Wednesday, August 13, 2008

VTT: Lunch on the Go

Welcome to Vintage Thingies Thursday, sponsored by Lisa, the Apron Queen! Each week people sign up with Lisa to be listed as VTT participants and show off all sorts of keen vintage items like books, jewelry, pottery, toys, and clothing. After you look at my nifty offerings for this week, be sure to go see what everyone else has; it really brings back great memories!
In my kitchen I have a small space to display things on top of the cabinets. I have a few baskets, but mostly vintage items. Two that look cute together are my Papoo's lunchbox and my Fisher Price toy lunch box.
My grandfather, Papoo in Greek, carried this awesome, battered blue lunchbox to work every day, first at his commercial pie bakery, and later at his card shop. According to my mother the Thermos was always filled with coffee. When she was about 12, my mom started packing his lunches. She would make up the coffee the way he liked it, include a sandwich or some leftovers, something sweet, and some fruit when it was available. This is one of her vivid memories of her daily routine growing up, and is a story she told my sister and me when we were children. I even remember him taking it to work when we stayed with the grandparents as children.The Thermos has a cork inside the cup/lid, and was, up until about 2 years ago, lined with actual glass. Then someone (Yes, me!) dropped it while packing up my kitchen to move. The cork popped out and the broken glass came pouring out. What is very strange is that even though I dumped the glass that was still in the Thermos into the trash, if I shake it there is still glass rattling around, but it doesn't come out. It's probably trapped inside one of the layers of glass they used to insulate these in the 1930s.This Fisher Price toy lunchbox got quite a bit of use from my sister and me growing up. We couldn't fit our fake food from our kitchen in it, so we would use blocks or Barbie items. Red blocks were meat, yellow cheese. We always wanted to put drinks in the Thermos and pour them into the cup, and we were allowed to a few times. Who knows what was in that Thermos and if we ever cleaned it out! Something we thought was really cool about both these lunch boxes was that the drink container clipped into the lid of the box with a little holder. The ones we had for school were rectangular and the drink container sat in the base with the food. But it usually had some kind of a holder.
Do you, or someone you know, collect lunchboxes? I wouldn't consider mine a collection, just 2 family items, but I believe they are a big collectible with certain people. I still have a purple Donny Osmond one under my bed at my parents!
See you next week for more Vintage Thingies Thursday!


Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

I am not sure which is my favorite the Fisher Price or the Osmond lunch box. What great, fun memories.

Coloradolady said...

I love these! But the farm lunchbox is my favorite, I actually remember that. What a great story you have about your grandfathers lunch box, and you still have it!! That is priceless to me. Love this.

Patty said...

I love the Fisher Price one. i wish I had saved my lunch boxes from when I was kid. I know I had a plastic Dawn dolls one. And, I remember dropping and breaking a Thermos or two. I like your grandfather's lunch box too. I would hold on to that one.

Rue said...

Hi Elizabeth :)

I can not for the life of me remember what my lunch box had on it. I know my best friend had the GREASE lunch box and I wanted it really bad LOL

Have fun on your trip!

rue :)

Twyla and Lindsey said...

Thanks for stopping by our blog! I enjoyed your post on the lunch boxes very much. The Fisher Price one is my favorite. The Osmond one sure brought back memories. I have one lunch box that is my most prized possession. My Beatles lunch box! I'll have to do a post about it sometime because it is so special to me. I would love to see the ornament you found your dad. Don't you just love Hallmark ornaments? I've been collecting since '76. Have a wonderful day! Twyla

Jamie said...

Oh I love them all! They remind me of my Strawberry Shortcake metal lunchbox I had when I was a kid. What great memories!

trashalou said...

Loving those vintage items.

Thanks for stoping up at Trash Towers today.

Philly said...

Love the osmonds box !!


sista #2 said... have an Osmonds lunch box? OMG I hate you

Donny was hot then and is hot now.


Stephanie said...

I loved the story about your grandfathers lunch box, great memories!

Grandma J said...

How cool are you? The Osmonds! I bought my grandson a Partridge Family lunchbox before he started school so we could picnic at home. This was when he was still on heavy duty chemo so he couldn't be around other kids...we used our imaginations alot!
Now your Papoo's lunchbox is so sentimental, you should display it somehow.
Aren't thise VTTs fun?

Beth Ann said...

First...I LOVED Donny. I was going to marry him! Second- I had a FP lunchbox and had totally forgotten until I saw your picture! How great is that??? I really love the blue uncle always had a silver one, with a big green thermos he took to work at Studebaker's! LOVE IT and it brings back the smell of coffee brewing and cigarettes! LOL
Are you back and did you have a great time?

Amy said...

What cool treasures to have! I think the Osmonds were around a little before my time but as for lunchboxes of my own I think mine were just ordinary old tupperware ones nothing intersting I'm afraid :-)

eileen said...

Your lunchboxes are wonderful. I have my dad's metal lunchbox on display too. But never had a real lunchbox myself. We had to use paper bags, but I remember one rich girl in our class did have a lunchbox with a thermos. And hostess cupcakes and twinkies. I had to have homemade cookies, and was always jealous of that girl.

Sydney said...

Thanks for the nice shout out on the SITS blog! I always love comments, so this is like Christmas in August for me! I'll be back to visit your blog!

Carrie said...

It is so nostalgic to see these lunch containers. How wonderful that some people kept these items so our fond memories of past days can be enjoyed.

Joanne Kennedy said...

What a fun thing to collect. I've seen some really cute ones before but I just don't have the room to store or show them. Love yours!

I decided to skip making something to send out for my Pay It Forward as to much time has passed and I've just not had the time to make what I was going to.

But I put together a few little things and am ready to send them to you.

I can't find my paper I wrote your address down on though so can you please resend it to me. Thanks.

marian said...

Hi Elizabeth, I loved reading about your papoo and to have his lunchbox and special is that!!! The fisher price set is priceless too....I think you're definitely on your way to having a collection lol!! This is my first week blogging about vintage thingies...I signed up at #26 last week but when I checked yest I'm no longer there :( not sure what happened..I'm hoping Lisa will be able to fix it :)Looking forward to seeing what you've got to show & tell next Thurs. Cheers, Marian xx

Bridget said...

Hi Elizabeth, What great memories of the good old days and lunch boxes. I carried one to school everyday. Kids these days with their sack lunches or soft sided insulated bags just don't know what they are missing.

Jewelgirl said...

What a cool post! I remember the
kids lunch boxes, almost everyone
had the FP one in grade school.
The Osmonds this is cool, can't
wait to see the Donny purple one!
Hope you have a nice vacation!!!!

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