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 1971 Peanuts Snoopy Metal Lunchbox with Thermos Lunch Box B0467
Vintage 1971 Peanuts Snoopy Metal Lunchbox with Thermos Lunch Box B0467

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ET Metal Lunchbox Vintage
ET Metal Lunchbox Vintage

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Care Bears Metal Lunchbox Vintage
Care Bears Metal Lunchbox Vintage

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VTG Bergners Boston Store Carsons Herbergers Younkers Denim Metal Lunch Box
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VINTAGE KING SEELEY THERMOS BRAND BLACK PLASTIC LUNCHBOX COOLER
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VINTAGE 1983 PLASTIC LUNCH BOX RETURN OF THE JEDI with THERMOS
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VINTAGE 1985 PLASTIC LUNCH BOX RAMBO with THERMOS
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2 Vintage CHARLIE BROWN Peanut Lunchbox Thermos Year 1952 And 1969 BLUE
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TOBACCO TIN UNION LEADER CUT PLUG VINTAGE LUNCH BOX PAIL ANTIQUE Advertising
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VINTAGE 1980 Star Wars The Empire Strikes Back Lunch Box W vintage Thermos
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Tom Corbett Space Cadet 1954 Vintage Lunchbox FREE SHIPPING
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LITTLE DUTCH MISS METAL LUNCHBOX W THERMOS Vintage 1959 UNIVERSAL RARE
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Vintage 1978 Complete Garfield Lunch Box And Thermos Bottle Used Good
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Vintage 1960 Pony Tail Girl with Poodle Dog Mid Century Vinyl Lunchbox Rare
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Vintage Igloo Cranberry Red White Playmate Elite Lunch Box Cooler Ice Chest
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VINTAGE 1983 KNIGHT RIDER METAL LUNCHBOX THERMOS DAVID HASSELHOFF NICE
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Vintage 1970s The Road Runner metal lunch box by Thermos
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VINTAGE MATTEL THE WORLD OF BARBIE 1971 BLUE AND WHITE LUNCH BOX TWIST LOCK
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Vintage Peanuts lunch box rusty no thermos
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Vintage Working Mans Black Metal Lunch Box 1025 long primitive
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Vintage Hot Wheels Mattels Toy Makers Lunch Box Featuring T Bucket W Thermos
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VINTAGE 1977 SPACE SHUTTLE ORBITER ENTERPRISE METAL LUNCH BOX WITH THERMOS
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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.