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 SESAME STREET Tin Metal Lunch Box
Vintage SESAME STREET Tin 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 Tin Metal Trinket Sandwich Lunch Box Gamewright
Vintage Tin Metal Trinket Sandwich Lunch Box Gamewright
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HOT WHEELS Mattel King Seeley Metal Lunch Box 1969 Vintage
HOT WHEELS Mattel King Seeley Metal Lunch Box 1969 Vintage
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Vintage Rocky and Bullwinkle metal lunch box
Vintage Rocky and Bullwinkle metal lunch box
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VINTAGE DISNEY MICKEY MOUSE SCHOOL BUS GRAPHIC METAL LUNCH BOX
VINTAGE DISNEY MICKEY MOUSE SCHOOL BUS GRAPHIC METAL LUNCH BOX
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1986 The Popples Lunchbox Metal Lunch Box vintage toys
1986 The Popples Lunchbox Metal Lunch Box vintage toys
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1979 Holly Hobbie Lunchbox Metal Lunch Box vintage dolls
1979 Holly Hobbie Lunchbox Metal Lunch Box vintage dolls
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VINTAGE COWBOY in AFRICA METAL LUNCH BOX
VINTAGE COWBOY in AFRICA METAL LUNCH BOX
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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
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Vintage 1974 Polly Pal Metal Lunch Box Leon Jason KS T
Vintage 1974 Polly Pal Metal Lunch Box Leon Jason KS T
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VINTAGE 1997 HASBRO GI JOE ACTION SOLDIER METAL LUNCH BOX W SNACK MIX
VINTAGE 1997 HASBRO GI JOE ACTION SOLDIER METAL LUNCH BOX W SNACK MIX
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AF Vintage 1983 Aladdin Industries Masters of the Universe Metal Lunch Box
AF Vintage 1983 Aladdin Industries Masters of the Universe Metal Lunch Box
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1980s 1982 VINTAGE ET THE EXTRA TERRESTRIAL METAL LUNCH BOX BY ALADDIN IND
1980s 1982 VINTAGE ET THE EXTRA TERRESTRIAL METAL LUNCH BOX BY ALADDIN IND
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VINTAGE THE WORLD OF DR SEUSS 1970 METAL LUNCH BOX
VINTAGE THE WORLD OF DR SEUSS 1970 METAL LUNCH BOX
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Vintage 1973 PEANUTS GANG Rim Metal Lunch Box King Seeley Collectible cartoon
Vintage 1973 PEANUTS GANG Rim Metal Lunch Box King Seeley Collectible cartoon
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Loungefly Hello kitty Vintage Kitty Head Metal Lunch Box 100 Brand new
Loungefly Hello kitty Vintage Kitty Head Metal Lunch Box 100 Brand new
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Vintage 1973 Emergency 51 Red Metal Lunchbox by Aladdin Lunch Box
Vintage 1973 Emergency 51 Red Metal Lunchbox by Aladdin Lunch Box
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VINTAGE 1958 ASTRONAUT ROCKET SATELLITE SPACE STATION METAL LUNCHBOX LUNCH BOX
VINTAGE 1958 ASTRONAUT ROCKET SATELLITE SPACE STATION METAL LUNCHBOX LUNCH BOX
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Vintage 1980 Pac Man Metal Lunch Box SOME DENTS
Vintage 1980 Pac Man Metal Lunch Box SOME DENTS
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Vintage 1955 Davy Crockett LunchBox Holtemp Metal Lunch Box
Vintage 1955 Davy Crockett LunchBox Holtemp Metal Lunch Box
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Vintage 1970 Yellow Junior Miss Metal Lunchbox Aladdin Metal Lunch Box
Vintage 1970 Yellow Junior Miss Metal Lunchbox Aladdin Metal Lunch Box
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Vintage 1967 Green Hornet Metal Lunch Box
Vintage 1967 Green Hornet Metal Lunch Box
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Vintage Metal Flinstones Lunch Box
Vintage Metal Flinstones Lunch Box
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Vintage The Rat Patrol Metal Lunch Box 1967
Vintage The Rat Patrol Metal Lunch Box 1967
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Hello Kitty Lunch Box 1976 2000 Metal Lunch Box Vintage
Hello Kitty Lunch Box 1976 2000 Metal Lunch Box Vintage
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VINTAGE STAR WARS KENNER RANDOM LOT OF ITEMS AS IS LOT METAL LUNCH BOX
VINTAGE STAR WARS KENNER RANDOM LOT OF ITEMS AS IS LOT METAL LUNCH BOX
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VINTAGE STAR WARS LOT OF RANDOM ITEMS AS IS LOT METAL LUNCH BOX LANDSPEEDER
VINTAGE STAR WARS LOT OF RANDOM ITEMS AS IS LOT METAL LUNCH BOX LANDSPEEDER
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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 GI JOE METAL LUNCH BOX ACTION SOLDIER HASBRO 1997
VINTAGE GI JOE METAL LUNCH BOX ACTION SOLDIER HASBRO 1997
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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.