Vintage Tin Lunch Pail

Vintage Tin Lunch Pail
My daughter slung her 100 pound backpack over her shoulder and announced that she would not be needing a lunch today because it simply would not fit in her bag. Whoa, whoa, whoa, young lady! We are not going to forgo sustenance because of book storage! Geez, who is this little nerd? Lunch is the best time of the day! What’s wrong with these kids?

I remember back in 6th grade I had a huge yellow Snoopy lunch box. I loved it will all my heart. Β Everyday I was invited to eat with Snoopy (per the text invite on the box) and he was SO much nicer than those private school kids. Yes, you know who you are. When I opened the giant plastic beast, it also helped create my personal space at the school lunch table. Everyone had huge lunch boxes back then and cartoon characters were cool – even in middle school. Β We all joyously plucked out our food as if it were from a treasure box.

Had I kept my Snoopy lunch box and bequeathed it to my daughter, she would have dissolved into a puddle of embarrassment if forced to carry that cartoon behemoth. She has a compact little bento box type Tupperware deal surrounded by an insulated zippered cover. Everything is squished and compartmentalized. There is a little hand sanitizer with glitter that hangs from her mini-lunch box because there are germs now in this world. She is squished at her lunch table with elbows in her sides, and she almost never has enough time to finish eating. I can see why lunch is no longer a joyous occasion as it once was when I was a kid. I told her about my cool Snoopy lunch box and how we had enough time to eat AND fold up paper triangles to play finger-kick football. She rolled her eyes. Mom, you’re so lame.

Before Snoopy lunch boxes, lunch pails were heavy duty. Here’s a very, very old lunch tin that was used at the turn of the century. The top part is where the food was stored, and the bottom portion was most likely where ice was kept to keep the lunch cold. There is a round melted spot on top of the pail as if this was owned by a metal worker and they placed something extremely hot on top of it? The outside is oxidized and has a good vintage color. The inside tin part that has been protected is still shiny for the most part. This is a very cool find! Not many of these old pails left on the planet. Now only if kids would start using these again. Just think about how much food, personal space and fun they could have with these! The kids of today would also look pretty bas-ass.

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