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Vintage Matchbook Collection 2

A total of 10 fantastic vintage matchbooks. Great graphics and perfect to use in collages, altered art projects and any mixed media. The matches have been removed and/or used. The covers show wear but are all intact. Products advertised include motels, restaurants, and Hunt’s Tomato Sauce.  Great for collecting too !

Matchbook manufacturing peaked around the 1940s and 50s, then declined because of the availability of disposable lighters and various health campaigns. Matchbooks have begun to regain some of their popularity as a “retro” item, particularly in high-end restaurants.

Paper matches were patented in the 1880s, however, an early paper match “folder” was patented in September 1892 by Philadelphia patent attorney American Joshua Pusey and the matchbook as we noow know it was patented a few weeks later by Charles Bowman of Lebanon, PA. Pusey challenged Bowman’s patent, but Bowman’s patent was upheld. Pusey sold his patent to the Diamond Match Trust in 1896 and then served as the company’s patent attorney. Bowman’s company, the American Safety Head Match Company of Lebanon, PA was shotrt lived, and Diamond Match adapted his design into their product, becoming the first mass-producer of paper matchbooks. Collecting of matchboxes, matchbooks, match labels and other match-related items is called phillumeny.

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