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Collecting Matchbox Tops

Updated on August 19, 2013

Matchbox Collecting As A Hobby

I have collected Matchbox Tops since I was just a young lad.

In those days, when many more people smoked and before the days of disposable lighters, it seemed like everyone who smoked (and there were many more then) had a box of matches in their pocket or bag.

Collecting them was easy as they were often discarded on the ground or left lying around at home. Easy pickings and they never cost me a penny! A good, cheap hobby for a youngster, as I was then.

I would often cause my Mother great embarrassment by swooping down on a thrown away matchbox while we were out shopping or walking. But I didn't care. Each one was a treasure found and worth more than she, or anyone else, could ever imagine. Well, to me anyway!

Thanks to the wonders of the Internet I have recently found that I was not alone in this strange collecting hobby. It seems many (well, some!) people also share my delight in this unusual choice of collecting.

I was even more surprised to learn that the hobby of Matchbox Top Collecting even has its own fancy, Latin-sounding, name, would you believe? It is called PHILLUMENY!

Yes, my parent-embarrassing habit of picking up old, dropped-on-the-floor, empty matchboxes is really called PHILLUMENY. Worse still, or maybe that should be Better still, it even has an entry in Wikipeida. Honestly!

Anyway, after re-discovering a couple of biscuit tins full of my, quite extensive, collection of old matchbox tops (I always, carefully, cut out and collected just the label side - to save space) I decided to preserve them for posterity and digitize them!

Here are some of my better 'Treasures'!

A Pretty Matchbox Top. This one has a small value among Matchbox Label Collectors!

A Pretty Matchbox Top. This one has a small value among Matchbox Label Collectors!
A Pretty Matchbox Top. This one has a small value among Matchbox Label Collectors!

Buying and Selling

There is a Market for Matchbox Labels

I didn't realize until researching the subject of Matchbox Tops, or Matchbox Labels as they are often called. for this Squidoo Lens that there is healthy market for these things.

I Googled the name on one of my Matchbox Labels and quickly found a UK site called e-Bid that has many for sale including the one I searched for - Matchbox Box Labels - Nissan Nohrin Kogyo Japan (Flying Swallow) V1.

Not a great value attached to this one but some of the others featuring Elvis Presley, for instance, are being offer for £5 each!

Collecting Matchboxes etc is an International hobby, it turns out, with collectors trading Matchboxes all around the Globe!

At least it proves that I am not the only one who has collected Matchbox Tops or Labels!

Personalized Matchboxes at Amazon - These might be collected one day!

List of Matchbox Collecting and Trading Sites

I had, at first, thought this hobby of collecting Matchboxes was just something that I did many years ago.

How wrong I was!

It is actually a Worldwide hobby that has many devotees!

Here are a few Phillumeny sites I have come across.

Fire Queen Safety Matches - A very popular brand

Fire Queen Safety Matches
Fire Queen Safety Matches

Fire Queen matches were probably the most common and easy to find.

The design varied quite subtly and I collected many of these slightly different designs of Match Box Tops.

The Fire King brand was a similar design to the Fire Queen shown here.

A simple design but worth adding to my collection as they are no longer made.

Oldham Brewery Co Ltd

Oldham Brewery
Oldham Brewery

An example of advertising on matchboxes which was very popular some years ago.

This one advertises the now defunct Oldham Brewery Company

It closed in January 1989 so this particular Matchbox top has a little history attached to it!

Bryant and May - A well know UK Match Manufacturer

Bryant and May Matchbox
Bryant and May Matchbox

Bryant and May were a very well known maker of matches in the UK.

The company was purely a match making company located in Bow, London.

The Bryant and May company survived as an independent matchmaker for about 70 years but is now owned by a Swedish company.

Camp Matches - Flags of the World series

This series of matchboxes made by Camp featured Flags Of The World.

This one shows the national flag of Cuba.

Collecting these particular matchboxes would, eventually, have made a great display of World Flags.

Scanning Matchboxes
Scanning Matchboxes

Digitizing Your Matchbox Collection.

A Document Scanner Is Ideal For This

Turning those treasured collectibles such as Matchbox Labels, Cigarette Cards, Post Cards or any other flat item is so easy with the right equipment. A Flat-Bed Document Scanner is ideal for this.

