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 green Stanley Aladdin work picnic lunchbox and thermos Locking Handle
Vintage green Stanley Aladdin work picnic lunchbox and thermos Locking Handle

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VINTAGE 1977 THERMOS STAR WARS METAL LUNCHBOX THERMOS ORIGINAL 2
VINTAGE 1977 THERMOS STAR WARS METAL LUNCHBOX  THERMOS ORIGINAL 2

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RARE Vintage CHANEL Quilted Pink Patent MINI Lunch Box Vanity Case Bag
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Vintage Indiana Jones Temple of Doom Metal Lunch Box with Thermos 1984 Good+
Vintage Indiana Jones Temple of Doom Metal Lunch Box with Thermos 1984 Good+

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Vintage Justice League DC Super Powers Metal Lunch Box with Thermos 1983 GREAT
Vintage Justice League DC Super Powers Metal Lunch Box with Thermos 1983 GREAT

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Vintage 1985 Care Bear Cousins Alladin tin metal lunch box complete with thermos
Vintage 1985 Care Bear Cousins Alladin tin metal lunch box complete with thermos

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VINTAGE LITTLE ORPHAN ANNIE METAL LUNCH BOX PAIL ONLY 1981 ALADDIN INDUSTRIES
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Vintage Zorro Aladdin Metal Lunchbox Walt Disney
Vintage Zorro Aladdin Metal Lunchbox Walt Disney

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Aladdin 1976 Vintage DC Comics SuperFriends Metal Lunch Box w Thermos
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Vintage Thermo Fisher Scientific Lunch Box All PCR No Apologies 2016 Tour
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Vintage 1970 The Brady Bunch Metal Lunch Box Thermos
Vintage 1970 The Brady Bunch Metal Lunch Box Thermos

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Vintage Lunchbox and Vacuum Bottle Combo Retro Lunch Construction Worker Box New
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Vintage 1960s JULIA TV show Lunchbox with no Thermos
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Vintage 1965 PEANUTS Charlie Brown Snoopy Metal Lunch Box by Thermos
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Vintage Peanuts Lunchbox Thermos Charlie Brown Snoopy Comic Strip White Handle
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Vintage 1965 Skipper Vinyl Lunch Box Pink Mattel Barbie Friends
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Vintage 1965 Skipper Vinyl Lunch Box Dark Pink Mattel Barbie
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Vintage 1965 Skipper Barbie Midge Black and Red Thermos for Lunchbox
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Vintage 1959 Rare metal Little Dutch Miss lunch box and thermos
Vintage 1959 Rare metal Little Dutch Miss lunch box and thermos

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Vintage 1973 Rare 7 metal Green NFL lunch box and thermos Rare 8
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1962 Vintage metal Mike Mercury Supercar lunch box
1962 Vintage metal Mike Mercury Supercar lunch box

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Vintage 1967 Rare 7 Its About Time metal Dome lunch box
Vintage 1967 Rare 7 Its About Time metal Dome lunch box

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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.