Vintage Lunch Boxes

Vintage lunch boxes can make great collectibles. For those who enjoy collecting antique pieces, you will love collecting these lunch boxes. There were many themes, characters and designs to choose from. Whether you enjoyed Snoopy, Star Trek or The Jetsons, there is probably a lunch box out there with the same theme. Kids loved being able to show off their favorite characters to their friends and comparing lunch boxes.

The first lunch boxes that were produced were made of metal. Many children and parents loved this feature because the metal was able to keep the lunches cold. These lunch boxes are considered to be a very vintage item to own. Over the years, the lunch boxes began to rust and it became a hazard to children. Then, they started making them in plastic, which are also considered to be vintage lunch boxes. Both of them came with insulated thermoses to keep the children's drinks cold until lunch time.

These days, lunches are often packed in a brown paper bag or a simple cloth bag to make it more practical and easier for the children instead of lugging their boxes with them. However, owning a collectable lunch box can definitely be worth some money.

Vintage 1965 Peanuts Charlie Brown Metal Lunch Box W O Thermos
Vintage 1965 Peanuts Charlie Brown Metal Lunch Box W O Thermos

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RARE Vtg 1975 Hong Kong Phooey Lunch Box And Thermos GC
RARE Vtg 1975 Hong Kong Phooey Lunch Box And Thermos GC

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1985 Double Decker Dome Lunch Box No Thermos Vintage VERY RARE Japanese Sanrio
1985 Double Decker Dome Lunch Box No Thermos Vintage VERY RARE Japanese Sanrio

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Vintage Tattooed Teenage Alien Fighters Graphic 1996 Plastic Blue Lunch Box
Vintage Tattooed Teenage Alien Fighters Graphic 1996 Plastic Blue Lunch Box

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Vintage Annie Metal Lunchbox by Aladdin Co 1981 Raised Characters W Thermoses
Vintage Annie Metal Lunchbox by Aladdin Co 1981 Raised Characters W Thermoses

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1982 Disney Wonderful World Lunch Box Thermos Vintage Unused Nr Mint Paper
1982 Disney Wonderful World Lunch Box  Thermos  Vintage  Unused Nr Mint Paper

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RARE VTG 1968 GENTLE BEN METAL LUNCHBOX THERMOS
RARE VTG 1968 GENTLE BEN METAL LUNCHBOX  THERMOS

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1978 Vintage Aladdin CHARLIES ANGELS Metal Lunchbox Thermos
1978 Vintage Aladdin CHARLIES ANGELS Metal Lunchbox  Thermos

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EARLY lunchbox thermos UNUSED Vtg O KAY USA 4 Early 50s POPEYE UNDERDOG ect NR
EARLY lunchbox thermos UNUSED Vtg O KAY USA 4 Early 50s POPEYE UNDERDOG ect NR

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Vintage Ohio Art Metal CN CP Rail Train Railroad LUNCH BOX
Vintage Ohio Art Metal CN CP Rail Train Railroad LUNCH BOX

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Set of 2 Collectible Vintage 1998 Peanuts Joe Cool Tin Mini Lunch Box
Set of 2 Collectible Vintage 1998 Peanuts Joe Cool Tin Mini  Lunch Box

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3 Vintage Mini Tin Lunch Boxes Atomic Fireball Tootsie Pops And Lemonheads
3 Vintage Mini Tin Lunch Boxes Atomic Fireball  Tootsie Pops And Lemonheads

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VINTAGE METAL LUNCHBOX DOME CASEY JONES WITH THERMOS
VINTAGE METAL LUNCHBOX DOME CASEY JONES WITH THERMOS

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Vintage Metal Lunchbox
Vintage Metal Lunchbox

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Vintage Thermos Metal Dome V Lunch Box With Red Cup Thermos Black red USA
Vintage Thermos Metal Dome V Lunch Box With Red Cup Thermos Black red USA

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Vintage 1960s 1970s DISNEY ON PARADE MICKEY MOUSE LUNCHBOX WITH THERMO
Vintage 1960s 1970s DISNEY ON PARADE MICKEY MOUSE LUNCHBOX WITH THERMO

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Vintage 1984 RAMBO LUNCHBOX WITH NO THERMO TELEVISION MOVIE SERIES
Vintage 1984 RAMBO LUNCHBOX WITH NO THERMO TELEVISION MOVIE SERIES

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Vintage 1979 Sesame Street Metal ALLADIN Lunch Box w Thermos
Vintage 1979 Sesame Street Metal ALLADIN Lunch Box w Thermos

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VTG1960s ALADDIN LUNCH BOX WALT DISNEY SCHOOL BUS ALADDIN MOLDED IN HANDLE
VTG1960s ALADDIN LUNCH BOX WALT DISNEY SCHOOL BUS ALADDIN MOLDED IN HANDLE

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Vintage 1979 Topps Bazooka Joe Bubble Gum Metal LunchboxMortimerPestyJanePat
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RARE Vtg 1972 Woody Woodpecker metal Lunchbox W Thermos Team Woody
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VINTAGE 18 WHEELER metal lunch box 1978 RARE VHTF
VINTAGE 18 WHEELER metal lunch box 1978 RARE VHTF

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Depending on what era you group in, chances are you carried your lunch to school in a steel lunch box. If you grew up in the fifties it was probably a Roy Rogers, Gene Autry, or other cowboy themed box. The children of the sixties and seventies sported boxes adorned with scenes from the popular sitcoms of the day, or sports themes. The eighties saw a rise in cartoon and action figure boxes. The mid eighties signaled the death of steel boxes, as students began using them as weapons. Ironically, Rambo was the last steel box manufactured.

Those vintage lunch boxes are highly desirable and very valuable to collectors. Some of the rarer ones, like a 1954 Super Man box, or the scarce Toppie the Elephant, can fetch thousands. Even the most common boxes, like the 1986 Rambo or 1985 Cabbage Patch Kids, can command prices of $50 or more, depending on the condition.

Collecting vintage lunch boxes can be quite enjoyable, and make for a very colorful display. There are literally hundreds of different steel lunch boxes, covering everything from a loaf of bread to The Wonderful World of Metrics to a mailbox lunch box. Deciding what styles to collect often depend on availability and budget.