Lunch Box Memories

Do you remember your favorite lunch box? Today's kids have as many options as ever but nothing will take the place of the Partridge Family or Scooby-Doo.

Lunch boxes have changed in design and shape over the years, but the basic idea is the same. Along with space inside for a cold drink, sandwich and snack, the cover is devoted to a favorite cartoon, character, TV show or movie.

That's why Justin Bieber and Darth Vader and Japanese cartoon characters are staring out at shoppers from the shelves of Target.

Back in the '70s, the lunch boxes were aluminum. In the '80s, they gave way to plastic. Vintage lunch boxes now are highly collectible. They are displayed as collections in people's homes, and sometimes they get their own art gallery shows. (Yes, I've gone to one.)

Do you remember a favorite lunch box? What was it? Have a picture handy? Share it with Patch!

Susan Manning July 31, 2012 at 08:02 PM
Mine was a metal Holly Hobby one with a Thermos inside! Loved it!
Leslie Bishop July 31, 2012 at 10:17 PM
Me, too!
Susan Petroni (Editor) August 01, 2012 at 02:24 AM
I started Kindergarten with a metal Peanuts lunch box with a Thermos inside.
Donald Wendt August 01, 2012 at 04:31 AM
Star Wars... wish I still had it.
MrMilford August 01, 2012 at 04:40 AM
Susan, there are allot of peanut allergies with kids these days, I'm sure that you lunch box would not longer be allowed in most schools.
Joe Rizoli August 01, 2012 at 05:33 AM
My brother and I had wagon train lunch boxes. The writing on the side could have said Western Trails. I uploaded the pictures if they come through. Joe Rizoli
Al Goss August 01, 2012 at 10:50 AM
I think mine was plain green metal with the thermos in the lid......What I wanted was a Superman lunchbox, but that must have been too expensive;-]
Michelle Garber August 01, 2012 at 11:41 AM
Al, your parents didn't buy you something you wanted and you lived to tell about it? I wish more parents would do that these days!! Loved my metal Donny & Marie lunchbox with the matching thermos!!
Lisa Vasile August 01, 2012 at 11:46 AM
Sean Cassidy w/ the thermos =)
Mary MacDonald (Editor) August 01, 2012 at 11:48 AM
Don, Darth Vader is one of the few lunch boxes now for sale that I recognized. The box is just his head, and it's advertised as "un-crushable." Which I guess is a problem with these new softer containers. They got rid of the metal lunch boxes by the 80s because kids were hitting each other in the heads with them...
Mom in Northborough August 01, 2012 at 12:18 PM
I had Welcome Back Kotter !! ;D
Kevin Mullen August 01, 2012 at 12:25 PM
My son starts kindergarten this year and he is excited to have his own lunch box. I think Darth Vader will win the day. I had a few through the years as the metal ones got banged up pretty quickly. My favorite was a Duke of Hazzard lunchbox.
Chris L. August 01, 2012 at 12:40 PM
As a youngin in the 80s: Empire Strikes Back.
Susan Manning August 01, 2012 at 12:43 PM
Joe: I LOVE the pics! The shape was different than mine, but still so nostalgic. And MrMilford: Good one!
Lois Black August 01, 2012 at 12:44 PM
I had two lunch boxes that I wish I still had: Peanuts and Yellow Submarine! Wouldn't they be great collectors items! My kids want "no nuthin' " lunch boxes. No characters, no whimsy, just plain.
Les Masterson (Editor) August 01, 2012 at 01:16 PM
I remember I sometimes had to take my lunch in a Cerretani's bag!
Dan Fredonia August 01, 2012 at 02:24 PM
My mom gave me a Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In lunch box!!!! Can you imagine???? And that was years after the show went off the air!!! LOl It wasn't until i got the Scooby-Doo lunch box when i started to heal the wounds....(whimper) Photos above
Gina Fishman August 01, 2012 at 02:29 PM
That is pretty cool Joe!
Frank D'Urso August 01, 2012 at 03:35 PM
I had the LOST IN SPACE metal lunchbox, with a round top, the thermos fit inside the top, I think I lost the thermos or wasn;t allowed to bring it to school. I also had the LAUGH IN and that made me cool with the older kids when I was in 2nd grade.
unclkebuck August 01, 2012 at 05:04 PM
Hot Wheels!


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