I’m hungry for a peanut butter and jelly sandwich all of a sudden. I just finished reading about a collection of old lunchboxes and it reminded me of my school days, swinging a Buck Rogers lunch box. I remember that the thermos would always break loose of the wire holder and would then crush whatever else was in the lunch box. By the time the lunch bell rang, I was presented with a flattened PB&J and some potato chip crumbs. The apple always persevered somehow, but what self-respecting kid eats an apple with his school lunch?
Now that I think about it, this school lunch carnage was probably due to the fact that I kicked the lunchbox all the way to the bus stop.
There’s something about metal lunchboxes that just makes them so cool. They are physically tough and the graphics are usually pretty great. Lunchboxes promoted just about every popular culture phenomenon that happened to be occurring at that point in time, from the A-Team to the Beatles. I particularly enjoy the super hero and space-themed lunchboxes. I still have that scarred and abused Buck Rogers lunch box, siting in a place of honor in the bat cave.
If you like your lunch served in a cold hard box, check out Brandon Hamilton’s impressive lunchbox collection featured on the Denver Post web site.
christopher tupa says
My favorite part about the metal lunchboxes is the original art they produced for them. most were paintings and such. Now a days the retro metal lunchboxes they sell at gift stores and places like that all have photos or fancy computer graphics which doesn’t come close to captureing the magic of some awesome painted artwork.
Agreed. The hand drawn quality is lacking in most products made today. I guess it’s a lot easier to Photoshop an explosion than it is to actually paint one.