Old School Lunchboxes We Carried

It’s back-to-school week in Seattle. In that spirit, our editors have been reminiscing about "old school" lunchboxes we carried as kids. Compared to the futuristic bento boxes that are in vogue now, some of the rusty, metal classics of our school days seem sort of...odd. But, oh, did we love them then. Here’s what a few staff members were sporting in grade school, as well as a few @SeattleMag Twitter followers:

JUNIOR MISS
“Yes, it says Junior Miss, and features blond girls trying on hats and dresses. I begged my mother for it.”

NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD

“I was kind of afraid of it at first, so I hid it on a bookshelf.”

CALIFORNIA RAISINS
“I was a 'Raisinette' for Halloween at least three times running.”

SCOOBY DOO
“Now it’s worth $700!”

DIY
My mom made my lunch box–it was painted black on top, green on the bottom and she shellacked cut-outs of paper doll clothing all over it (with the white tabs intact). Everything I had was homemade–even my Brownies uniform!

Favorites from our Twitter followers:

  • Hunchback of Notre Dame

  • Fat Albert

  • Barbie–with a real mirror on the front.

  • Grape Ape

  • Hong Kong Phooey

  • Speed Racer

  • The Partridge Family

  • Alf

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