Thursday, July 24, 2008

Plastic Lunch Boxes Have No Charisma

COLUMBUS, Ga. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Lunch boxes are in danger of going extinct.

That’s according to Allen Woodall, curator for the Lunch Box Museum in Columbus, Georgia, who says lunch box-less kids these days are missing out on an important staple of childhood.

With new, more modern ways to pack a lunch, school children are going plastic and have forgotten about the classic tin lunch boxes, much to Woodall’s disappointment.

He says, “The plastic lunch boxes are okay, but they just don’t have the same feeling. They changed everything for the worse and took the charisma out of lunch.”

Woodall – who has more than 2,000 lunch boxes in his collection including a rare, 1935 Mickey Mouse one worth $4,000 – says things went downhill for lunch boxes in the 80s when concerned mothers called for metal ones to be outlawed, since kids were using them in fights.

But Woodall says there was a different reason for the metal box brawls.

He says, “Kids were banging each other with the boxes just so they’d get a new one for next year.”

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