That’s what made me marvel at the little lunch pail currently on display in our jail. It’s really small, measuring just 7.8cm (3”) high and 15.5cm (6”) long. In fact, in the picture below you can see a ball point pen at the bottom of it. That gives you an idea of just how small this lunch pail is.
This metal pail is from around the 1880s and belonged to a student called Evelyn. Lunch was usually home made bread with home-made butter, or home-made jelly or jam. It was a real treat if students had peanut butter! It wasn’t often students had meat in their sandwiches; many parents could not afford to buy lunch meats like we eat today. Some memories of school day lunches include fried-egg sandwiches, mustard sandwiches, mashed potato sandwiches, and lettuce sandwiches.
Lunch pails have evolved to lunchboxes over the years with many different designs and colours. As a kid, we weren’t allowed to have a new lunchbox every year so I can remember being very excited when the old one wore out and I was allowed to choose a new one! My favourite had horses – kind of like the one below.
I wonder what today’s students would think if they could only eat what could fit inside this little pail? What was your favourite lunchbox?