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 International Harvester Co Tin Metal Lunch Box TRUCK Advertising Sign
Vintage International Harvester Co Tin Metal Lunch Box TRUCK Advertising Sign
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CARE BEARS VINTAGE TIN METAL WHITE BLUE LUNCH BOX ALADDIN
CARE BEARS VINTAGE TIN METAL WHITE BLUE LUNCH BOX ALADDIN
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Used vintage Walt Disney World Metal lunch box Happy 50 Years
Used vintage Walt Disney World Metal lunch box Happy 50 Years
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Vintage Metal Lunch Box Floral by Ohio Art
Vintage Metal Lunch Box Floral by Ohio Art
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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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VINTAGE WALT DISNEY PINOCCHIO METAL LUNCH BOX ALADDIN INDUSTRIES
VINTAGE WALT DISNEY PINOCCHIO METAL LUNCH BOX ALADDIN INDUSTRIES
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NFL VINTAGE OAKLAND RAIDERS 1998 full size holographic ALL METAL LUNCH BOX MINT
NFL VINTAGE OAKLAND RAIDERS 1998 full size holographic ALL METAL LUNCH BOX MINT
$21.99
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Vintage Industrial Metal Dome Lunch Box
Vintage Industrial Metal Dome Lunch Box
$9.95 (1 Bid)
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Used Vintage Metal Lunch Box American Patriots Drummers 1974 N212a
Used Vintage Metal Lunch Box American Patriots Drummers 1974 N212a
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Awesome Vintage 1987 Pee Herman Metal Lunch Box
Awesome Vintage 1987 Pee Herman Metal Lunch Box
$15.56 (5 Bids)
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Vintage Schultz Peanuts Metal Lunchbox Lunch Box Charlie Brown 1965
Vintage Schultz Peanuts Metal Lunchbox Lunch Box Charlie Brown 1965
$5.99
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Vintage 1960s Aladin Lunch Box Purse LAUGH IN Collage Handmade Black Metal
Vintage 1960s Aladin Lunch Box Purse LAUGH IN Collage Handmade Black Metal
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Vintage 1967 King Seeley Auto Race Magnetic Game kit metal lunch box
Vintage 1967 King Seeley Auto Race Magnetic Game kit metal lunch box
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USED TG LEE TAMPA BAY RAYS METAL LUNCH BOX IN FAIR CONDITION BASEBALLVINTAGE
USED TG LEE TAMPA BAY RAYS METAL LUNCH BOX IN FAIR CONDITION BASEBALLVINTAGE
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VINTAGE WILLIAM SONOMA ABC COOKIE CUTTERS IN METAL RED LUNCH BOX STYLE CASE
VINTAGE WILLIAM SONOMA ABC COOKIE CUTTERS IN METAL RED LUNCH BOX STYLE CASE
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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
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VINTAGE 1964 Red Plaid King Seeley Metal Lunch Box
VINTAGE 1964 Red Plaid King Seeley Metal Lunch Box
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Vintage 1970s Walt Disney World Country Bear Jamboree Metal Lunch Box Mickey
Vintage 1970s Walt Disney World Country Bear Jamboree Metal Lunch Box Mickey
$15.50
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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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COCA COLA LUNCH BOX METAL VINTAGE STYLE AND LOOK
COCA COLA LUNCH BOX METAL VINTAGE STYLE AND LOOK
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VINTAGE 1981 ANNIE METAL LUNCH BOX
VINTAGE 1981 ANNIE METAL LUNCH BOX
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VINTAGE 1983 CABBAGE PATCH KIDS METAL LUNCH BOX
VINTAGE 1983 CABBAGE PATCH KIDS METAL LUNCH BOX
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VINTAGE 1983 SPORT GOOFY METAL LUNCH BOX
VINTAGE 1983 SPORT GOOFY METAL LUNCH BOX
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VINTAGE ALADDIN METAL LUNCH BOX NASHVILLE TN ORIENTAL PAINTED
VINTAGE ALADDIN METAL LUNCH BOX NASHVILLE TN ORIENTAL PAINTED
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RAGGEDY ANN AND ANDY METAL LUNCH BOX ADVERTISING VINTAGE TOY ORIGINAL
RAGGEDY ANN AND ANDY METAL LUNCH BOX ADVERTISING VINTAGE TOY ORIGINAL
$10.00
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Im A Pepper Dr Pepper 70s Retro Vintage Style Collectible Metal Lunch Box NWT
Im A Pepper Dr Pepper 70s Retro Vintage Style Collectible Metal Lunch Box NWT
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VINTAGE STYLE METAL LUNCH BOX DOUBLE CLOCK AGED YELLOW WITH HANDLE NEW
VINTAGE STYLE METAL LUNCH BOX DOUBLE CLOCK AGED YELLOW WITH HANDLE NEW
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Pink Panther and Sons Broken Handle 1984 Vintage Metal Lunchbox Lunch Box
Pink Panther and Sons Broken Handle 1984 Vintage Metal Lunchbox Lunch Box
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PAC MAN 1980 Vintage Metal Lunchbox Lunch Box
PAC MAN 1980 Vintage Metal Lunchbox Lunch Box
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Cabbage Patch Kids 1983 Vintage Metal Lunchbox Lunch Box
Cabbage Patch Kids 1983 Vintage Metal Lunchbox Lunch Box
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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.