True, you could use a Digital Camera, and they would produce excellent results, but they would need to be set up with a Tripod of some description and a way of mount the item, not to mention good, even lighting.

A Document Scanner, however, is ready to go as soon as it's powered up and connected to your Laptop or Desktop PC.

Some scanners, and it's worth checking this out before buying one, allow you to scan multiple items at the same time.

My HP Scanner, for instance, allows me to lay several Matchbox Labels flat on the glass platen. It then detects the individual items and scans each one as a separate file.

This doesn't always work perfectly but all I then need to do is to mark out the corners of each one using the mouse. Anyway it's an easy procedure and certainly a lot quicker than scanning each item one at a time.

If you've already got a scanner check to see if it has this very useful feature or perhaps consider buying a new that has. Even for scanning photos and small documents it is a really labor-saving feature!

Tip: If you've got a Flat-Bed Document Scanner you could also use to to digitize small, but valuable, household and personal items for insurance purposes. Things like watches and jewelry will be recorded quickly and easily. The image quality is surprisingly good too! Use the Digital Camera for bigger items.

Putting your collection of Matchboxes or whatever paper or card based things you have collected on to your PC as Digital Files means you have, in a sense, preserved them for posterity and also that they will get less worn and damaged by being handled.

And, of course, you can then show the world your collection as a Squidoo Lens!

A scanners Is a great way to help catalog your matchbox collection - Just load it up with a few matchboxes and hit the 'Scan' button!

Flatbed scanners make cataloging items like Matchboxes real easy.

Most even allow you to scan several items at the same time.

That can really speed things up if you have a large collection of matchboxes.

Not just matchboxes though. I also use my scanner to make digital copies of old family photos too!

Being able to scan several at once is a real time-saver!

The image quality is surprisingly good considering that they are second-generation copies!

Scanned Matchbox images look great and these digital images can be used for many different projects.

Historia Del Vestido - History Of Dress

A Spanish Matchbox showing pictures of dress throughout history.

Often people would bring home Matchboxes from holidays abroad.

This one from Spain is one of a series showing fashion from earlier times.

The full set would have made a really good addition to my collection.

Spanish Bull Fighting - One of a series of bull fighting matchboxes

I have several of this Spanish Bull Fighting themed matchboxes in my collection.

They feature some quite dramatic events withing the Bull Ring.

These would probably have been brought home from holidays on the Continent many years ago.

Viennese Sausages Matchbox Advert - An Advertising Matchbox

A Dutch or possibly French Matchbox advertising Weense Worstjes or Saucisses Viennoises.

Matchboxes were often used to advertise food and drink products.

This one shows a can of Java brand Viennese Sausages.

Birds of the World - Green Budgerigar.

One of a series of Matchboxes from Bryant and May.

This one features Birds of the World.

What a great collection this would have made!

Unfortunately my collection consists of many single examples of some rather fine themed sets, but no full collections.

Glad that I have even just a few examples though.

Safe Safety Matches - Used on an Oil Refinery!

This story behind this one is quite odd really.

My late Grandfather was a security guard on an Oil Refinery and strange as it may sound Matches were allowed on site, as was smoking in designated areas, as long as the box was marked with a purple pen and registered with the Security Department!

I never did quite figure out how this made them 'safe', but that's what I was told!

Beautiful Matchbox Design - Daiwa Match Company

My Favourite
My Favourite

Of all the Matchboxes in my collection this I consider as one of the most beautiful.

What is the bird? Is it a Stork? What is it carrying in its beak?

Where it came from I have never been able to establish, but it looks oriental to me.

Maybe that's just design although there are some Chinese characters in the background.

I haven't been able to trace the Daiwa Match Company.

Probably long gone now.

If anyone knows anything about this company I'd be very pleased to hear from you.

Waltzing Matilda - One from 'Down Under'!

They don't come from further away than this!

A Matchbook advertising a Bar and Restaurant in Australia.

I've not visited Oz so how I came by this one is anyone's guess.

Vancouver Sailor's Home - Now how did I get hold of this one?

