A Library of lunchboxes: Reach back into adolescence
July 29, 2014
FORT BENNING, Ga., (July 30, 2014) -- Being able to physically place yourself into a favorite pastime seems almost impossible, until you step into the largest collection of lunchboxes in the world.
The Lunchbox Museum was established and is run by an avid collector Allen Woodall, whose first lunchbox collections started in the 1980s with Dick Tracy, the Green Hornet and Woody Woodpecker.
"I call them memory boxes," he said. "They bring back great memories."
The Lunchbox Museum is an interactive museum that houses well over 2,000 different pieces of art related to lunchboxes from the 1920s all the way up to the early 2000s.
The different pieces range from thermoses, television trays, record players with a microphone plug-in, metal and plastic lunchboxes, trash cans and canteens to a themed pinball machine top.
A uniquely featured item is a factory workers lunchbox, which is a dome type aluminum box that can be plugged in for a heated lunch.
However, the majority of the museum consists of metal lunchboxes, which were discontinued in 1985.
Why did the making of metal lunchboxes stop? Well, that's a good question.
Woodall said there were complaints children were using the metal lunchboxes as weapons in school when in fact they were damaging them so they could get the newest edition for the next school year.
Just like shoes today, lunchboxes were the trend many moons ago.
The museum has the ability to bring a smile back to many generation's faces and provides a place to reminisce with the generations to come.
But the fun doesn't have to stop there. There are lunchbox duplicates for sale.
Prices range from $10 and up.
Are you curious as to what else is in the museum? Well, go on and visit and see for yourself. It's worth it.
Hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Wednesday - Saturday and 11 a.m.- 5 p.m. Sunday
Tickets: $5 for adults, $4 for military and seniors and free for ages 10 and under
Address: 318 10th Ave., Columbus