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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 '70s, 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!

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Zelda August 03, 2012 at 12:29 PM
Do I ever! I Forgot all about it until I saw your article. It was called the Campus Queen and one side of it had a game that came with two magnetic game pieces with which to move around the "board". Whichever player got to the finish first was the Campus Queen. I must have been in 3rd or 4th grade - so long ago I can't remember, but I do remember I loved that lunchbox! All the girls in my class would line up to play it with me. They don't make 'em like that anymore.
lvent August 03, 2012 at 07:51 PM
I never wanted one....brown bag lunches were fine with me.
Bobby Budnick August 04, 2012 at 09:15 PM
teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles!!!! =)
Janet Kennedy January 01, 2013 at 11:28 AM
I can't find mt teenage mutant ninja turtle red cloth lunch box anywhere It say on the bottom rte tmnt spelled out is a trademark of of mirage studios USA 1998 it has a picture off all the turtles on front Micalangelo coming out of the sewer, Can u help?

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