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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THATS MY LINE METAL VINTAGE LUNCH BOX
THATS MY LINE METAL VINTAGE LUNCH BOX
$9.95
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VINTAGE 1983 CABBAGE PATCH KIDS METAL LUNCH BOX
VINTAGE 1983 CABBAGE PATCH KIDS METAL LUNCH BOX
$9.99
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VINTAGE 1981 ANNIE METAL LUNCH BOX
VINTAGE 1981 ANNIE METAL LUNCH BOX
$9.99
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VINTAGE 1983 SPORT GOOFY METAL LUNCH BOX
VINTAGE 1983 SPORT GOOFY METAL LUNCH BOX
$9.99
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VINTAGE NFL CONFERENCE METAL LUNCH BOX
VINTAGE NFL CONFERENCE METAL LUNCH BOX
$20.00
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1983 vintage Aladdin Metal Sesame Street Lunch Box Complete Great Shape
1983 vintage Aladdin Metal Sesame Street Lunch Box Complete Great Shape
$20.00
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VINTAGE MILLWRIGHT LUNCH BOX UNION WELDING MACHINIST SHEET METAL RIVET
VINTAGE MILLWRIGHT LUNCH BOX UNION WELDING MACHINIST SHEET METAL RIVET
$150.00
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VINTAGE 1980 PAC MAN METAL LUNCH BOX
VINTAGE 1980 PAC MAN METAL LUNCH BOX
$25.00
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Vintage Gene Autry Melody Ranch Metal Lunch Box
Vintage Gene Autry Melody Ranch Metal Lunch Box
$79.99
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Vintage Polly Pal Metal Lunch Boxso cute
Vintage Polly Pal Metal Lunch Boxso cute
$7.00
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VINTAGE 1978 PETES DRAGON ALADDIN METAL LUNCH BOX
VINTAGE 1978 PETES DRAGON ALADDIN METAL LUNCH BOX
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VINTAGE STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE METAL LUNCH BOX NEW NEVER USED WITH TAGS
VINTAGE STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE METAL LUNCH BOX NEW NEVER USED WITH TAGS
$59.99
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Vintage 1967 King Seeley Auto Race Magnetic Game kit metal lunch box
Vintage 1967 King Seeley Auto Race Magnetic Game kit metal lunch box
$49.99
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VINTAGE WALT DISNEY PINOCCHIO METAL LUNCH BOX ALADDIN INDUSTRIES
VINTAGE WALT DISNEY PINOCCHIO METAL LUNCH BOX ALADDIN INDUSTRIES
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Vintage Ashland Oil Metal Lunch Box Ashland Ky
Vintage Ashland Oil Metal Lunch Box Ashland Ky
$14.99
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Vintage 1974 Ohio Art Patriotic Drummer Boys Metal Litho Lunch Box Tin NICE
Vintage 1974 Ohio Art Patriotic Drummer Boys Metal Litho Lunch Box Tin NICE
$4.89
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Hallmark School Days Vintage Style Bewitched Metal Lunch Box NEW In Shrinkwrap
Hallmark School Days Vintage Style Bewitched Metal Lunch Box NEW In Shrinkwrap
$12.50
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Vintage 1980s The Dukes of Hazzard Metal Lunch Box and Thermas Set
Vintage 1980s The Dukes of Hazzard Metal Lunch Box and Thermas Set
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Vintage Original CHUCK JONES CURIOSITY SHOP Metal Lunch Box 1970s Educational
Vintage Original CHUCK JONES CURIOSITY SHOP Metal Lunch Box 1970s Educational
$9.00 (1 Bid)
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Vintage 1971 Flintstones Peebles  Bamm Bamm Metal Lunch Box
Vintage 1971 Flintstones Peebles Bamm Bamm Metal Lunch Box
$80.00
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Vintage Alladin Metal Work Industrial alluminum Dome Lunch Box
Vintage Alladin Metal Work Industrial alluminum Dome Lunch Box
$15.00
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VINTAGE EAGLE SHEET METAL LUNCH TOOL SEWING NOTION STORAGE BOX  KT
VINTAGE EAGLE SHEET METAL LUNCH TOOL SEWING NOTION STORAGE BOX KT
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Vintage Retro Lunch Box Metal Industrial Leather Handle Military Green Multi use
Vintage Retro Lunch Box Metal Industrial Leather Handle Military Green Multi use
$8.48
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VINTAGE HEATHCLIFF METAL LUNCH BOX 1982 Aladdin CAT DOG CARTOON
VINTAGE HEATHCLIFF METAL LUNCH BOX 1982 Aladdin CAT DOG CARTOON
$14.99
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VINTAGE PAC MAN METAL LUNCH BOX 1980 Bally Middway Aladdin Ghost eater
VINTAGE PAC MAN METAL LUNCH BOX 1980 Bally Middway Aladdin Ghost eater
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RAGGEDY ANN AND ANDY METAL LUNCH BOX ADVERTISING VINTAGE TOY ORIGINAL
RAGGEDY ANN AND ANDY METAL LUNCH BOX ADVERTISING VINTAGE TOY ORIGINAL
$10.00
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Vintage GI JOE Metal Lunch box
Vintage GI JOE Metal Lunch box
$48.14
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ALADDIN Light Blue Trimmed 1978 Vintage Charlies Angels Metal Lunch Box
ALADDIN Light Blue Trimmed 1978 Vintage Charlies Angels Metal Lunch Box
$41.93
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Vintage Pac Man 1980 square tin metal lunch box
Vintage Pac Man 1980 square tin metal lunch box
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vintage 1952 Tom Corbett space cadet metal lunch boxAladdin rockhill radio
vintage 1952 Tom Corbett space cadet metal lunch boxAladdin rockhill radio
$69.00
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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.