Vintage Star Wars metal lunch box and empty puzzle box
$9.99
Vintage Chuck Wagon metal lunch box
Vintage Chuck Wagon metal lunch box
$38.99
Vintage Wild Frontier metal lunch box
Vintage Wild Frontier metal lunch box
$38.99
Vintage 1954 Roy Rogers and Dale Evans Double R Bar Ranch Metal Lunch Box
Vintage 1954 Roy Rogers and Dale Evans Double R Bar Ranch Metal Lunch Box
$85.00
Sesame Street Oscar Square Metal Tin Lunch Box NEW Toys Vintage Carrier Cool Kid
Sesame Street Oscar Square Metal Tin Lunch Box NEW Toys Vintage Carrier Cool Kid
$15.99
VINTAGE 1961 ALADDIN BRAND DISNEY SCHOOL BUS DOME METAL LUNCH BOX WALT DISNEY
VINTAGE 1961 ALADDIN BRAND DISNEY SCHOOL BUS DOME METAL LUNCH BOX WALT DISNEY
$44.99
VINTAGE METAL LUNCH BOX 1979 Aladdin Sesame Street Grover Big Bird Oscar Burt ++
VINTAGE METAL LUNCH BOX 1979 Aladdin Sesame Street Grover Big Bird Oscar Burt ++
$19.99
Lot of 5 Vintage Holly Hobbie Mixed Lot Metal Lunch Box Coke Glasses Plate
Lot of 5 Vintage Holly Hobbie Mixed Lot Metal Lunch Box Coke Glasses Plate
$30.00
CARE BEAR COUSINS METAL LUNCH BOX VINTAGE 1985
CARE BEAR COUSINS METAL LUNCH BOX VINTAGE 1985
$7.99
Vintage Mickey Mouse Club Embossed Metal Lunch Box 1963 1967
Vintage Mickey Mouse Club Embossed Metal Lunch Box 1963 1967
$19.99
Vintage Pets and Pals Lassie and Black Beauty Metal Lunch Box 1961
Vintage Pets and Pals Lassie and Black Beauty Metal Lunch Box 1961
$39.99
Vintage 1970 Disney on Parade Metal Lunch Box
Vintage 1970 Disney on Parade Metal Lunch Box
$7.50
Vintage 1972 HOLLY HOBBIE Metal Lunch Box
Vintage 1972 HOLLY HOBBIE Metal Lunch Box
$7.50
VINTAGE METAL LUNCH BOX My Lunch Ohio Art 1974 Denim Design Worm in Apple HI
VINTAGE METAL LUNCH BOX My Lunch Ohio Art 1974 Denim Design Worm in Apple HI
$9.99
Vintage Einstein Bros metal lunch box 2002
Vintage Einstein Bros metal lunch box 2002
$1.99
VINTAGE METAL LUNCH BOX 1975 HALLMARK CARDS PRECIOUS MOMENTS
VINTAGE METAL LUNCH BOX 1975 HALLMARK CARDS PRECIOUS MOMENTS
$19.99
VINTAGE METAL LUNCH BOX 1986 Aladdin Popples Characters
VINTAGE METAL LUNCH BOX 1986 Aladdin Popples Characters
$14.99
COCA COLA LUNCH BOX METAL VINTAGE STYLE AND LOOK
COCA COLA LUNCH BOX METAL VINTAGE STYLE AND LOOK
$7.99

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.