As our kids get set to head back to school in a few weeks, parents are on the hunt for their kid's next great lunch box. Lunch boxes have changed in design and shape over the years, but the basic idea is the same. Along with space inside for a cold drink, sandwich and snack, the cover is devoted to a favorite cartoon, character, TV show or movie.
That's why Justin Bieber and Darth Vader and Japanese cartoon characters are staring out at shoppers from shelves at stores all over Marin and across the country.
Back in the '70s, the lunch boxes were aluminum. In the '80s, they gave way to plastic. Vintage lunch boxes now are highly collectible. They are displayed as collections in people's homes, and sometimes they get their own art gallery shows.
Do you remember a favorite lunch box? What was it? Have a picture handy? Share it with Mill Valley Patch!