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 OHIO ART WORLD TRAVELER LUNCH BOX METAL 1964
VINTAGE OHIO ART WORLD TRAVELER LUNCH BOX METAL 1964
$19.99
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The Bionic Woman Metal Lunch Box 1978 TV Vintage Lunchbox
The Bionic Woman Metal Lunch Box 1978 TV Vintage Lunchbox
$20.00 (1 Bid)
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Beautiful Vintage Sanrio Hello Kitty Metal Tin Lunch Box Box 1993
Beautiful Vintage Sanrio Hello Kitty Metal Tin Lunch Box Box 1993
$15.00
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Alladin Metal Lunch Box The Double Deckers 1970 Vintage
Alladin Metal Lunch Box The Double Deckers 1970 Vintage
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1985 Aladdin Telepic Thundercats Metal Lunch Box In Excellent Condition Vintage
1985 Aladdin Telepic Thundercats Metal Lunch Box In Excellent Condition Vintage
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Mickey Mouse walt disney metal lunch box vintageworld on icewonderful world
Mickey Mouse walt disney metal lunch box vintageworld on icewonderful world
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Vintage 1970s Ohio Art See America metal lunch box
Vintage 1970s Ohio Art See America metal lunch box
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VINTAGE 1980 PAC MAN METAL LUNCH BOX
VINTAGE 1980 PAC MAN METAL LUNCH BOX
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COLLECTIBLE CAMPBELLS KIDS TOMATO SOUP METAL LUNCH BOX  VINTAGE SP SPOON NR
COLLECTIBLE CAMPBELLS KIDS TOMATO SOUP METAL LUNCH BOX VINTAGE SP SPOON NR
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Vintage Bazooka Bubble Gum Topps Baseball Cards Metal Lunch Box
Vintage Bazooka Bubble Gum Topps Baseball Cards Metal Lunch Box
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Vintage 1973 Peanuts Gang Orange Rim King Seely Metal Lunch Box
Vintage 1973 Peanuts Gang Orange Rim King Seely Metal Lunch Box
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Care Bears Vintage Metal Lunch Box
Care Bears Vintage Metal Lunch Box
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Walt Disney Wonderful World World On Ice Vintage Metal Lunch Box
Walt Disney Wonderful World World On Ice Vintage Metal Lunch Box
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Vintage Metal workmans Star Metal Lunch Box
Vintage Metal workmans Star Metal Lunch Box
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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 60s ALADDIN US MAIL MAIL BOX DOME METAL LUNCH BOX
VINTAGE 60s ALADDIN US MAIL MAIL BOX DOME METAL LUNCH BOX
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Vintage ANNIE Metal Lunch Box by ALADDIN 1981 Carol Burnett
Vintage ANNIE Metal Lunch Box by ALADDIN 1981 Carol Burnett
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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
$24.95
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Vintage 1969 Aladdin Psychedelic Metal Dome Lunch Box
Vintage 1969 Aladdin Psychedelic Metal Dome Lunch Box
$18.50 (3 Bids)
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Vintage 1996 Sanrio Hello Kitty Red Plaid Metal Tin Lunch Storage Box w Handle
Vintage 1996 Sanrio Hello Kitty Red Plaid Metal Tin Lunch Storage Box w Handle
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Vintage Ohio Art Metal Flower Power Floral Lunch Box
Vintage Ohio Art Metal Flower Power Floral Lunch Box
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Vintage Metal Black Lunch Box
Vintage Metal Black Lunch Box
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VINTAGE BLACK METAL ADULT LUNCH BOX
VINTAGE BLACK METAL ADULT LUNCH BOX
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Vintage 1980 The Legend of the Lone Ranger Metal Lunch Box
Vintage 1980 The Legend of the Lone Ranger Metal Lunch Box
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SESAME STREET METAL LUNCH BOX VINTAGE 1983
SESAME STREET METAL LUNCH BOX VINTAGE 1983
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1960s Vintage Metal Plaid Lunch Box made in the USA
1960s Vintage Metal Plaid Lunch Box made in the USA
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Vintage Small Steel Tool Box Large Metal Lunch Box w Handle
Vintage Small Steel Tool Box Large Metal Lunch Box w Handle
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Vintage 1980 The Legend of the Lone Ranger Metal Lunch Box Nice Shape
Vintage 1980 The Legend of the Lone Ranger Metal Lunch Box Nice Shape
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Vintage LASSIE MINI TIN METAL LUNCH BOX THE TIN BOX COMPANY GREAT COND
Vintage LASSIE MINI TIN METAL LUNCH BOX THE TIN BOX COMPANY GREAT COND
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Vintage PARA MEDIC Unit 45 Emergency Metal Lunch Box Style Kids Toy By Ohio Art
Vintage PARA MEDIC Unit 45 Emergency Metal Lunch Box Style Kids Toy By Ohio Art
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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.