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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 1970s, 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!

Dave August 24, 2012 at 02:18 PM
Jeez, that brings back memories: I had that same Muppet Show lunchbox! I remember also having a Star Trek one and a Battlestar Galactica one. I loved those things!
Stephen J. Bronner August 24, 2012 at 02:27 PM
Thanks for the comment. I'm having a hard time remembering, but I'm pretty sure I had plastic lunch boxes with things such as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles on them.
Dave August 24, 2012 at 03:34 PM
Mine were aluminum. We always had to replace them, because I always forgot to wash them out when I got home, and they got pretty funky-smelling by the time the school year ended. Happy memories, though...

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