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This listing is for a L. May Manufacturing miner's riveted lunchbox, originally produced by Leo May in the late 1950's. It's in GREAT vintage condition, with the exception of some rust on the left latch (see 4th photo). It measures 10 3/4" wide x 7 1/4" tall x 4 1/2" deep. Please convo me with any questions.
Here is the history behind this item, copied directly from the May Metal Fabricators Ltd website:
"In 1957, Leo May, a miner working underground at INCO Ltd, the world's major nickel producer, sat his black tin lunchbox on it's end to use as a seat while waiting for the "cage", the underground elevator system bringing men and supplies in and out of the mine depths.
The next thing he knew, he was flat on the ground, his lunchbox squashed. This was not acceptable! So, his inventive mind set about creating a Lunchbox that would hold the weight of a man and his lunch when there was no seat available (miners often ate their lunch "on the job", in field conditions without chairs or benches). Plus it had to be affordable for the miners, who earned $1.25/per hour at the time.
Working from a small workbench out of his basement workshop, he came up with a design that not only supported him but was built to last. When he showed up at work with his shiny new Lunchbox, he was immediately inundated with orders for 40 more! Soon, Leo's hobby evolved into a small company called L.May Mfg and to identify his lunchboxes, he modestly chose a small stamp in the most popular font of the day, and placed it in the upper left hand side, "just like the address on the letter", where that very same stamp shows today." (http://www.metalfabricators.on.ca/newsite/our_history.asp)