How this came into my possession I have no idea.

Possibly one of those 'How to embarrass my Mum & Dad' moments when I spotted a discarded matchbook lying on the floor, swooped on it and added it to my collection many moons ago.

I wonder if the Vancouver Sailor's Home still exists or if anyone now even remembers it!

Looking on Google Street View it seems that that address is now a new building called Robsons Plaza. Interesting!

Google Maps Image

The Old Cornish Mine - Probably a tin mine

A Matchbox showing an old Tin mine in Camborne, Cornwall, UK.

This isn't very far from Poldark country.

You may have read The Poldark Novels by Winston Graham.

Or maybe seen the TV series.

History on a Matchbox Top!

Matchbox Collecting Videos - Two Of Them Feature Three Generations Of Phillumenists!

From the young man just getting started with just a few Match Books to the artist tracing his late Grandmother's history through her collection of matchboxes, and his use of Matchboxes in the world of Art, Phillumeny crosses the age boundaries!

Then someone's entire Matchbox Collection on a video lasting just under two and a half minutes. I lost count of how many there were. Hundreds, I suspect!

Am I the only Phillumenist on here? - Anyone else collected odd things in their time?

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      Monica Furtado 2 years ago

      Hello i would like to know if you ade still collecting because i have all 40 matxhes of história del vestido. Thank you for your time

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      David Mason 2 years ago

      This was an interesting read, thank you. I started collecting matchbox tops about '63. I was so fortunate to spend afternoons around Southampton Docks and so many finds were exotic. I had an album I kept them in after first soaking off the label in my bathroom basin. The boxes then were almost exclusively made of wood.

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      DaveP2307 3 years ago

      @john-stewartsr: They are useful, aren't they? Maybe not as useful as they were before we all had digital cameras, but still useful at times.

      Apparently I had too may Big A links on here so had to weed some out!

      How things have changed here on Squidoo!

      Thanks for stopping by John. Always good to hear your views.

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      DaveP2307 3 years ago

      @anonymous: Definitely remove the matches. Matchboxes are easy enough to empty.

      With Matchbooks I have always used a sharp craft knife to remove those matches by cutting them off at the base.

      I did use to cut the top of the matchbox and just keep that side, but now I carefully prise the box apart where the two ends are glued together. They take up more room that way but I think it is a better idea to keep the whole box almost intact.

      Hope that answers your 2nd point.

      Dave

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      DaveP2307 3 years ago

      @john-stewartsr: They are useful, aren't they? Maybe not as useful as they were before we all had digital cameras, but still useful at times.

      Apparently I had too may Big A links on here so had to weed some out!

      How things have changed here on Squidoo.

      Thanks for stopping by John. Always good to hear your views.

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      DaveP2307 4 years ago

      @anonymous: I must confess mine were kept in a couple of old biscuit tins for many years then I came across them at the back of a cupboard.

      They had kept well so it couldn't have been too bad a storage arrangement.

      I have now scanned them so that I can view them and display them easier, virtually anyway.

      The file names can then be changed to reflect the subject shown on the matchbox for locating easier.

      Another idea is to mounted them on a backing sheet of some sort and then frame them and hang the montage on the wall. That way they can be seen by visitors and it makes a nice display.

      Hope that is of help and many thanks for your comment.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @DaveP2307: I recently acquired some old matchboxes and covers. Have no idea how to categorize or sort them or do I take the matches out or what. any suggestions or instructions?

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      DaveP2307 4 years ago

      @john-stewartsr: Thanks John!

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      john-stewartsr 4 years ago

      i have a scanner and use it with some regularity. I like your updated page.

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      DaveP2307 4 years ago

      @anonymous: People collect all sorts of things, don't they?

      Not heard of anyone collecting drinking glasses before though.

      Mind you, they can be quite ornate and attractive, can't they?

      Or are you talking about the old tradition of collecting up empty glasses in bars and pubs? A very worthwhile occupation carried out for a few free drinks by someone known as a Potman in these parts ;-)

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      kabbalah lm 4 years ago

      Cool Hobby. I like it

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I don't know about odd. I collected comic books and sports cards as a kid. I did have a phase where I collected drinking glasses. I suppose that's kind of odd.

