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 1981 Disneys Fox And The Hound Metal Lunch Box By Aladdin
Vintage 1981 Disneys Fox And The Hound Metal Lunch Box By Aladdin
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Vintage 1982 RONALD McDONALD SHERIFF OF CACTUS CANYON Aladdin Metal Lunch Box
Vintage 1982 RONALD McDONALD SHERIFF OF CACTUS CANYON Aladdin Metal Lunch Box
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Spam Lunch Box Retro Vintage Style Metal Lunch Tin 7x8
Spam Lunch Box Retro Vintage Style Metal Lunch Tin 7x8
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METAL LUNCH BOX LUNCHBOX STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE VINTAGE
METAL LUNCH BOX LUNCHBOX STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE VINTAGE
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Vintage Schylling Keepsake Madeline Metal Lunch Box with Tag 1997
Vintage Schylling Keepsake Madeline Metal Lunch Box with Tag 1997
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VINTAGE TIN METAL WOOD PATTERN  HANDLE PICNIC BASKET BREAD BOX LUNCH BOX NICE
VINTAGE TIN METAL WOOD PATTERN HANDLE PICNIC BASKET BREAD BOX LUNCH BOX NICE
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Vintage 1986 Popples Alladin Tin Metal Childrens Lunch Box
Vintage 1986 Popples Alladin Tin Metal Childrens Lunch Box
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Vintage Metal Enstein Bros Bagels Lunch Box Skip Rope Not Lunch 2001
Vintage Metal Enstein Bros Bagels Lunch Box Skip Rope Not Lunch 2001
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Vintage Peanuts Red Metal Lunch Box 1965
Vintage Peanuts Red Metal Lunch Box 1965
$17.00 (4 Bids)
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Vintage 1979 Walt Disney Prod Aladdin Ind THE BLACK HOLE Tin Metal Lunch Box
Vintage 1979 Walt Disney Prod Aladdin Ind THE BLACK HOLE Tin Metal Lunch Box
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VINTAGE DAVY CROCKETT METAL LUNCH BOX LOOK
VINTAGE DAVY CROCKETT METAL LUNCH BOX LOOK
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Unique Vintage Folding Tin Metal Lunch Box Moores Moores Patented June 6 1871
Unique Vintage Folding Tin Metal Lunch Box Moores Moores Patented June 6 1871
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VINTAGE 1977 HARDY BOYS MYSTERIES METAL LUNCH BOX
VINTAGE 1977 HARDY BOYS MYSTERIES METAL LUNCH BOX
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Vintage TOLE TOLEWARE painted metal ALADDIN lunch box lunchbox FOLK ART
Vintage TOLE TOLEWARE painted metal ALADDIN lunch box lunchbox FOLK ART
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Vintage 1971 Flintstones Pebbles  Bamm Bamm Metal Lunch Box
Vintage 1971 Flintstones Pebbles Bamm Bamm Metal Lunch Box
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VINTAGE Roy Rogers and Dale Evans Double R Bar Ranch Metal Lunch Box
VINTAGE Roy Rogers and Dale Evans Double R Bar Ranch Metal Lunch Box
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Vintage 1950 Hopalong Cassidy Blue Western TV Metal Aladdin Lunch Box
Vintage 1950 Hopalong Cassidy Blue Western TV Metal Aladdin Lunch Box
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Vintage Metal Round School Lunch Bucket Box Applied Owls 4 3 4 x 6 Diameter
Vintage Metal Round School Lunch Bucket Box Applied Owls 4 3 4 x 6 Diameter
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Vintage 1970s Nancy Drew Theme Metal Lunch Box
Vintage 1970s Nancy Drew Theme Metal Lunch Box
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Roy Rogers and Dale Evans Double R Bar Ranch Lunch box metal cowboy Vintage
Roy Rogers and Dale Evans Double R Bar Ranch Lunch box metal cowboy Vintage
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KEROPPI TIN BOX Vintage 1996 SANRIO Frog METAL Lunch Box Case KERO KERO Handle
KEROPPI TIN BOX Vintage 1996 SANRIO Frog METAL Lunch Box Case KERO KERO Handle
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Vintage 1970s Walt Disney World Country Bear Jamboree Metal Lunch Box Mickey
Vintage 1970s Walt Disney World Country Bear Jamboree Metal Lunch Box Mickey
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MICKEY MOUSE CLUB METAL LUNCH BOX VINTAGE 1977 LUNCHBOX Lisa Welchel
MICKEY MOUSE CLUB METAL LUNCH BOX VINTAGE 1977 LUNCHBOX Lisa Welchel
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VINTAGE THE RIFLEMAN METAL LUNCH BOX 1960
VINTAGE THE RIFLEMAN METAL LUNCH BOX 1960
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VINTAGE1963 Wagon Train Stagecoach Western Cowboy Metal Lunch Box
VINTAGE1963 Wagon Train Stagecoach Western Cowboy Metal Lunch Box
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Vintage Metal Space Lunch Box
Vintage Metal Space Lunch Box
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Vintage 10 Black Dome Metal V Lunch Box Great Patina
Vintage 10 Black Dome Metal V Lunch Box Great Patina
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Vintage Aladdin Black Metal Work Industrial Mans Lunch Box Dome MADE NASHVILLE
Vintage Aladdin Black Metal Work Industrial Mans Lunch Box Dome MADE NASHVILLE
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Vintage Work Metal Lunch Box Leather Handle Side Slide Opening
Vintage Work Metal Lunch Box Leather Handle Side Slide Opening
$25.00
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1983 Sesame Street Metal Lunch Box Vintage Box Bert  Ernie
1983 Sesame Street Metal Lunch Box Vintage Box Bert Ernie
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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.