Did You Ever Own a Metal Lunchbox?

They were banned in schools in the 1970s after parents complained they were used as weapons and caused serious head injuries. Their history is here from the first Hopalong Cassidy box, to the the last of Rambo Sylvester Stallone model.

I had a red Stewart plaid one in third grade that I remember, complete with a thermos. There were no ice packs included, ever.

The Antique Trader attributes the popularity of metal lunchboxes to television.

Photo taken in 2016

Take a tour of the museum with this YouTube video if you can’t get to Columbus Georgia.

Allen Woodall’s Lunchbox Museum in Columbus, Georgia…..has More than 3,000 lunchboxes and 1,000 thermoses sit on floor-to-ceiling shelves that line the walls. Others hang from the ceiling

Mr Woodall has written an encyclopedia shown below

You can get a pricing guide if you want to start a metal lunchbox collection

14 thoughts on “Did You Ever Own a Metal Lunchbox?

  1. Yup, I had a Roy Rogers and Dale Evans one. Loved it! My brother had a Lone Ranger one. I don’t recall they were ever banned in Canada, I also don’t recall anyone using them as a weapon.

    • They sound like collectors items for sure. Wow! I don’t remember anyone getting whacked in the head with one either. Thanks Darlene

  2. How I wanted a metal lunchbox when I was little! My grandmother packed my lunch in a brown paper bag and I was (literally) the only one in my class without a lunchbox. These things mean a lot when you are 6. But now when I see them in flea markets, they bring me sweet nostalgia.

  3. Yes….I had a Roy Rogers. It was great. We had a bunch from our kids. We kept them for years then cleaned out our basement. I think we gave them to somebody who collected them.

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