Buy a Collectible Vintage Lunch Box | Boxes 1940’s – 1960’s

Metal and Vinyl Vintage Lunch Boxes

vintage lunch box 1950 300x225 Buy a Collectible Vintage Lunch Box | Boxes 1940s   1960sAre you old enough to remember this lunch box on the left? My father carried a lunch box just like this one to work for over 30 years. The lid is rounded to allow room for a thermos, and that left the rectangular bottom for an ice pack and a real man's lunch.

Vintage lunch boxes that were made in the 1940's though the 1960's were very durable, most often made of aluminum or tin, and sometimes made of vinyl. Many vintage lunch boxes came with matching thermoses that would hold a drink hot or cold for hours.

Men would carry plain heavy duty lunch boxes like the one pictured above to work whether they worked in a factory, in construction, or in an office. Women, of course, primarily stayed at home raising their families, so there wasn't a lot of lunch box designs for women.

Children's lunch boxes were usually square, with a metal or plastic handle, and a cartoon or tv show design on the front and back of the lunch box, that was embossed right into the metal.  Advantages of a metal lunch box were the durability.  You can bang your lunch box, drop your lunch box, and throw it in your school locker without doing much harm other than dinging the metal.  Unfortunately the thermoses were another story.  Thermoses were lined in glass, and much more easy to break.  The thermos lids were made of thin plastic, shaped like a cup so that you could pour your drink into the cap, and those also broke easily. Keeping a set of lunch box and thermos together undamaged was actually pretty difficult.

Vintage Lunch Boxes from the 1950's

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VINTAGE 1950S NAVY LUNCH PALE WORKING MANS LUNCH BOX
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Vintage Lunch Boxes from the 1940's

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Western Lunch Boxes

Popular themes for boys lunch boxes in the 1940's, 1950's, and 1960's were not that far from what boys like today. Lots of tv show characters, at the time westerns were very popular, and cowboys.

There weren't as many cartoon characters as there are today, but the cowboys were widely popular. Who wouldn't want to be a hero like Hopalong Cassidy, Daniel Boone, Davy Crockett, or the characters from Bonanza?  The Lone Ranger with his horse, Silver were also on tv.

Another popular tv show is still in reruns today, The Munsters, who were great favorites to appear on lunch boxes.  The Munsters were a loveable family of monsters, who were fun and scary at the same time.

Vintage Lunch Boxes from 1965

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Vintage Dome Lunch Boxes from 1960

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VINTAGE 1960 US MAIL LUNCH BOX DOME TOP
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Barbie was Popular Too

Barbie has been a girls' favorite character for decades, and she was already appearing on girls' lunch boxes during the era of the 1940's to the 1960's. Barbie's signature color pink had not yet been discovered, and most of her designs were on a black background.  Lunch boxes were made with Barbie and several of the other Barbie characters, like Skipper and Midge.

Generic designs covered many lunch boxes during the 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s. Lunch boxes often had designs like checkerboard, plaid, tweed, and simple patterns embossed into the metal. Some of these designs were colorful, while others were just a texture pressed into the metal.

Vintage 1960 Vinyl Lunch Boxes

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Vintage Cartoon Character Lunch Boxes

Although there were fewer cartoons on tvs in the 1940's - 1960's, and fewer tv stations, the cartoons that played were highly popular.

Rocky and Bullwinkle were huge favorites, and have become highly collectible today. They were popular with both adults and children.

Another favorite cartoon was Popeye the Sailor Man, with his girlfriend Olive Oil, and his nemesis Bluto. "I fight to the finish cause I eat my spinach" was quoted over and over as the reason that Popeye was so strong.

Both the cartoons The Flintstones, and The Jetsons were born during this era as well, and made their way onto lunch boxes of the time.

Rare Vintage 1960 Lunch Boxes

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Vintage Metal 1960 Lunch Boxes

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Astronaut Lunch Boxes

Although Neil Armstrong did not actually walk on the moon until 1969, astronaut voyages were well documented during the 1960's.

Many small boys dreamed of one day becoming an astronaut when they grew up, and those dreams found their way onto many vintage lunch boxes during the 1960s. The themes of space travel, rocket ships, astronauts, and what astronauts might find once they traveled into space was a popular lunch box theme.

The lunch box shape pictured above with the domed lid, became less popular for children as time went on, and mostly used for adult lunch boxes.  I think that they were just too unwieldy and too heavy for children to carry.  Children's lunch boxes primarily were the square type of metal box that fit a smaller thermos inside.

Vintage Lunch Boxes from 1964

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Vintage 1962 Lunch Boxes

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