Vintage Lunchboxes

Archies metal lunchbox For millions of kids who grew up between the 50's and the 80's, lunchtime at school meant a chance to spend some quality time with a favorite TV or movie character. Some of us were lucky enough to get a new lunchbox with the beginning of each new school year.

As a result, hundreds of nostalgic adults have decided to go back and collect the lunchkits they had owned in happier times. Some even go on to collect ones they'd never owned, or perhaps had never even seen or heard of. The hardcore collectors, of course, comb online auctions and corner antique shops to find the rarest and most sought-after items.

From movie and TV characters to Western heroes to cute animals to generic themes, lunchboxes provide a dazzling variety of subjects to entice collectors, and hundreds of examples from several decades allow for seemingly unlimited choices for modern collectors.


Addams Family
Annie Oakley & Tagg
Astronaut Dome
Atom Ant - Secret Squirrel
Back in '76
Barbie and Midge
Batman and Robin
Battlestar Galactica
Bee Gees
Betsy Clark*
Bionic Woman
Bobby Sherman*
Bonanza (1963, green rim)
Bonanza (1965, brown rim)
Bonanza (1968, black rim)
Bozo the Clown Dome
Cable Car
Campus Queen
Cartoon Zoo Lunch Chest*
Casey Jones*
Charlie's Angels
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang*
Chuck Wagon*
Clash of the Titans
Close Encounters of the Third Kind
Colonel Ed McCauley, Space Explorer
Cracker Jack
Curiosity Shop*
Dick Tracy
Disney Express
Disneyland (Monorail)*
Disney's Magic Kingdom*
Doctor Dolittle
Double Deckers
Dukes of Hazzard
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
Empire Strikes Back (Han Solo)
Evel Knievel
Family Affair
Fess Parker as Daniel Boone
Fireball XL5*
Flying Nun
Fox and the Hound
Gentle Ben*
Guns of Will Sonnett*
Gunsmoke, Marshal Matt Dillon*
H.R. Pufnstuf
Happy Days
Have Lunch With Snoopy*
Hee Haw*
Hopalong Cassidy (1950, blue)*
Hopalong Cassidy (1950, red)*
Huckleberry Hound

James Bond 007
Jetsons Dome*
Johnny Lightning*
Junior Miss (1960's)
Korg 70,000 BC*
Kung Fu
Legend of the Lone Ranger
Little House on the Prairie
Lost In Space Dome
the Magic of Lassie*
the Man From UNCLE
Marvel Super Heroes*
Mork & Mindy
Mr. Merlin
NFL Football 1978
the Osmonds
Peanuts (1965, yellow)*
Peanuts (1966, orange rim)*
Peanuts (1973, Psychiatry, red rim)
Peter Pan (Disney)*
Pink Panther & Sons
Pit Stop
Planet of the Apes
Play Ball
Popeye (1964, Popeye in boat)
Porky's Lunch Wagon
Raggedy Ann & Andy
Red Barn, 1958
Return of the Jedi
Robin Hood
Ronald McDonald, Sheriff of Cactus Canyon
School Days (Disney)*
Scooby Doo (orange rim)
Secret Agent T
Secret of NIMH
Sesame Street, 1983
Six Million Dollar Man (1974)
the Skateboarder
Space Shuttle Orbiter Enterprise
Space: 1999
Sport Goofy
Sport Skwirts
Star Trek Dome
Star Trek the Motion Picture
Stars N Stripes
Steve Canyon
Strawberry Shortcake
Super Friends
Superman (1967)
Super Powers*
Three Little Pigs*
Tom Corbett Space Cadet (1954, full litho)
Trigger (Roy Rogers's horse)*
Universal Movie Monsters*
US Mail Dome*
Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea
Wagon Train*
Wags 'n Whiskers*
Welcome Back Kotter
Wild Bill Hickock*
Yankee Doodles
Yellow Submarine
Yogi Bear (purple rim, 1974)
Zorro (1966, red band)


Bionic Woman plastic
Captain Power*
Flash Gordon
G.I. Joe - Live the Adventure*
Red Barn plastic
Return of the Jedi*
Superman (This is a Job For...)*


Alice in Wonderland
Banana Splits*
Barbie & Midge
Barbie Ponytail
Boston Red Sox*
Bullwinkle (cream)*
Bullwinkle (red)*
Casper the Friendly Ghost*
Charlie's Angels Brunch Bag*
Dawn (1971)*
Deputy Dawg (1960's)
Donny & Marie (1978, shorter hair)
Frog Flutist
Go-Go Brunch Bag
Kaboodle Kit
Lunch n Munch (space)*
Pebbles & Bamm-Bamm*
Peter Pan*
Space Shuttle Challenger
Tinker Bell
Twiggy (Aladdin)
Yogi Bear*
Ziggy's Munch Box*