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 SCOOBY DOO THE MYSTERY MACHINE METAL LUNCH BOX HANNA BARBERA
VINTAGE SCOOBY DOO THE MYSTERY MACHINE METAL LUNCH BOX HANNA BARBERA
$9.97
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CURIOUS GEORGE METAL VINTAGE LUNCH BOX
CURIOUS GEORGE METAL VINTAGE LUNCH BOX
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Vintage Classic 1979 Aladdin Metal Muppets Sesame Street Lunch Box Fun
Vintage Classic 1979 Aladdin Metal Muppets Sesame Street Lunch Box Fun
$5.00
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RETURN OF THE JEDI METAL VINTAGE LUNCH BOX
RETURN OF THE JEDI METAL VINTAGE LUNCH BOX
$7.01 (3 Bids)
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Vintage Chitty Chtty bang bang metal lunch box
Vintage Chitty Chtty bang bang metal lunch box
$9.50
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VINTAGE NFL CONFERENCE METAL LUNCH BOX
VINTAGE NFL CONFERENCE METAL LUNCH BOX
$20.00
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Vintage Aladdin Pop Art Lunch Box Metal General Mills Betty Crocker deco modern
Vintage Aladdin Pop Art Lunch Box Metal General Mills Betty Crocker deco modern
$47.00
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Vintage 1982 Heathcliff Metal Lunch Box No Thermo
Vintage 1982 Heathcliff Metal Lunch Box No Thermo
$5.00 (1 Bid)
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 Vintage 1980 Pac Man Metal Lunchbox Lunch Box Aladdin
Vintage 1980 Pac Man Metal Lunchbox Lunch Box Aladdin
$19.99
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1950s Roy Rogers  Dale Evans Double R Bar Ranch Vintage Metal Lunch Box
1950s Roy Rogers Dale Evans Double R Bar Ranch Vintage Metal Lunch Box
$65.00
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VINTAGE BEE GEES METAL LUNCH BOX
VINTAGE BEE GEES METAL LUNCH BOX
$9.99
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cute RETRO Ohio Art quilt plaid pattern metal lunchbox great vintage lunch box
cute RETRO Ohio Art quilt plaid pattern metal lunchbox great vintage lunch box
$14.99
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Vintage Schultz Peanuts Metal Lunchbox Lunch Box charlie brown snoopy lucy
Vintage Schultz Peanuts Metal Lunchbox Lunch Box charlie brown snoopy lucy
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1950s Gene Autry Metal Lunch Box Vintage
1950s Gene Autry Metal Lunch Box Vintage
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Vintage Mickey Mouse Walt Disney World Metal Lunch Box
Vintage Mickey Mouse Walt Disney World Metal Lunch Box
$9.99
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VINTAGE SATELLITE LUNAR SPACE METAL LUNCH BOX 1960 Made in Conn
VINTAGE SATELLITE LUNAR SPACE METAL LUNCH BOX 1960 Made in Conn
$40.00
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Holly Hobbie vintage metal Girls Old lunch box
Holly Hobbie vintage metal Girls Old lunch box
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Beavis and Butthead Metal Tin Lunch Box Restaurant Vintage NEW Carrier Worksman
Beavis and Butthead Metal Tin Lunch Box Restaurant Vintage NEW Carrier Worksman
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Vintage 1983 Care Bears Metal Lunch Box Aladdin
Vintage 1983 Care Bears Metal Lunch Box Aladdin
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Vintage 1974 Six Million Dollar Man Metal Lunch Box Aladdin Used Condition
Vintage 1974 Six Million Dollar Man Metal Lunch Box Aladdin Used Condition
$25.00
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Vintage PAC MAN Metal Lunch Box 1980 Bally Midway MFG CO
Vintage PAC MAN Metal Lunch Box 1980 Bally Midway MFG CO
$15.00
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NFL VINTAGE OAKLAND RAIDERS 1998 DATED METAL FULL SIZE RAIDER LUNCH BOX EX COND
NFL VINTAGE OAKLAND RAIDERS 1998 DATED METAL FULL SIZE RAIDER LUNCH BOX EX COND
$21.99
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VINTAGE RETRO ORANGE CRUSH SODA SOFT DRINK METAL LUNCH BOX VG COND
VINTAGE RETRO ORANGE CRUSH SODA SOFT DRINK METAL LUNCH BOX VG COND
$9.90
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Vintage Metal Lunch Box Space Shuttle Orbiter Enterprise 1977 Piece of History
Vintage Metal Lunch Box Space Shuttle Orbiter Enterprise 1977 Piece of History
$16.95
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VINTAGE  UN USED A TEAM METAL LUNCH BOX WITH INSERT
VINTAGE UN USED A TEAM METAL LUNCH BOX WITH INSERT
$50.95 (2 Bids)
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Vintage Gomer Pyle METAL LUNCH BOX 1966 Aladdin Industries
Vintage Gomer Pyle METAL LUNCH BOX 1966 Aladdin Industries
$119.95
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VINTAGE 1980 PAC MAN METAL LUNCH BOX
VINTAGE 1980 PAC MAN METAL LUNCH BOX
$30.00
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1970s Vintage Junior Miss Aladdin Metal Tin Original Lunch Box
1970s Vintage Junior Miss Aladdin Metal Tin Original Lunch Box
$69.99
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Vintage Polly Pal Metal Lunch Box 1974 cartoon rusty pastel girl
Vintage Polly Pal Metal Lunch Box 1974 cartoon rusty pastel girl
$1.99
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Vintage Metal Lunch Box BROWN TOURIST DESTINATIONS OHIO ART
Vintage Metal Lunch Box BROWN TOURIST DESTINATIONS OHIO ART
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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.