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 1980 Dukes of Hazard Metal Lunch Box
Vintage 1980 Dukes of Hazard Metal Lunch Box
$44.99
Vintage 1981 Strawberry Shortcake Metal Lunch Box by Aladdin Industries
Vintage 1981 Strawberry Shortcake Metal Lunch Box by Aladdin Industries
$14.99
MICKEY MOUSE CLUB METAL LUNCH BOX VINTAGE 1977 LUNCHBOX Lisa Welchel
MICKEY MOUSE CLUB METAL LUNCH BOX VINTAGE 1977 LUNCHBOX Lisa Welchel
$15.00
Vintage 1979 Disco Theme Metal Lunch Box
Vintage 1979 Disco Theme Metal Lunch Box
$29.99
Vintage Metal Aladdin Lunch Box
Vintage Metal Aladdin Lunch Box
$20.00
VINTAGE 1956 ROBIN HOOD METAL LUNCH BOX ALADDIN INDUSTRIES NASHVILLE TENN USA
VINTAGE 1956 ROBIN HOOD METAL LUNCH BOX ALADDIN INDUSTRIES NASHVILLE TENN USA
$59.95
COCA COLA POLAR BEARS METAL LUNCHBOX 1998 EXCELLENT COND LUNCH BOX BEAR VINTAGE
COCA COLA POLAR BEARS METAL LUNCHBOX 1998 EXCELLENT COND LUNCH BOX BEAR VINTAGE
$9.00
VINTAGE ALADDIN BLACK DOME LUNCH BOX 1950S METAL
VINTAGE ALADDIN BLACK DOME LUNCH BOX 1950S METAL
$6.50
Vintage 1984 Ohio Art Color Me Happy Vintage Metal Lunch Box
Vintage 1984 Ohio Art Color Me Happy Vintage Metal Lunch Box
$7.99
JOHNNY LIGHTNING Vintage 1970 Metal Lunch Box
JOHNNY LIGHTNING Vintage 1970 Metal Lunch Box
$69.00
Scooby Doo lunch tin pink lunchbox box metal vintage old collectible Shaggy
Scooby Doo lunch tin pink lunchbox box metal vintage old collectible Shaggy
$7.39
Scooby Doo lunch tin yellow unleashed childens lunch box metal vintage old
Scooby Doo lunch tin yellow unleashed childens lunch box metal vintage old
$4.00
Vintage 1983 Metal Aladdin Care Bear Lunch Box Blue White
Vintage 1983 Metal Aladdin Care Bear Lunch Box Blue White
$9.99
Vintage Metal Lunch Box
Vintage Metal Lunch Box
$9.99
Vintage metal lunch boxworld famous Ohio art countries germanyhollandbritain
Vintage metal lunch boxworld famous Ohio art countries germanyhollandbritain
$26.99
Vintage 1980s Popples Metal Lunch Box
Vintage 1980s Popples Metal Lunch Box
$9.99
Vintage 1972 Curiosity Shop Metal Lunch Box
Vintage 1972 Curiosity Shop Metal Lunch Box
$9.99
Mickey Mouse walt disney metal lunch box vintageworld on icewonderful world
Mickey Mouse walt disney metal lunch box vintageworld on icewonderful world
$19.99
Sport Goofy old vintage metal lunch boxalladindisney characters
Sport Goofy old vintage metal lunch boxalladindisney characters
$19.99
Vintage 1983 Metal Cabbage Patch Kids Lunch Box
Vintage 1983 Metal Cabbage Patch Kids Lunch Box
$9.99
METAL VINTAGE 1970 TOPPER CORPORATION LUNCH BOX + ALADDIN THERMOSES USED W WEAR
METAL VINTAGE 1970 TOPPER CORPORATION LUNCH BOX + ALADDIN THERMOSES USED W WEAR
$26.99
METAL VINTAGE 1971 PEBBLES+BAMM BAMM LUNCH BOX + ALADDIN THERMOSES USED W WEAR
METAL VINTAGE 1971 PEBBLES+BAMM BAMM LUNCH BOX + ALADDIN THERMOSES USED W WEAR
$22.99
VINTAGE 1981 ANNIE METAL LUNCH BOX
VINTAGE 1981 ANNIE METAL LUNCH BOX
$9.99
METAL VINTAGE 1973 WEE PALS KID POWER LUNCH BOX + THERMOSES THERMOSUSED W WEAR
METAL VINTAGE 1973 WEE PALS KID POWER LUNCH BOX + THERMOSES THERMOSUSED W WEAR
$19.99
Vintage 1982 Walt Disney Wonderful World World On Ice Metal Lunch Box
Vintage 1982 Walt Disney Wonderful World World On Ice Metal Lunch Box
$9.99
Kung Fu lunch box original King Seeley Thermo Co vintage 1974 metal D Carradine
Kung Fu lunch box original King Seeley Thermo Co vintage 1974 metal D Carradine
$60.00
Fat Albert lunch box original King Seeley Thermo Co vintage 1973 metal Cosby
Fat Albert lunch box original King Seeley Thermo Co vintage 1973 metal Cosby
$50.00
NFL American and National Conferences 1978 Vintage Metal Lunchbox Lunch Box
NFL American and National Conferences 1978 Vintage Metal Lunchbox Lunch Box
$29.99
Strawberry Shortcake 1985 Vintage Metal Lunchbox Lunch Box
Strawberry Shortcake 1985 Vintage Metal Lunchbox Lunch Box
$29.99
Mr Merlin 1981 Vintage Metal Lunchbox Lunch Box
Mr Merlin 1981 Vintage Metal Lunchbox Lunch Box
$29.99

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.