Lunchboxes are one of those things that can instantly take me back to my childhood. I love way they look, the way they feel, and, when you open them up, the way they smell. Just a whiff of that plastic or metal combined with peanut butter and jelly, a pack of Zingers, and a thermos full of semi-cold milk is enough to immediately whisk my mind back to third grade for a few minutes.
Over the weekend I visited one of my regular romps, a small hole-in-the-wall vendor at a local antique mall that carries (among other things) lots and lots of vintage lunch boxes. I spent about an hour there, digging around and taking pictures of some of my favorites. I make no claim as to being a professional or even an educated collector of lunch boxes — I just buy what I like. I’ll share as many of the photos as I can with you this week.
With that, I’ll begin with pictures of the two that I ended up buying this past weekend. First up is Rambo:
I love Rambo’s look on this lunchbox. It says, “Kid, if you steal my Twinkies, I’m going to shove this rocket launcher up your nose and pull the trigger.” This particular Rambo lunchbox is considered to be the last mass produced metal lunchbox; after this one, they switched over to plastic, which makes this one somewhat collectible (although not hard to find). I paid $40 for this one, with the Thermos.
Here’s the second lunchbox I added to my collection this weekend:
It’s the Muppets! The reason I bought this one was because of the picture on the other side:
I have seen a lot of these with Kermit on one side, but the one with Fozzie Bear seems to be slightly more rare. I’m guessing the Fozzie Bear model didn’t sell as many units at the Kermit and Ms. Piggy ones. Of course I didn’t buy it for rarity’s sake — I just happen to like Fozzie Bear. I wonder how many kids found a banana in their lunchboxes and tried cramming it into their ear like Fozzie is seen doing in this picture? Maybe that’s why this model didn’t sell so well. Why do bananas never get lonely? Because they hang around in bunches! Hey, time flies like an arrow, but fruit flies like a banana! Wocka Wocka Wocka!
I paid $8 for this one without the Thermos. If I find lunchboxes I like for $5-$10 I’ll usually pick them up. Be sure to check back the rest of the week and see some of the other ones I passed on (for now).