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 DISNEY METAL DOME TOP SCHOOL BUS Lunch Box 1960s
Vintage DISNEY METAL DOME TOP SCHOOL BUS Lunch Box 1960s
$44.99
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Vintage 1970s Sigmund and the Sea Monsters Metal Lunch Box Sid
Vintage 1970s Sigmund and the Sea Monsters Metal Lunch Box Sid
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Vintage Heathcliff Metal Lunch Box As Is
Vintage Heathcliff Metal Lunch Box As Is
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Vintage 1970 Double Deckers Metal Lunch Box by Aladdin British and American TV
Vintage 1970 Double Deckers Metal Lunch Box by Aladdin British and American TV
$22.00
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Vintage 1955 Wild Bill Hickok and Jingles Metal Lunch Box by Aladden
Vintage 1955 Wild Bill Hickok and Jingles Metal Lunch Box by Aladden
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Vintage Yellow  White Junior Miss Metal Lunch Box by Aladdin
Vintage Yellow White Junior Miss Metal Lunch Box by Aladdin
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Loungefly Hello kitty Metal Lunch Box Vintage Kitty Head 100 Brand new
Loungefly Hello kitty Metal Lunch Box Vintage Kitty Head 100 Brand new
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Vintage Aladdin Metal Black Lunch Box Steel
Vintage Aladdin Metal Black Lunch Box Steel
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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 Goose Green Cookie Candy Tin Lunch Box Metal Lid Handles Hearts 6x5x4
Vintage Goose Green Cookie Candy Tin Lunch Box Metal Lid Handles Hearts 6x5x4
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Vintage 1970s Walt Disney World Metal Lunch Box Aladdin Mickey  Friends Bear
Vintage 1970s Walt Disney World Metal Lunch Box Aladdin Mickey Friends Bear
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Vintage 1960s Ohio Art Metal Lunch Box World Travel Theme
Vintage 1960s Ohio Art Metal Lunch Box World Travel Theme
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Collectible Vintage 1973 Rough Rider Motorcycle Metal Lunch Box
Collectible Vintage 1973 Rough Rider Motorcycle Metal Lunch Box
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Collectible Vintage 1982 The Dark Crystal Metal Lunch Box  King Seeley Henson
Collectible Vintage 1982 The Dark Crystal Metal Lunch Box King Seeley Henson
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VINTAGE SCHULTZ PEANUTS SNOOPY CHARLIE BROWN YELLOW METAL LUNCH BOX 1965
VINTAGE SCHULTZ PEANUTS SNOOPY CHARLIE BROWN YELLOW METAL LUNCH BOX 1965
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Vintage Baseball Metal Lunch Box
Vintage Baseball 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
$24.00
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Hello Kitty vintage Metal pink Lunch Box with handle
Hello Kitty vintage Metal pink Lunch Box with handle
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Vintage Sanrio Keroppi Metal Lunch Box Silver  Free Shipping
Vintage Sanrio Keroppi Metal Lunch Box Silver Free Shipping
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SNOOPY vintage domed metal lunch box 1968 with 3 bonus gifts
SNOOPY vintage domed metal lunch box 1968 with 3 bonus gifts
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AF Vintage 1983 Aladdin Industries Masters of the Universe Metal Lunch Box
AF Vintage 1983 Aladdin Industries Masters of the Universe Metal Lunch Box
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Vintage Winnie the Pooh lunch box metal small
Vintage Winnie the Pooh lunch box metal small
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VINTAGE TIN METAL CHEINCO HOUSEWARE JEANS PATTERN PICNIC LUNCH BOX SUPERB
VINTAGE TIN METAL CHEINCO HOUSEWARE JEANS PATTERN PICNIC LUNCH BOX SUPERB
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Vintage 70s Ohio Art Fruit Themed Oranges Watermelon Houndstooth Metal Lunch Box
Vintage 70s Ohio Art Fruit Themed Oranges Watermelon Houndstooth Metal Lunch Box
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Vintage 1967 Campus Queen King Seeley Metal Lunchbox Lunch Game Box Pink
Vintage 1967 Campus Queen King Seeley Metal Lunchbox Lunch Game Box Pink
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KEROPPI TIN BOX VINTAGE 1995 SANRIO FROG METAL Lunch Box Case
KEROPPI TIN BOX VINTAGE 1995 SANRIO FROG METAL Lunch Box Case
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Hello Kitty Lunch Box 1976 2000 Metal Lunch Box Vintage
Hello Kitty Lunch Box 1976 2000 Metal Lunch Box Vintage
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THE BEATLES YELLOW SUBMARINE LUNCH BOX 1968 METAL KING SEELEY VINTAGE
THE BEATLES YELLOW SUBMARINE LUNCH BOX 1968 METAL KING SEELEY VINTAGE
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1950s Gene Autry Metal Lunch Box Vintage
1950s Gene Autry Metal Lunch Box Vintage
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Vintage WALT DISNEYS WONDERFUL WORLD WORLD ON ICE Metal Lunch Box
Vintage WALT DISNEYS WONDERFUL WORLD WORLD ON ICE Metal 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.