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Don von Schritz collection of matchbook covers

Accession 2016.207

Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library


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

Finding aid prepared by Laurie Sather, 2016.,

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Cite items for this collection in the following format:
[Description and dates], Box/folder number, Don von Schritz collection of matchbook covers (Accession 2016.207), Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807

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Descriptive Summary

Title: Don von Schritz collection of matchbook covers
Dates: circa 1950s
Accession Number: 2016.207
Creator: von Schritz, Don M.
Extent: 0.25 linear feet
Physical Description: 360 matchbook covers. 2 items : letters. 1 item : newspaper clipping.
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 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.
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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 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.

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Access Points

Advertisements.
Matchcovers
Package design.
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Series Descriptions and Inventory

Box Folder
1 1 Correspondence and newspaper clipping, circa 1950s [Letter pertaining to a matchbook cover catalog, note pertaining to a new type of match book cover album, and a newspaper article about a family who collects matchbook covers.] ; 2 items : letters. 1 item : newspaper clipping.
Box Folder
1 2 Album pages 1-8, circa 1950s [Includes: Driskill Hotel, Texas signed by Schoolboy Rowe and Dizzy Dean; The Shamrock Hotel, Houston; Grandview Lodge, Colorado; Coral Sands Hotel, Florida; Skyline Motel, Texas; Rabbit Ear Court, New Mexico; M&N Cafe, Texas; Lufkin Courts Coffee Shop, Texas; Lyl's Sandwich Shop, Texas.] ; 119 matchbook covers.
Box Folder
1 3 Album pages 9-16 [Includes: New Faith Cafe, New Mexico; The First National Bank, Texas; Win a Free Art Class; South End Barber Shop, Texas; West View Park, Texas; DuPont Sabine River Works; Wm. J. Mericka & Co. Inc, Cleveland; Texas & Pacific Railway; Canadian National Railways; Norfolk & Western Railway; Southern Pacific Steamliners; Spearmint Gum; Printzess; Stag toiletries for men; Mennen Shave Creams; F&F cough medicine; Tums; Cavalier Cigarettes; Kiwi Polish; Mystery Guild; Shurfine Pickles; Sabine Supply Co., Texas; Dr. Dan J.V. Martin for Ohio State Councilman; Jack B. Brooks for Congress; Jep S. Fuller for State Senator; Leonard Henderson for 4th Vice President; J.O Walker for Sheriff; Tom Robertson for State Representative; Dudley T. Dougherty for United States Senator; Richard J. Lindley for District Clerk.] ; 113 matchbook covers.
Box Folder
1 4 Album pages 17-27 [Includes: White's City at entrance to Carlsbad Cavern National Park; Pennyrile State Park, Audubon State Park, Cumberland Falls State Park, Frank J. Horty for International Director; Diamond Crystal Salt; Osh Kosh B'gosh; Jell-o; Superior Union Label Matches; Delco and Packard Industrial Appliance and Electric Motors; Bisma-Rex; National Secretaries Association International; Hudson Multiwall Stacks; Goodyear; U.S. Royal Tires/Pan-Am; Pennzoil; Russell Motors (Ford); 1955 Chevrolet; Sinclair Power-X; Texaco; Gilette Tires; 1955 Ford; Dawn Tissue; Hunt's Peaches; Liberty Intelligence; Pearl Brewing Company; Falstaff; Bell & Howell; Byrd Music Co., Kansas; Beltone Hearing Aid; Explore Missouri; A Great State South Carolina; Enjoy that Dallas Hospitality; Dictaphone Corporation; The Jasper Desk Co.; and Happy Birthday.] ; 128 matchbook covers.