What was your first lunchbox?

Do you have happy memories of a favorite long ago lunchbox? What did you have? Did you know there are people who have HUGE HUGE collections of them? Check these out and I think it will bring back some really good memories for you.

Do you think lunchboxes like these are a thing of the past? I don’t notice these kind too much anymore. They are more the “glamorized” lunch sack.

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16 Responses to What was your first lunchbox?

  1. mssc54 says:

    Lunch box? We didn’t have no stinkin lunch boxes! That’s what the grocery bags were for from the Jittney Jungle.

  2. Jenny says:

    I don’t recall having a lunchbox like that. Mine was a soft blue one. or a paper bag!

  3. SKL says:

    We brown-bagged it. Most of my classmates had lunchboxes, but they were more affluent than we were. Also, my mom’s argument was, we’d figure out some way to lose it early on (we were “walkers”), so why waste the money?

  4. Sue says:

    My sister’s had the metal lunchboxes, and I had a plastic one. It was the same shape/style as the metal ones and even had the thermus inside. It was yellow, but for the life of me I can’t think of what it was!

  5. Joy says:

    I had a few of them. Bonanza, Lassie, Rocky and Bullwinkle. I also had that plaid one. My mom had a “thing” about our food staying cold. We also were “walkers” but if we’d have ever lost one, we’d have gotten the tar beaten out of us!

  6. Laura says:

    I only had one, but I used the heck out of it for a couple years. It was a red Snoopy one. And wasn’t metal – it was plastic/vinyl covered very stiff cardboard. I think it also had a thermos, but I never used it. Before and after that lunch box, I brown-bagged it, or occasionally bought my lunch (once I reached high school).

    Josh now has one of the “old school” style lunchboxes – aluminum/metal, and it’s Star Wars – also “old school”, with Luke, Han, Leia, Darth, Chewy, Yoda… and some ships on it. And it came with two big cookie cutters, one in the shape of a Tie Fighter and the other in the shape of the Millennium Falcon. I cut his sandwiches with those.

    He also has a Cars insulated box/bag, but he doesn’t use it much.

    • Joy says:

      Wasn’t the Snoopy one rounded? Not square but rounded? Know what I mean?

      • Laura says:

        no, it was square. The edges were kind of rounded, because it was cardboard, tho. And it had a fold-over lid with one of those twisty-knobs that held it shut, kind of like they had on purses back then. Like a little silver barrel that went through the metal slot and then twisted sideways to lock.

  7. Just a Mom says:

    I had a Charlie’s Angel Metal lunch box. I also recall having a Holly Hobbie one as well. I think after that I brown bagged it. My youngest daughter’s lunch kit looks more like a purse than a lunch box. Hers is pink zebra print.

  8. Nikki says:

    I never had a lunch box. I either had hot lunch, or a brown paper bag.

  9. Dina says:

    My first one was metal, Holly Hobby. Ended up using it for crayon storage once I got the new one. Vinyl covered, pink checkered w/a big strawberry in the center. BOTH came with accompanying thermoses (thermi?) that were used regularly. PB&J EVERY DAY from KG thru 12th – except for the occasional hard salami sandwich. MMMMM…I’m hungry!

    • Laura says:

      I had chicken sandwiches every day until I got into a battle with my Dad. I made his lunch for my mom one day, and I was feeling my oats… so I slathered peanut butter in his sandwich. Dad *hates* peanut butter (but he’ll eat peanut butter & banana sandwiches… don’t ask). Two days later, I bit into my chicken sandwich and discovered that he’d slathered mashed potatoes in there!! I *hated* mashed potatoes when I was a kid. I switched to bologna after that…

      • Joy says:

        That’s hilarious. I had bologna and lettuce when I took cold lunch. When I was grown and working my dad and I used to pack each others lunch every other day and one day I bit into my sandwich and I couldn’t bite it so I opened it up and here he left the wrapper on the cheese with a note “don’t eat the plastic.” From then on we played tricks on each other. I haven’t thought of that for years. Thanks Laura.

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