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 1954 THE LONE RANGER RED BAND ADCO LIBERTY METAL LUNCHBOX
VINTAGE 1954 THE LONE RANGER RED BAND ADCO LIBERTY METAL LUNCHBOX

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Vintage Metal Childs Lunchbox Sandwich Box England
Vintage Metal Childs Lunchbox Sandwich Box England

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Vintage 1983 DC Super Powers Metal Lunch Box with Matching Thermos
Vintage 1983 DC Super Powers Metal Lunch Box with Matching Thermos

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VINTAGE 1954 THE LONE RANGER BLUE BAND ADCO LIBERTY METAL LUNCH BOX
VINTAGE 1954 THE LONE RANGER BLUE BAND ADCO LIBERTY METAL LUNCH BOX

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1969 Vintage King Seeley Thermos PLAY BALL Baseball Metal Lunchbox RARE
1969 Vintage King Seeley Thermos PLAY BALL Baseball Metal Lunchbox RARE

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Vintage Thermos Popeye Lunchbox King Feat 1964 Fair Good Condition No Thermos
Vintage Thermos Popeye Lunchbox King Feat 1964 Fair Good Condition No Thermos

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NOS Vintage Dallas Cowboys NFL Football Reuseable LUNCHBOX System by Thermos
NOS Vintage Dallas Cowboys NFL Football Reuseable LUNCHBOX System by Thermos

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YELP 2525 METAL LUNCH BOX VINTAGE
YELP 2525 METAL LUNCH BOX VINTAGE

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Vintage Priscilla Ware US Aluminum Lunchbox Pail Used to carry lunch to DELCO
Vintage Priscilla Ware US Aluminum Lunchbox Pail Used to carry lunch to DELCO

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VINTAGE FRENCH ENAMELWARE BLACK GREEN WHITE LUNCH BOX PAIL LIFT OUT TRAY
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Vintage 1963 Space Lunch Box King Seeley Thermos Co Space Lunch
Vintage 1963 Space Lunch Box King Seeley Thermos Co Space Lunch

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VINTAGE 1978 Aladdin BATTLESTAR GALACTICA Metal Lunch Box star battleship battle
VINTAGE 1978 Aladdin BATTLESTAR GALACTICA Metal Lunch Box star battleship battle

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Vtg Peanuts Charlie Brown Snoopy Woodstock Thermos Bottle Lunchbox
Vtg Peanuts Charlie Brown Snoopy Woodstock Thermos Bottle Lunchbox

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DUKES OF HAZZARD LUNCHBOX 1980 Aladdin Metal Thermos Vintage tv show HIGH END
DUKES OF HAZZARD LUNCHBOX 1980 Aladdin Metal Thermos Vintage tv show HIGH END

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Vintage Thermos Brand The California Raisins Lunch Box Brand New
Vintage Thermos Brand The California Raisins Lunch Box Brand New

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Vintage Madame Alexander 8 School Days Coca Cola Doll in the Lunch Box
Vintage Madame Alexander 8 School Days Coca Cola Doll in the Lunch Box

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Antq Vtg Floral Handled Cookie Tin or Lunch Box
Antq Vtg Floral Handled Cookie Tin or Lunch Box

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Vintage Mattel Big Jim Lunchbox With Metal Thermos King Seely 1972
Vintage Mattel Big Jim Lunchbox With Metal Thermos King Seely 1972

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Antq Vtg Floral Handled Cookie Tin or Lunch Box
Antq Vtg Floral Handled Cookie Tin or Lunch Box

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Thermos brand hot wheels metal lunch box metal 1999 2000 vintage with thermos
Thermos brand hot wheels metal lunch box metal 1999 2000 vintage with thermos

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1963 Bozo the Clown Dome Lunchbox and Thermos Kit Vintage Rare Nice
1963 Bozo the Clown Dome Lunchbox and Thermos Kit Vintage Rare Nice

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Vintage TUPPERWARE PAK N CARRY Lunch Box Kit Orange Red Complete 11 pieces
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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.