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      DaveP2307 4 years ago

      @kabbalah lm: Thanks for your comment.

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      DaveP2307 4 years ago

      I've added a new module about how to scan Matchboxes, Post Cards etc.

      I must admit I thought Document Scanners were 'a thing of the past' now that digital cameras are so widely used and so very good at what they do.

      I'm glad I kept my scanner though.

      It doesn't get used much these days but is still almost indispensable at times.

      Anyone else got a Scanner?

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      DaveP2307 4 years ago

      @WhiteRoses1: It can be very difficult to keep hold of things at times like that. Even just moving house can cause collections to get lost.

      Thanks for your kind words.

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      DaveP2307 4 years ago

      @MarinaG30: My collection of coins have also virtually disappeared over the years. House moves, kids etc.

      Stamps are well worth concentrating on though, particularly with emails becoming the normal for personal correspondence and fewer people sending letters by post.

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      DaveP2307 4 years ago

      @justramblin: It's a handy word to know if only to impress people at social gatherings!

      "Hi! Nice to meet you. I'm a Phillumenist. What do you do?" ;-)

      Keep hold of your collection. They can only get more rare and interesting with the passage of time.

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      DaveP2307 4 years ago

      @JLovasz: Yes, I think that is very true. Stamp collecting is also an interesting collecting hobby.

      I wonder if stamps are destined to be very rare and valuable in the future with less people posting letters and sending emails instead.

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      JLovasz 4 years ago

      I hadn't realized how artistic and memory provoking match boxes could be. No wonder people like to collect them. Something kin to stamp collecting, I would imagine.

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      justramblin 4 years ago

      I just revisited your post to say PHILLUMENY! I don't want to forget that one because I have a feeling that word will come in handy someday. I enjoyed seeing your collection. I still have matchboxes I've saved from special places and the memories attached are very nice. thanks

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      MarinaG30 4 years ago

      I was collecting Australian Coins, I did have almost all the variations, I did move from one house to another often until I lose the coins. Now I am collecting stamps , this easier to handle and transport.

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      DaveP2307 4 years ago

      @HannahnMe LM: Wow. Matchboxes from The Watergate Hotel would really have history attached, wouldn't they?

      Make sure keep them safe. Maybe you could use them on some sort of collage.

      Many thanks for dropping by and sharing your thoughts. Always appreciated.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I have a friend who collects matchbooks at least she used to. She would pick them up at different restaurants and clubs. I'll have to check and see if she still has them

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      DaveP2307 4 years ago

      @JohnTannahill: Unfortunately these things often become lost over the years, don't they?

      My model car collection went that way.

      Hope you find your matchbox collection someday!

      Thanks for your comments.

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      DaveP2307 4 years ago

      @TACTCI LM: It's not as popular as it once was. Less people smoking and the advent of disposable lighters has had a big impact on it, I imagine.

      But in saying that there many Phillumeny websites that are very active. See my list above.

      Thanks for your comment!

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      WhiteRoses1 4 years ago

      I used to collect match boxes when I was a child, but then the war came and it all was destroyed :( Great lens!

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      John Tannahill 4 years ago from Somewhere in England

      I started a small collection of match boxes once while on holiday in Greece. I liked the theme - Objects Which Exist to Please the Greeks. There were about 20 in the series and they all had photos of ancient treasures. I don't know what happened to that collection. I wanted to collect the menus for the hilarious translations - French - Calamari, German - Calamari, English - Cufflefish (for example.)

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      TACTCI LM 4 years ago

      Never heard of collecting Match Boxtops before but it's seems like a real cool hobby!

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      HannahnMe LM 4 years ago

      My dad brought home (we still have them), matches from the WaterGate Hotel. How cool is that? So, I guess we have a small part of infamous (although I personally believe overblown), American History!

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      DaveP2307 4 years ago

      @anonymous: I also collected Matchbooks too. In fact they can be just as good to collect. They are mostly advertising devices for restaurants and clubs etc, as you say, so well worth collecting in my opinion.

      Businesses come and go so Matchbooks featuring them would be a good addition to any collection, particularly in the years to come.

