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Get Inspired by Back-to-School Season! Collect Vintage Lunch Boxes

Lunch isn't the only thing you can store in these beauties!

vintage metal lunch boxes
Photography by: CHELSEA CAVANAUGH

Lunch boxes swung into style in the 1930s, as students began toting metal pails to school instead of brown-bagging it. The trend dipped during World War II, when every last bit of metal went into making airplanes and ration tins. But afterward, these cheerful containers reappeared in all kinds of new patterns, themes, and prints.

 

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Ohio Art decorated its oval-shaped ones with trains and sports pennants. And Aladdin outfitted its classic rectangle with room for a thermos (as in the red plaid design, center), a model it still produces today. Pick one up at a tag sale, and use it to stash a snack, store cookies, or organize your stationery. You’ll feel like the coolest kid in the caf.

 

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