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Old 07-14-2018, 05:32 PM
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Match books, close cover before striking

Back in the "olden days" you could go into just about any business, motel, restaurant and find free matchbooks advertising the establishment.



With smoking on the down swing you don't often see these.


Inside the cover you could take a test to determine your aptitude to become an artist or auto mechanic or whatever.


I have a rather large bowl filled with match books and thought I'd post a few here.


These are from the 1960s and 1970s



If you have any jump in and post here.


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Re: Match books, close cover before striking

I had thousands...gave them all to my college roomie about a decade ago....he needed a hobby
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Re: Match books, close cover before striking

The sandpaper used to be on the front. So they added "close cover before striking" so you would not light all the matches. Wasn't good enough so they put the sandpaper on the back side, away from the matches. Thinking people would turn the book over to strike. Most I know do not turn the book over, strike from the back side and throw pieces of burning match head in your eyes. Like the two handed lighters, making it safer just pissed people off. Some sort of moral lesson in all this, but it's too dam early for me to figure it out.
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Re: Match books, close cover before striking

I'm looking at a big bowl my wife has that easily has a few hundred in it. We're now debating over how many are in there. We'll end up counting them before the day is over just because neither of us can ever be wrong. If we do I'll post some good ones. For Christmas one year I gave her an assortment of ones from Vegas casinos.
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Re: Match books, close cover before striking

I have a collection of match books but they are buried away with all my other collectibles. I do recall that being a master with a match book meant opening pull a match out, close cover and light with one hand. I did it many times and burned my thumb a few times striking the match. Also remember the Zippo lighter flip open and light with one hand.
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Re: Match books, close cover before striking

Bowls of matchbooks. Just another silly thing to find a place to store and collect dust.
Yes some do bring back memories of travels or someplace close by but how often do we look at them?


The photo matchbox from the Sardine Factory where Joyce and I had dinner one night on honeymoon comes to mind. Funny thing I remember about that place to this day, the waiter gave us chilled forks to eat the salad.
Guess that is one reason there is a bowl of matchbooks sitting in the corner.
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Re: Match books, close cover before striking

And then, Bic lighters showed up.


Smokers forget them all over the place since they're so cheap.


Another example of the disposable society... but not ecosensible.



And once empty, the matchbook composted itself...
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My wife has quite a few too



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