      Thanks for your comment John

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      DaveP2307 4 years ago

      @greenspirit: I'm pleased to know that I wasn't alone in collecting Matchboxes. I don't recall any of my school chums doing it.

      Hope you find your collection and they bring back your childhood memories.

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      DaveP2307 4 years ago

      @jenny-archer-9: If you don't want to hold on to them there is a market for them. Google Phillumeny and you'll find loads!

      Or, if you've got a scanner, or even a digital camera, why not digitize them?

      Someone suggested using them to make a collage, which would make a great display and talking point for visitors, I bet!

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      DaveP2307 4 years ago

      @Deborah Swain: You really are an Angel!

      Many thanks.

      If you can suggest any improvements I could make to this Lens I'd really love to have your thoughts!

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      Deborah Swain 4 years ago from Rome, Italy

      Dropping by again...to sprinkle some Squid Angel Blessings!

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      jenny-archer-9 4 years ago

      Hi Dave...not a matchbox collector but did find 3 carrier bags full of them in the loft of one of our properties which are now sitting in our loft...maybe I should dig them out and do something with them,didn't think people still had this hobby.

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      poppy mercer 4 years ago from London

      I'd completely forgotten that I used to collect matchboxes when I was about eight! I had an amazing collection, and haven't a clue what eventually happened to it. Looking at these brought a real tingle of recognition. Thanks for remining me!

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      DaveP2307 4 years ago

      @CampingmanNW: At the time I collected them I used to cut out the label to save storage space. After looking at some of the Phillumeny sites I wonder if I'd have done better to keep them intact or maybe just open them out and keep them flat.

      There is a market for them, although the values are not particularly high in most cases. I just had fun collecting and keeping them.

      Have a look at the list of sites about Phillumeny on this Lens or Google 'Phillumeny'. You'll be amazed how many there are!

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      DaveP2307 4 years ago

      @ksktika: Unfortunately that happens to a lot of many people's collections, of all types, over the years, doesn't it? I was absolutely staggered when I found my old match collection after so long. They were in an old cake tin that must have travelled with us from house to house.

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      DaveP2307 4 years ago

      @anonymous: No, me neither. It's all disposable lighters today, isn't it?

      They used to produced as advertising give-aways in bars and hotels. I wonder if they still do that?

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      DaveP2307 4 years ago

      @getmoreinfo: It's something I did many years ago when I was just a lad. The hobby still persists to this day. Maybe I should start collecting again.

      Thanks for your comment.

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      DaveP2307 4 years ago

      @Sue-DN: That is an amazing coincidence, isn't it? My brother in law lived in a house in Luckett that backed on to an old, abandoned tin mine. Fascinating place to explore.

      Thanks for your comment!

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      DaveP2307 4 years ago

      @sallemange: Thanks. Maybe I should post a few more. What do you think?

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      DaveP2307 4 years ago

      @Dressage Husband: Some were quite plain and utilitarian, while others were almost 'works of art'.

      Thanks for your comment.

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      DaveP2307 4 years ago

      @AshleysCorner: Thanks Ashley. I like your Lens about Homemade Ice Cream too!

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      AshleysCorner 4 years ago

      Very Nice Lens!

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      Stephen J Parkin 4 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

      Possibly, but it was quite the hobby when I was very young. I had almost forgotten that the old boxes were so decorative.

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      sallemange 4 years ago

      Some amazing match box images here

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      Sue-DN 4 years ago

      I grew up near Camborne in Cornwall so it was interesting to see that one. Used to play around the tin mines!

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      getmoreinfo 4 years ago

      I like this idea of Matchbox Collecting As A Hobby

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      When I was a kid in the sixties, matchboxes were everywhere. Now I can't recommend the last time I saw a matchbox. Interesting lens!

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      ksktika 4 years ago

      i was collecting empty cigarette matchbox before. but it's all gone now :)

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      CampingmanNW 4 years ago

      I was not aware that folks only saved the labels. I have hundreds of match boxes, complete (empty of course) but the complete matchbox. Interesting lens, thank you. I was not aware that there was a market for them, just thought it was my own weird hobby

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      DaveP2307 4 years ago

      @KathyFirak: Most were fairly mundane but now and then I'd come across a really nice one.

