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Linda Gross collection of matchbook covers

Accession 2015.306

Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library


PO Box 3630
Wilmington, Delaware, 19807
302-658-2400
askhagley@hagley.org

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[Description and dates], Box/folder number, Linda Gross collection of matchbook covers (Accession 2015.306), Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807

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Descriptive Summary

Title: Linda Gross collection of matchbook covers
Dates: circa 1970s
Accession Number: 2015.306
Creator: Gross, Linda, (staff)
Extent: 11 items
Physical Description: 11 matchbook covers.
Location: GL Box 1.
Language of Material: English
Repository: Hagley Museum and Library: Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department
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 from hotels, museums and restaurants. Most the businesses represented are from Las Vegas, Nevada, there are a few from other places in the United States.
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Administrative Information


Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

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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.

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Scope and Content

This is a small collection of matchbook covers from hotels, museums and restaurants. Most the businesses represented are from Las Vegas, Nevada, there are a few from other places in the United States. This collection is organized alphabetically by state.

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Access Points

Advertisements.
Matchcovers
Package design.
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Series Descriptions and Inventory

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GL 1 Hagley Museum, Wilmington, Delaware; 1 matchbook cover.
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GL 1 Town House Motel, Lexington, Kentucky; 1 matchbook cover.
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GL 1 The Wigwam, Columbia, Missouri; 1 matchbook cover.
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GL 1 Jimmie Rodgers Museum, Meridian, Mississippi; 1 matchbook cover.
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GL 1 Dip's Country Kitchen, Chapel Hill, North Carolina; 1 matchbook cover.
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GL 1 Bourbon Street, Las Vegas, Nevada; 1 matchbook cover.
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GL 1 Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada; 1 matchbook cover.
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GL 1 Flamingo Hilton, Las Vegas, Nevada; 1 matchbook cover.
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GL 1 Luxor, Las Vegas, Nevada; 1 matchbook cover.
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GL 1 MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada; 1 matchbook cover.
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GL 1 Country Music Hall of Fame, Nashville, Tennessee; 1 matchbook cover.