When was the last time we used matches or seen a matchbox around the house or anywhere today?
Before the coming of the gas lighter, everyone depended on these wooden sticks with a phosphorous head to make fire. Up until the enforcement of the smoking ban in airplanes, entertainment and public places, matchboxes were the most commonly available items that assume prime space on tabletops.
A matchbox was a great and convenient form of advertising – airlines and hotels put their logos on it; restaurants and clubs print their names, addresses or maps so you would be reminded to patronize again. Like any advertisement, the designs of these matchboxes can be quite remarkable and look like miniature artworks.
Today, these matchboxes are collectible items as the production and sometimes the establishments have ceased to exist. There is a name for everything and the hobby of collecting matchboxes is known as…
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