questionswhat kind of lunch box did you have?

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i had a metal cabbage patch kids lunchbox, then soon after a red plastic Pound Puppies lunchbox. i loved both of them, they must've been the coolest items i owned

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Mine was a brown paper bag. And we walked to school. Sometimes in snow that was higher than our heads (at least in 2nd & 3rd grade.) ;-)

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Blue plastic Talespin lunchbox. So choice :)

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A 1963 metal Mickey Mouse Club lunchbox. Always smelled like miracle whip and warm bologna... LOL

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@jimeezlady: I often wonder why we didn't get food poisoning.

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Adam (Atom?) Ant & Secret Squirrel...seriously.

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@katblue: Some because we didn't know any better, but I also suspect that it's because we built up the resistance.

These days, parents are so overly concerned about a pristine environment - anti-bacterial this, sanitize that, etc. - that their kids don't get a real chance to build up an immune system that'll combat the crap that we were subjected to back in the days.

When I was a kid, my cheese sandwiches were NOT "kept sealed with an ice pack and in an insulated lunch box" either. Guess what? I'm still alive!

As for the lunch box question ... brown paper bag, reused until it disintegrated.

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Ours were Tupperware. My brother and I refused to continue using them after 5th or 6th grade, so my mom switched to paper bags.

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I walked home for lunch, about 3-1/2 blocks or 0.2 miles (according to Google Maps). Occasionally, I had a brown paper bag, like when my mother wasn't going to be home or we had a class trip or some such.

And I think @narfcake has a large part of the problem we're seeing with more sickness, etc. I'll acknowledge that misuse of antibiotics has strengthened some bugs, but many of us have also worked to weaken our kids' imune systems.

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@tpscan: Did you walk 15 miles, uphill both ways like my parents did?

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I went more for volume - mine had wheels and an extendable handle.

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4th grade: Strawberry Shortcake and Holly Hobby (came with lip gloss!).

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Masters of the Universe on the first day of Kindergarten. It was awesome. Still have it somewhere. Then I had this plastic Super Mario one. After mom washed it so many times, the sticker peeled off to reveal an A-Team sticker underneath. Who knew. The Nintendo craze took over so fast they just re-imaged the slower-moving lunch boxes in the inventory.

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My first lunch box was either Squiddly Diddly or Atom Ant, I can't remember. After that it was The Amazing Charlie Chan and Chan Clan, but by far my favorite was the Scooby Doo lunch box I got in 3rd grade. Good times.

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@captainsuperdawg: you said: " Did you walk 15 miles, uphill both ways...."

Nope! Chicago is too flat for that. But I did walk about 1/2 mile each way. Depending on the time of year that could be interesting. I recall being bundled in boots, leggings, thick coat, gloves and hat and feeling like a sausage stuffed into a tight casing.

Those days when it was 15-20 degrees below zero (Fahrenheit) with wind blowing, it felt like an uphill walk.

But we had it pretty easy. Didn't have to worry about getting exercise. We walked and ran plenty.

But lunch? Try carrying an apple and sandwich in a brown bag, through a rainstorm. It was very sad. I don't think my folks ever considered a lunch box. Too many kids in the family. But around 6th-7th grade I recall others with fancy boxes and a small thermos. Not I.

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Batman and Robin. Still have it.

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I had a Peanuts lunch box. My claim to fame was the ability to slide my lunchbox all the way down the corridor, landing closest to our classroom door.

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@wootfast: I have one too ... but I wasn't a kid anymore.

(My Animaniacs collection = scary.)

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When I was younger I had a Super Mario Bros. lunchbox and a Legend of Zelda lunchbox.

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first grade was a metal western/Ronald McDonald themed thing(something about him and grimace, et al in a barnyard or something it was like 1986 i can't remember these things), then the next year, i remember blue plastic, but can't remember if it was He-Man, GI-Joe, Transformers or GoBots, but definitely one of those.

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@tpscan: I know, I just always heard that exaggeration from my parents when they were joking about stuff. I figured it was a kind of "Hot-keyed response" for people past school-age

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I admit it. I had a "jabberjaw" lunchbox and got teased mercilessly about it. But screw it, I liked that cartoon, and my folks who couldn't really even afford a brown-bag at the time found a way to get it for me.

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I'm a bit young so I had one of the "fancy pants" insulated ones. Didn't like them though, always wanted a hard one. I will say my ham and mayo sammich didn't stay cold the whole day and even to this day I prefer my sammiches just a BIT on the warm side. Probably not good for me but I've not ever gotten sick from it.

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I had a Curious George lunch box!

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I had a Wild Wild West lunchbox.

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@rubberduckythug: Ditto on the insulated thing (at least starting in about 3rd grade). Then again, I lived in Yuma, AZ. I think anything uninsulated stood a good chance of getting pretty nasty. I think it was an Arctic Zone, but I'm not sure. First one was like an insulated brown-bag, kinda, with a velco-down top. Later one was square-shaped with a zipper (and I used one like that from about 7th grade until I graduated high school).

I know I had a simpler plastic lunchbox earlier than that. I think it was red. Absolutely no idea what was on it though.

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Mine was made of molded orange plastic and one side had a checker board and the other side had comics. During a mean game of dodge ball it took a direct hit and exploded into a million orange pieces all over the gym floor. How embarrassing.

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Great history on lunch boxes. Here is a Price Guide for all vintage lunch boxes http://www.greatestcollectibles.com/lunchbox-price-guide/ might be helpful if you post it for your visitors if you agree.