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 College Pennants metal lunch box Notre Dame Navy Army Ohio St Purdue USC
Vintage College Pennants metal lunch box Notre Dame Navy Army Ohio St Purdue USC
$59.00
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Vintage alladin Disney Express metal lunch box
Vintage alladin Disney Express metal lunch box
$6.99
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90s Vintage Harley Davidson Motorcycle Lunch Box Metal Tin Case Trinket Box
90s Vintage Harley Davidson Motorcycle Lunch Box Metal Tin Case Trinket Box
$10.93
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VINTAGE METAL LUNCH BOX CARRYING DOLL CASE ROPE HANDLE
VINTAGE METAL LUNCH BOX CARRYING DOLL CASE ROPE HANDLE
$25.00
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1980 Vintage Metal Lunch Box POPEYE School Lunchbox
1980 Vintage Metal Lunch Box POPEYE School Lunchbox
$13.50 (3 Bids)
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Vintage Metal Lunch Box 1960s DISNEY EXPRESS Aladdin Box Walt Disney Cartoons
Vintage Metal Lunch Box 1960s DISNEY EXPRESS Aladdin Box Walt Disney Cartoons
$15.00
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Vintage Metal Lunch Box Push Button Blue
Vintage Metal Lunch Box Push Button Blue
$4.95
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Vintage 1971 Flintstones Peebles  Bamm Bamm Metal Lunch Box
Vintage 1971 Flintstones Peebles Bamm Bamm Metal Lunch Box
$80.00
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Happy Days Metal Lunch Box Vintage 1976 Ron Howard  Henry Winkler
Happy Days Metal Lunch Box Vintage 1976 Ron Howard Henry Winkler
$19.99 (3 Bids)
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Hair Bear Bunch vintage metal lunch box 1971
Hair Bear Bunch vintage metal lunch box 1971
$12.50
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Vintage aged metal lunch box
Vintage aged metal lunch box
$25.00
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Vintage 1972 Sport Skwirts metal lunch box Ohio Art Sellling collection
Vintage 1972 Sport Skwirts metal lunch box Ohio Art Sellling collection
$69.99
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1975 Vintage Back in 76 metal lunch box Selling our collection
1975 Vintage Back in 76 metal lunch box Selling our collection
$39.99
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Unused Vintage 1982 Ronald McDonald Sheriff of Cactus Canyon metal lunch box
Unused Vintage 1982 Ronald McDonald Sheriff of Cactus Canyon metal lunch box
$75.00
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Vintage 1975 metal Denim Diner Dome lunch box
Vintage 1975 metal Denim Diner Dome lunch box
$22.99
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1982 Vintage metal Hansel and Gretal lunch box NM selling collection
1982 Vintage metal Hansel and Gretal lunch box NM selling collection
$79.99
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1980 Vintage metal Snow White and 7 dwarfs lunch box Nice selling collection
1980 Vintage metal Snow White and 7 dwarfs lunch box Nice selling collection
$34.99
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Vintage Reeses Peanut Butter Cup Metal Tin Lunch Box NEW
Vintage Reeses Peanut Butter Cup Metal Tin Lunch Box NEW
$13.50
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Vintage Animal Friends Metal Lunch Box
Vintage Animal Friends Metal Lunch Box
$1.99
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Vintage aged metal lunch box
Vintage aged metal lunch box
$10.00
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1966 Vintage Get Smart Metal Lunch Box
1966 Vintage Get Smart Metal Lunch Box
$39.00 (2 Bids)
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Vintage Hong Kong Phooey metal lunch box 1975 Hanna Barbera TV cartoon
Vintage Hong Kong Phooey metal lunch box 1975 Hanna Barbera TV cartoon
$37.45 (9 Bids)
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vintage 1982 McDonalds Aladdin metal lunch box Ronald McDonald sheriff western
vintage 1982 McDonalds Aladdin metal lunch box Ronald McDonald sheriff western
$19.99
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Vintage 1983 Masters Of The Universe Metal Lunchbox lunch box
Vintage 1983 Masters Of The Universe Metal Lunchbox lunch box
$19.99
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VINTAGE 1979 SESAME STREET METAL LUNCH BOX FOUR SEASONS DESIGN ON SIDES
VINTAGE 1979 SESAME STREET METAL LUNCH BOX FOUR SEASONS DESIGN ON SIDES
$10.00
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Vintage Metal Lunch Box Measures 5 x 6 x 3
Vintage Metal Lunch Box Measures 5 x 6 x 3
$3.99
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VINTAGE 1955 METAL ALADDIN LUNCH BOX WILD BILL HICKOK  JINGLES WESTERN
VINTAGE 1955 METAL ALADDIN LUNCH BOX WILD BILL HICKOK JINGLES WESTERN
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Vintage Metal Lunch Box Chuck E Cheese Children Toy 2006 Collectible Good Cond
Vintage Metal Lunch Box Chuck E Cheese Children Toy 2006 Collectible Good Cond
$9.00
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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
$32.00
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Vintage V Dome Black Metal Lunch Box
Vintage V Dome Black 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.