The metal lunch pail first made its appeal to American youth in the 1920s. For a while, many were plain and lacked any sense of individualism. Eventually companies - of which Disney was the first -started releasing licenses to lunch box makers to use their characters and iconic figures as decals. It was during this time that lunch boxes began to signify a child's individualism and uniqueness. The design on your lunch box said something about who you were.
Though it seems as though there would be a large variety of lunch boxes created, the truth is that between 1951 and 1985 only 450 metal lunch boxes were released with distinctive character designs. All other lunchboxes are not considered collectibles. Allen Woodall's Lunch Box Museum contains all 450 of the original metal lunch boxes, as well as a handful of copies. The museum is stocked with some 3,500 metal lunch boxes and their matching thermoses, many of which are extremely rare and highly valuable, and Woodall's collection only continues to grow.
Join Allen Woodall this Obscura Day for a guided tour of his unique collection as he discusses the history of the lunch box, the founding of the Lunch Box Museum and some of the stories behind the more unusual lunch boxes on display, as well as his own personal favorites.
Saturday, May 30; 11:00am -12:00pm
Cost: $5 for Adults, $4 for Seniors and Military, Kids 12 and under are Free!
The Lunch Box Museum
318 10th Avenue
Columbus, Georgia, 31901