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Don von Schritz collection of matchbook covers

circa 1950s
 Collection
Accession: 2016-207

Abstract

A match cover or a matchbook cover is a thin piece of cardboard that is folded around a set of match sticks. Chemist, John Walker (1781-1859) invented the match stick in 1827. Joshua Pusey (1842-1906?), an inventor and attorney patented matchbook covers in 1892. Within a short time hotels, restaurants, airlines, and all kinds of stores began advertising using matchbook covers. This is a small collection of matchbook covers consists advertising hotels, restaurants, banks, elections, products, and organizations. Most of the matchbook covers are from Texas and New Mexico with a few coming from other states.

Dates

  • circa 1950s

Creator

Extent

0.25 Linear Feet

General Physical Description

360 matchbook covers. 2 items : letters. 1 item : newspaper clipping.

Historical Note

Match cover or a matchbook cover is a thin piece of cardboard that is folded around a set of match sticks. Chemist, John Walker (1781-1859) invented the match stick in 1827. Joshua Pusey (1842-1906?), an inventor and attorney patented matchbook covers in 1892. The largest manufacturer of matches at the time was the Diamond Match Company which purchased the patent in 1894.

Some of the earliest adopters of advertising on matchbook covers are the Mendelson Opera Company and Pabst Brewing Company. Within a short time hotels, restaurants, airlines, and all kinds of stores began advertising using matchbook covers. The 1940s through the 1950s are considered the golden age for matchbooks. The match industry began to decline during the mid-1980s/early 1990s as anti-smoking campaigns, disposable lighters, and high labor costs began to rise.

Matchbook cover collecting was a hobby akin to stamp or coin collecting. The official term for match cover collecting is Phillumeny.

Scope and Content

This is a small collection of matchbook covers consists advertising hotels, restaurants, banks, elections, products, and organizations. Most of the matchbook covers are from Texas and New Mexico with a few coming from other states. Of note is a cover for the Driskill Hotel in Texas signed by baseball players Schoolboy Rowe and Dizzy Dean; several covers from different railroad companies, candidates for a 1954 election, and a few state parks.

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

Language of Materials

English


Additional Information

Related Names

Creator

Finding Aid & Administrative Information

Title:
Don von Schritz collection of matchbook covers
Status:
Author:
Laurie Sather
Date:
2016
Description rules:
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description:
English
Script of description:
Latin

Repository Details

Repository Details

Part of the Audiovisual Collections Repository

Contact:
PO Box 3630
Wilmington Delaware 19807 USA
302-658-2400