Suz Fun Fact: I earned the camp name Pyro (as in Pyromaniac) at girl scout camp. I just could not leave the fire alone. To clarify, this was Girl Scout Leader training camp about 10 years ago!!! Don’t worry, my fascination with fire is over, now I limit it to soy candles. Mmmm…I can almost smell the sulfur just looking at this picture. 🙂
I started collecting matchbooks
to smell the sulfur a long time ago. You used to be able to find them everywhere. Now, smoking is so politically incorrect, not to mention a death sentence, you can hardly find them anymore.
Believe it or not, matches, according to my greenbook are more environmentally friendly than lighters.
Lighters sit in landfills. forever 😦
The very first match ever was invented in 1827. People had been fooling around with phosphorous since 1669 trying
to light things up to make a type of match. The matchbook was finally patented in 1910 by the Diamond Match Co.
Apparently, I am not the only person who collects these as I found tons on Ebay. No, I did not bid. I like to find mine on my own, just like my sea glass collection. 🙂
Some of my favorites:
The party favors from OUR wedding. Yep, looks like I over ordered. Apparently back in the ‘90’s there were not too many options for party favors. I have a plethora of wedding matchbooks I have collected over the years and some of those folks are still married!!!
I even have some from our rehearsal dinner (that place is long gone) and from our honeymoon in CA.
The Coach used to travel internationally back in the day and he brought home some interesting matchbooks! I always loved it when he brought them to me. It reminded me that he was thinking about me, and also it reminded me that I am a cheap
date gift receiver.
Do you collect anything that is hard to come by today?
Can your collection go up in flames…with the strike of a match?
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