Invented in the 1950’s by a miner named Leo May, the Original Miner’s Lunchbox is a handmade aluminum lunch box that is lightweight, practical, and virtually indestructible.
Working as a miner in Sudbury, Ontario, Canada, Leo May wanted to invent a lunch box that he could use in the mines. It needed to be affordable, befitting of a miner’s budget, but also sturdy enough to hold a person’s weight, should he need a place to sit while eating his lunch.
May crafted his first lunch box out of unfinished aluminum joined with rivets. When he showed up at work with his invention, it was an instant hit among the miners and a small company was born.
Today, Leo’s original design is crafted in Northern Ontario by the company that still bears his name. The retro styling and sturdy construction is sought after by anyone looking for a well-made, lightweight, and portable box for food, tools, or equipment.
A quote on the company website sums up what makes this product a great fit for Boston General Store:
“It’s handmade tough for you - simple, durable design, inspired by the past and perfect for the present”
Materials: aluminum with a hammered black finish
Made by: L. May Mfg
Made in: Ontario, Canada
12": 12.5" L x 4.5" W x 7.25" H
14": 14.5" L x 4.5" W x 7.25" H
Also available in unfinished aluminum.
Further Reading: Like brass that has developed a rich patina, unfinished aluminum wears its weathering with pride. Your Miner’s Lunchbox will take its licks like a champ— it’s ruggedly built — but scratches and scuffs on the surface are to be expected. See them as a sign of a life well-lived on a product that can take a little tough love.