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 TM DC COMICS BATMAN METAL LUNCHBOX WITH PLASTIC HANDLE
VINTAGE TM  DC COMICS BATMAN METAL LUNCHBOX WITH PLASTIC HANDLE

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Vintage Granite ware Lidded Blue Speckled Lunch Box with Handle
Vintage Granite ware Lidded Blue Speckled Lunch Box with Handle

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Vintage Lunchbox OLD HEAVY Iron Hand Crafted Workers Blue Collar Job
Vintage Lunchbox OLD  HEAVY Iron Hand Crafted Workers Blue Collar Job

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3 Vintage Thermos Bottles All Match Different Sizes OLD Lunchbox
3 Vintage Thermos Bottles All Match Different Sizes OLD Lunchbox

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Vintage Domed Lunchbox OLD Metal Blue Paint Stars on Ends Workman Job
Vintage Domed Lunchbox OLD Metal Blue Paint Stars on Ends Workman Job

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1953 Roy Rogers Lunch Box Thermos Vintage Very Nice WesternNO RESERVE
1953 Roy Rogers Lunch Box  Thermos  Vintage  Very Nice WesternNO RESERVE

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Vintage 1981 Annie Metal Lunch Box no thermos
Vintage 1981 Annie Metal Lunch Box no thermos

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Vintage 1981 Strawberry Shortcake Metal Lunch Box no thermos
Vintage 1981 Strawberry Shortcake Metal Lunch Box no thermos

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Vintage 1982 Ronald McDonald Sheriff of Cactus County Metal Lunch Box no thermos
Vintage 1982 Ronald McDonald Sheriff of Cactus County Metal Lunch Box no thermos

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Vintage 1983 Cabbage Patch Kids Metal Lunch Box no thermos
Vintage 1983 Cabbage Patch Kids Metal Lunch Box no thermos

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Vintage 1977 Mickey Mouse Club Metal Lunch Box no thermos
Vintage 1977 Mickey Mouse Club Metal Lunch Box no thermos

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Vintage 1973 Raggedy Ann and Andy Metal Lunch Box no thermos
Vintage 1973 Raggedy Ann and Andy Metal Lunch Box no thermos

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Vintage 1978 Junior Miss Metal Lunch Box no thermos
Vintage 1978 Junior Miss Metal Lunch Box no thermos

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Vintage 1983 Care Bears Metal Lunch Box no thermos
Vintage 1983 Care Bears Metal Lunch Box no thermos

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Vintage 1983 Star Wars Return of The Jedi Metal Lunch Box no thermos
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Vintage 1980 Pac Man Metal Lunch Box no thermos
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ALADDIN vintage ANNIE metal LUNCHBOX NO THERMOS
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Vintage Lunch Box Purse Fruit Appliqu 1970S
Vintage Lunch Box Purse Fruit Appliqu 1970S

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VINTAGE LUNCHBOX ENCYCLOPEDIA ID VALUE GUIDE MEMORABILIA BOOK Full Color
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Vintage 1971 Barny Domed King Seely thermos lunch box and Generic Thermos Square
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COMPLETE Vintage Batman Joker Thermos Plastic Lunch Box 1982 Thermos Batman
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VINTAGE STANLEY ALADDIN A 1350B THERMOS AND LUNCHBOX
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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.