      Thanks for your comment.

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      DaveP2307 4 years ago

      @OldCowboy: Wow! That's is interesting. I don't think kids these days, or adults come to that, would take up collecting. Too many other things to occupy them. Laptops, i-pads, etc

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      DaveP2307 4 years ago

      @arperinos: Thanks. I didn't think anyone else would be interested. Its not as popular as coin collecting, which I think you do.

      I did use to collect coins but my collection is mostly lost. I think my kids, when they were young, did for that collection!

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      DaveP2307 4 years ago

      @Deborah Swain: I'm so pleased to have found another collector! Even an ex-collector!

      I must admit I stopped collecting them many years, and two children ago. I recently came across a couple of cake tins a short while ago and there they all were. How they've survived all these years is quite amazing.

      I think disposable lighters have killed of a lot of the match making companies, so not so many to collect these days. And, as you say, more people smoked back then, didn't they?

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      DaveP2307 4 years ago

      @Jogalog: That's interesting. I don't think I've come across another Matchbox collector. We must be a rarity. Show this lens to your inlaws, they might find it interesting.

      Spoons are very collectible. A good collection can be worth real money! Go see if they are still in your attic! ;-)

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      Jogalog 4 years ago

      My inlaws have a great collage made of matchbox tops. I used to collect spoons but I lost interest!

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      Deborah Swain 4 years ago from Rome, Italy

      wow! i collected matchboxes as a child...all the men in my family were smokers back then...i suppose my collection finished when they all gave up! great lens!

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      arperinos 4 years ago

      Well done ! This is a great lens !

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      OldCowboy 4 years ago

      That is so cool that you collect match box covers! My dad collected them as well. He was always looking for unique covers. One of the coolest one was from an Indian Reservation near Spokane, WA.

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      KathyFirak 4 years ago

      Wow, some of these have very attractive art work.

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      john-stewartsr 4 years ago

      I know several people who collected them during the day. You never see them now at least I don't. Interesting lens that brings back memories of yesteryear.

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      DaveP2307 4 years ago

      @Judith Nazarewicz: Wished I'd kept all the toy cars I had as a child. And the boxes they came in. They'd be worth a small (very small) fortune now.

      Dolls furniture made from matchboxes sounds interesting though. A subject for a Lens, perhaps?

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      DaveP2307 4 years ago

      @mrbill7474: It was an oil refinery. Similar thing but at least you could run away and not have to swim away if things went wrong!

      I used to work there myself long ago and even then there were concrete Smoke Shelters scattered around the site.

      Sounds crazy when you consider that smoking is now banned in offices, shops, on buses and taxis, cinemas etc etc

      Thanks for your comment.

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      DaveP2307 4 years ago

      @LucyIsles: Definitely an Odd Hobby! ;-)

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      DaveP2307 4 years ago

      @justramblin: They were collected so long ago I really don't know where they came from. But I do remember my mum being quite embarrassed whenever I spotted one lying on the ground and I just had to pick it up!

      Glad you liked it and thanks for the comment.

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      DaveP2307 4 years ago

      @SlfMstr: Very old, some of them. I'm surprised I've managed to keep hold of them for so long.Thanks for the comment!

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      Judith Nazarewicz 4 years ago from Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

      Wow these are pretty cool! I remember being a child and loving these little match boxes. Too bad I never kept them instead I created loads of doll furniture out of them. :-)

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      mrbill7474 4 years ago

      A safety match...on an oil rig? Is that possible? Whoever allowed the matches on the rig should be fired (no pun intended). The same cover says 'impregnated'...that doesn't sound too safe, either. But this was still an entertaining and enjoyable lens....thanks, David!

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      LucyIsles 4 years ago

      I've never come across a Phillumenist before!

      Odd...I mean Interesting hobby! ;-)

      Good Lens.

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      justramblin 4 years ago

      love that Waltzing Maltida one. Where did you get the Viennese sausage matchbox? What a fun collection and thanks for sharing this with us.

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      SlfMstr 4 years ago

      Woooh, that is some old school matchbooks. I don't even recognize one. Cool Lens, though.