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!