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 shabby tall baby blue tin metal lunch box handles made in Japan
vintage shabby tall baby blue tin metal lunch box handles made in Japan
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VINTAGE METAL Tin SPORTS LUNCH BOX Container Made by DECOWARE
VINTAGE METAL Tin SPORTS LUNCH BOX Container Made by DECOWARE
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Fabulous Vintage Care Bears Metal Lunch Box  13 Figures Of All Kinds LOOK
Fabulous Vintage Care Bears Metal Lunch Box 13 Figures Of All Kinds LOOK
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Vintage Man Miners Metal Lunch Box W Cup And Wood Handle Republic Excellent
Vintage Man Miners Metal Lunch Box W Cup And Wood Handle Republic Excellent
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Haribo Gold Bears Tin Metal Lunch Box Vintage Gold Bears Collectible
Haribo Gold Bears Tin Metal Lunch Box Vintage Gold Bears Collectible
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Vintage 1970s Walt Disney Aladdin Robin Hood Metal Lunch Box
Vintage 1970s Walt Disney Aladdin Robin Hood Metal Lunch Box
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VINTAGE BLACK METAL LUNCH BOX
VINTAGE BLACK METAL LUNCH BOX
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Asian Women Vintage Style Lunch Box Collectible Metal Yellow with Insect Spray
Asian Women Vintage Style Lunch Box Collectible Metal Yellow with Insect Spray
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Vintage Official Coca Cola Bottle Metal Tin Lunch Box Shaped Like a 6 Pack w tag
Vintage Official Coca Cola Bottle Metal Tin Lunch Box Shaped Like a 6 Pack w tag
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VINTAGE HOWDY DOODY METAL LUNCH BOX AMERICAN HISTORY ALBUM SERIES 1
VINTAGE HOWDY DOODY METAL LUNCH BOX AMERICAN HISTORY ALBUM SERIES 1
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VINTAGE GI JOE METAL LUNCH BOX ACTION SOLDIER HASBRO 1997
VINTAGE GI JOE METAL LUNCH BOX ACTION SOLDIER HASBRO 1997
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Vintage Industrial Metal Working Man Factory Lunch Box DD
Vintage Industrial Metal Working Man Factory Lunch Box DD
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Vintage Huckleberry Hound and his friends Metal Lunch Box
Vintage Huckleberry Hound and his friends Metal Lunch Box
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vintage hot wheels metal lunch box
vintage hot wheels metal lunch box
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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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ThunderCats vintage metal lunch box By Aladdin
ThunderCats vintage metal lunch box By Aladdin
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Vintage Original King Seeley BOBBY SHERMAN METAL TIN Lunch Box 1972
Vintage Original King Seeley BOBBY SHERMAN METAL TIN Lunch Box 1972
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Vintage 1957 Jet Patrol US Navy Air Force fighter jets metal lunch box Aladdin
Vintage 1957 Jet Patrol US Navy Air Force fighter jets metal lunch box Aladdin
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Vintage 1971 Flintstones Pebbles  Bamm Bamm metal lunch box by Aladdin
Vintage 1971 Flintstones Pebbles Bamm Bamm metal lunch box by Aladdin
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Vintage 1967 GI Joe Metal Lunch Box Hassenfeld Army
Vintage 1967 GI Joe Metal Lunch Box Hassenfeld Army
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Vintage Curious George Lunch Box Beach Ball Giraffe 6 x 5 Collectible Metal Tin
Vintage Curious George Lunch Box Beach Ball Giraffe 6 x 5 Collectible Metal Tin
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VINTAGE MLB Tampa BayRAYS Metal LUNCH BOX TG LEE AND 2 MORE LIONEL + SCOOBYDOO
VINTAGE MLB Tampa BayRAYS Metal LUNCH BOX TG LEE AND 2 MORE LIONEL + SCOOBYDOO
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Vintage 1980 PAC MAN Bally Midway Metal Storage or Lunch Box w Handles
Vintage 1980 PAC MAN Bally Midway Metal Storage or Lunch Box w Handles
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Vintage 1960s Metal Dome Lunchbox Lunch Box Walt Disney School Bus
Vintage 1960s Metal Dome Lunchbox Lunch Box Walt Disney School Bus
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VINTAGE TIN METAL LUNCH BOX WORK INDUSTRIAL
VINTAGE TIN METAL LUNCH BOX WORK INDUSTRIAL
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Vintage METAL LUNCH BOX RED BARN 9x7x5 approx painted sheet metal gray dome
Vintage METAL LUNCH BOX RED BARN 9x7x5 approx painted sheet metal gray dome
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HANDCRAFTED BIRDHOUSEVINTAGE METAL LUNCH BOXSHABBY COTTAGEYARD ART
HANDCRAFTED BIRDHOUSEVINTAGE METAL LUNCH BOXSHABBY COTTAGEYARD ART
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Vintage Metal Lunch Box OHIO ART CO
Vintage Metal Lunch Box OHIO ART CO
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Vintage The Fall Guy Metal Lunch Box Look
Vintage The Fall Guy Metal Lunch Box Look
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VINTAGE METAL LUNCH BOX 1980 PAC MAN
VINTAGE METAL LUNCH BOX 1980 PAC MAN
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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.