Thursday, December 11, 2014

Last post of my blog

I worked on my blog for some years but lately I lost an interest.
I continue collecting matchbox labels etc. but I will no longer post anything.
So it was fun being with you my friends, and you can continue enjoying my blog.
You can always send me questions and I will do my best to help you if I can.



Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Some beautiful and very old Bernard Fürth's (and one ARTB label of Adalbert Scheinost) Austrian labels were added to my collection latly and I will be happy to show them to you out there

This one is very interesting one since it has the name of Bernard Fürth on it,
but it is probably from Sweden.
Label show 2 odd figures, Wajang maybe.

My small Fürth's Elephant collection. The blue long one and the big one
at the bottom, are for export to Italy.
The blue long one was used for wrapping old wooden matchbox.

These 3 labels are very colorful and well preserved for their age and were aimed to the Chinese market:

Very nice long label showing a Unicorn in some kind of a basket
 aimed to the Arabic market

Beautiful ARTB label made for the Croatian market

Another beautiful ARTB label - the Ship's drawing is the same as
the above label made for the Chinese market 

A Packet label made for the Greek market

A Packet label made for the Swedish market
The Smokers by Adalbert Vojtech Scheinost 

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Yakko - the servants of samurai

During the Edo period in Japan, Yakko were the servants of of high ranking samurai and transported their weapons and personal affairs. They walked at the top of a daimyo's cortege in order to free the street, by crying and dancing. They wore a vest on which the "nail-puller crest" was attached, on the shoulders.

Yakko live on today in kite form:

Friday, April 11, 2014

The Chochin - The traditional Japanese lantern (lamp)

Chochin are originated in China. They are commonly seen at the entrance of Buddhist temples, in traditional festivals and at the entrance of bars and Restaurants.
The chochin paper lantern is a traditional form of illumination in Japan, made from washi paper carefully glued on a bamboo cane frame.
The "Koh-shichi" (literally "Happy Seven") chochin is constructed using traditional lantern making techniques passed down from over 300 years ago. Most of the work involved is handiwork by craftspeople who are devoted heart and soul to the creation of these beautiful objects.
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