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 Star Wars Return of the Jedi Metal Lunch Box
Vintage Star Wars Return of the Jedi Metal Lunch Box
$13.99
Vintage 1978 NFL Metal Lunch Box
Vintage 1978 NFL Metal Lunch Box
$8.99
Vintage DC Comics Aladdin Metal Lunchbox Lunch Box Superman 1978 Litho LOOK NR
Vintage DC Comics Aladdin Metal Lunchbox Lunch Box Superman 1978 Litho LOOK NR
$5.50
VINTAGE ALADDIN BLACK DOME LUNCH BOX 1950S METAL
VINTAGE ALADDIN BLACK DOME LUNCH BOX 1950S METAL
$20.00
VINTAGE LUNCH BOX DENIM PATTERN DOG  FLOWERS METAL BOX GREAT PATINA
VINTAGE LUNCH BOX DENIM PATTERN DOG FLOWERS METAL BOX GREAT PATINA
$12.99
Vintage Metal Lunch Box WALT DISNEY SCHOOL BUS Mickey Donald Goofey
Vintage Metal Lunch Box WALT DISNEY SCHOOL BUS Mickey Donald Goofey
$9.99
Vintage 1980 CAPTAIN AMERICA SPIDER MAN  HULK Metal Lunch Box Marvel Comics
Vintage 1980 CAPTAIN AMERICA SPIDER MAN HULK Metal Lunch Box Marvel Comics
$34.99
Vintage 1983 SUPER POWERS Metal Lunch Box DC Comics SUPERMANBATMANWONDERWOMAN
Vintage 1983 SUPER POWERS Metal Lunch Box DC Comics SUPERMANBATMANWONDERWOMAN
$29.99
Vintage Handy Andy Metal Lunch Box Workmans Lunch Box
Vintage Handy Andy Metal Lunch Box Workmans Lunch Box
$19.95
Vintage Bionic Woman Metal Lunch Box Complete
Vintage Bionic Woman Metal Lunch Box Complete
$19.00
Disney Express vintage metal lunch box 1979
Disney Express vintage metal lunch box 1979
$10.95
VINTAGE METAL LUNCH BOX MUPPETS 1979
VINTAGE METAL LUNCH BOX MUPPETS 1979
$4.99
Hallmark Betsy Clark vintage metal lunch box 1976
Hallmark Betsy Clark vintage metal lunch box 1976
$9.95
Vintage The Double Deckers 1970 Metal Lunch Box no handle by Aladdin
Vintage The Double Deckers 1970 Metal Lunch Box no handle by Aladdin
$19.99
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
$79.00
VINTAGE LUCITE BAKELITE WILLARDY LUNCH BOX STYLE PURSE WITH METAL TRIM EUC
VINTAGE LUCITE BAKELITE WILLARDY LUNCH BOX STYLE PURSE WITH METAL TRIM EUC
$145.00
VINTAGE METAL TELEVISION TURNER TIME WARNER COMPANY LUNCH BOX
VINTAGE METAL TELEVISION TURNER TIME WARNER COMPANY LUNCH BOX
$24.00
MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE Metal Lunch Box 1983 Vintage He Man
MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE Metal Lunch Box 1983 Vintage He Man
$30.00
Aladdin 1979 Holly Hobbie Metal Vintage Lunch Box
Aladdin 1979 Holly Hobbie Metal Vintage Lunch Box
$15.00
Vintage Miss America Metal Lunch Box FREE SHIPPING WITH THE PURCHASE OF 4 OR MO
Vintage Miss America Metal Lunch Box FREE SHIPPING WITH THE PURCHASE OF 4 OR MO
$5.99
vintage lunch bucket box Eagle Lock Co Terryville Conn metal usa old
vintage lunch bucket box Eagle Lock Co Terryville Conn metal usa old
$9.95
METAL VINTAGE LUNCH BOX DRAGONS LAIR 1983 MAGICOM
METAL VINTAGE LUNCH BOX DRAGONS LAIR 1983 MAGICOM
$4.99
Vintage Sport Goofy 1983 Steel Metal Lunch Box Aladdin
Vintage Sport Goofy 1983 Steel Metal Lunch Box Aladdin
$14.50
vintage holly hobbie metal lunch box
vintage holly hobbie metal lunch box
$0.99
Hello Kitty Vintage Style Metal Lunchbox Lunch Box Be Green Cute
Hello Kitty Vintage Style Metal Lunchbox Lunch Box Be Green Cute
$4.99
Vintage 1973 Raggedy Ann and Andy Metal Lunch Box Bobbs Merrill Co Collectible
Vintage 1973 Raggedy Ann and Andy Metal Lunch Box Bobbs Merrill Co Collectible
$9.99
Vintage McDonalds Metal Lunch Box
Vintage McDonalds Metal Lunch Box
$7.99
Sesame Street Metal Lunch Box Vintage 1979 by Aladdin
Sesame Street Metal Lunch Box Vintage 1979 by Aladdin
$12.00
VINTAGE PEANUTS METAL YELLOW LUNCH BOX WITH BOTTLE NEW NEVER USED
VINTAGE PEANUTS METAL YELLOW LUNCH BOX WITH BOTTLE NEW NEVER USED
$175.00
GREMLINS Metal Lunch Box 1984 Vintage
GREMLINS Metal Lunch Box 1984 Vintage
$16.50

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.