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 HOLLY HOBBIE Metal Lunch Box 1972 Aladdin Lunchbox FREE SHIPPING
Vintage HOLLY HOBBIE Metal Lunch Box 1972 Aladdin Lunchbox FREE SHIPPING
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Vintage Disney Winnie the Pooh Metal Lunch Box
Vintage Disney Winnie the Pooh Metal Lunch Box
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Vintage RACING WHEELS Metal Tin Lunch Box
Vintage RACING WHEELS Metal Tin Lunch Box
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Aladdin Vintage 1968 Gentle Ben Metal Lunchbox Lunch Kit Box TV Show Collectible
Aladdin Vintage 1968 Gentle Ben Metal Lunchbox Lunch Kit Box TV Show Collectible
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Vintage Metal Strawberry Shortcake Lunch Box
Vintage Metal Strawberry Shortcake Lunch Box
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Vintage Metal Lunch Box Silver  Red With Metal Handle
Vintage Metal Lunch Box Silver Red With Metal Handle
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Vintage 1957 1963 Tan Luggage Tweed Metal Lunchbox Lunch Box
Vintage 1957 1963 Tan Luggage Tweed Metal Lunchbox Lunch Box
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1996 Hello Kitty Metal Tin Can Lunch Box Teddy bear Vintage Retro From Japan
1996 Hello Kitty Metal Tin Can Lunch Box Teddy bear Vintage Retro From Japan
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Vintage aged metal lunch box
Vintage aged metal lunch box
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1957 Vintage Frontier Days Pony Express Metal Lunch Box Free Shipping
1957 Vintage Frontier Days Pony Express Metal Lunch Box Free Shipping
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Dick and Jane Vintage metal lunch box
Dick and Jane Vintage metal lunch box
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ET THE EXTRA TERRESTRIAL VINTAGE METAL LUNCH BOX 1982
ET THE EXTRA TERRESTRIAL VINTAGE METAL LUNCH BOX 1982
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Vintage Metal Lunch Box 3 Pack
Vintage Metal Lunch Box 3 Pack
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AE Vintage 1983 Aladdin Industries Walt Disney Sport Goofy Metal Lunch Box
AE Vintage 1983 Aladdin Industries Walt Disney Sport Goofy Metal Lunch Box
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Vintage 1972 Woody Woodpecker Metal Aladdin Lunch Box
Vintage 1972 Woody Woodpecker Metal Aladdin Lunch Box
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Old Timey Vintage Metal Tin Stackable 3pc Mining or Railroad bucket LUNCH BOX
Old Timey Vintage Metal Tin Stackable 3pc Mining or Railroad bucket LUNCH BOX
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Vintage Work Metal Lunch Box Leather Handle Side Slide Opening
Vintage Work Metal Lunch Box Leather Handle Side Slide Opening
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vintage lunch box Coca Cola Metal TIN Lunch Box W Coke Bottle Handle can
vintage lunch box Coca Cola Metal TIN Lunch Box W Coke Bottle Handle can
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Vintage Ohio Art 1964 World Traveler Metal Lunch Box
Vintage Ohio Art 1964 World Traveler Metal Lunch Box
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1970s Vintage Junior Miss Aladdin Metal Tin Original Lunch Box
1970s Vintage Junior Miss Aladdin Metal Tin Original Lunch Box
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Vintage Hot Wheels Metal Lunch Box 1969
Vintage Hot Wheels Metal Lunch Box 1969
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Vintage 1980 PAC MAN Metal Lunch Box BALLY MIDWAY MFG CO Aladdin on Handle
Vintage 1980 PAC MAN Metal Lunch Box BALLY MIDWAY MFG CO Aladdin on Handle
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Vintage Novo Log Pharmaceutical Drug Metal Lunch Box Diabetes Medicine Drup Rep
Vintage Novo Log Pharmaceutical Drug Metal Lunch Box Diabetes Medicine Drup Rep
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Vintage 1985 ALADDIN STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE BERRYKIN Metal LUNCH BOX  HOT
Vintage 1985 ALADDIN STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE BERRYKIN Metal LUNCH BOX HOT
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1985 Care Bears Cousins Lunchbox Metal Lunch Box vintage toys
1985 Care Bears Cousins Lunchbox Metal Lunch Box vintage toys
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Vintage Soviet USSR Tin Lunch Box Metal Bag with Girl Norma
Vintage Soviet USSR Tin Lunch Box Metal Bag with Girl Norma
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Vintage metal lunch box Coal miners lunchbox excellent condition
Vintage metal lunch box Coal miners lunchbox excellent condition
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Lot of Vintage Style Howdy Doody Metal Lunch Box and Hallmark Miniature Ornament
Lot of Vintage Style Howdy Doody Metal Lunch Box and Hallmark Miniature Ornament
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1970 Vintage Hee Haw Metal Lunchbox C 75 Lunch Box
1970 Vintage Hee Haw Metal Lunchbox C 75 Lunch Box
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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
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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.