It’s back to school time! I remember back in elementary school, in addition to new clothes and a new backpack, each year my parents would buy me a new lunch box. I had the rectangular raised metal kind with a thermos inside, featuring whatever show or cartoon I was interested in at the time. I never suspected those lunch boxes I used, abused and discarded would one day become collectibles.
Fellow Toy Bloggers United contest contributor BattleGrip recently posted a couple of articles on lunch boxes (“1989 and Lunch Box Selection” (from the Internet Archive Wayback Machine), “Lunchbox Choice Like Going To The Toy Store” (from the Internet Archive Wayback Machine), “Lunchboxes a ‘Statement of taste'” (from the Internet Archive Wayback Machine)). The excellent collectibles website Collectors Weekly has a page dedicated to lunch boxes (in addition to their page on Harvey Comics) and an interview on their blog here. There is even a lunch box museum in Columbus, Georgia.
A company called A. S. C. produced some miniature metal lunch boxes, with flat sides and no thermos. They seem too small to be used, so I assume they are strictly for display purposes. Today’s exhibit is one such lunch box, featuring a selection of the Harveytoons characters.