Thursday, July 28, 2011

A nice story of an Australian phillumenist - Pat Giroud . Read her story and watch the video!

Pat Giroud is a phillumenist, a lover of light, or rather a collector of anything to do with matches, match labels and match books. She has been collecting for forty-odd years and belongs to the Australian Match Cover Collectors’ Society. Belonging to this Society and having 28 phillumeny pen pals meant that Pat’s collection could expand exponentially.
An irresistible and rare item in Pat’s collection is an “Endeavour” Federal Company match label that Pat bought last year. It took her many years to find, and when it came up for auction, she bought it for $1000, the highest amount she has ever paid for anything in her collection.

The Redhead matches are a familiar sight for most Australians. The redhead has changed her hairstyle three times since 1946. Originally owned by Bryant & May, the matches are now owned by a Swedish company, and the label reads, simply “Redheads”.

Pat has an interesting Bryant & May matchbox container with a display of 18 cartoon-style images of many famous redheads such as Rod Laver, Bluey and Curly and Ginger Meggs. Pat also has a t-shirt with a graphic with a redheaded woman that reads “Rednecks” in lieu of “Redheads”. No prizes for guessing who!

Pat has a cabinet filled with of every Bryant & May matchbox label ever produced. She has many spares that can be used for swapping or giveing away to other phillumenists. Another Bryant & May product in the collection is the Vesta tin in which wax matches were kept, and braided cigar lights where the head cannot fall off … or so the label says!

Not only does Pat have a superb Redhead collection, she also has a very good collection of other famous Australian match companies such as Duncan and Federal.

For more information…have a look at Jerry Bell’s book, Lighting Up Australia, which tells the story of all the Australian Match Factories from 1843-2003, and what they produced.

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A very nice gallery of matchboxes (not mine) - MatchboxLabelsUK.co.uk

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Life on Mars?

David Bowie: Life On Mars?

It's a god-awful small affair
To the girl with the mousy hair
But her mummy is yelling "No"
And her daddy has told her to go
But her friend is nowhere to be seen
Now she walks through her sunken dream
To the seat with the clearest view
And she's hooked to the silver screen
But the film is a saddening bore
'Cause she's lived it ten times or more
She could spit in the eyes of fools
As they ask her to focus on

Sailors fighting in the dance hall
Oh man! Look at those cavemen go
It's the freakiest show
Take a look at the Lawman
Beating up the wrong guy
Oh man! Wonder if he'll ever know
He's in the best selling show
Is there life on Mars?

It's on Amerika's tortured brow
That Mickey Mouse has grown up a cow
Now the workers have struck for fame
'Cause Lennon's on sale again
See the mice in their million hordes
From Ibiza to the Norfolk Broads
Rule Britannia is out of bounds
To my mother, my dog, and clowns
But the film is a saddening bore
'Cause I wrote it ten times or more
It's about to be writ again
As I ask you to focus on

Sailors fighting in the dance hall
Oh man! Look at those cavemen go
It's the freakiest show
Take a look at the Lawman
Beating up the wrong guy
Oh man! Wonder if he'll ever know
He's in the best selling show
Is there life on Mars?

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Old wooden matchboxes from various countries



Old wooden matchboxes from South America

"The Tiger" (original wooden boxes) from Sweden and from Burma

2 Collectors' websites

Neil: "I like to collect unused matchbooks, matchboxes, old matchbox labels and most other match related items like....old match ads from old newspapers or books, playing cards that have matchboxes/matches on them plus I also like to collect any Redheads items or match products from Match Companies like Bryant & May, Swedish Match Company and from the USA.

I started collecting way back in 1969
and I now have over 600,000 match items in my collection.So if you have any for sale or you would like to give them away to a match collector like me and I will refund you the postage cost to here....just include your name and address details inside the box please....thanks."

All rights reserved to Neil Abbott -  http://match1970.webs.com/

Neil's Match Room

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Saturday, July 23, 2011

My Swedish Treasure

Vulcan made
Jönköpings Westra Tändsticksfabrik (1881-1971)
It was an engineer with the name of C.F. Wennberg, who founded the factory at the beginning of 1881. Jönköpings Westra main brand "Tre Stjärnor" or the English version "Three Stars" conquered most markets due to its good quality.

Jönköpings Westra Tändsticksfabrik:  http://www.kuldsaar.se/jwt.html

Parrot - Regular size and small size matchboxes

The Cockfight and the Stag safety matchse are dated 1903

Södertelje Tändsticksfabrik (1871-1908)
The factory was founded in 1871 by Eric Holmberg.
The Södertelje labels are very beautiful and present in relatively large quantities. Flower and Boat motives dominate the label collection.
The most popular brands "The Red Rose" and "The Ship" are still used in labels.
In 1908 the factory in Södertelje closed

Swedish matchboxes made for other countries
The Palmtree - made in Sweden in the 1930’s - If you look carefully you see that the matchboxes are different
    The  SORIBA F.A.O. SAFETY MATCHES  dated 1949
1.  The Prima Tändstickor Safety Matches on the upper right side of the photo was made by
Jordbro Tändsticksfabrik (1924-1928)
The Jordbro match factory in Jönköping is the last privately founded match factory of Sweden. It was founded by a group in 1924. In the same year there was another factory founded : Figeholms Tändsticksfabrik (also called the Tandstick AG Scandinavia).
These factories were created by the same group, and the motives repeat themselves on certain labels, e.g. "the Swedish Weapon".
One of the former large retailers was the well-known Göteborg businessman Elof Hansson. The factory closed in 1928. Nevertheless it had a quite comprehensive sales. 

2.  The Sea-Dog Impregnated Safety Matches are dated 1903 to 1907

3. The SVEA GARANTI matchbox was made by
Linköpings Tändsticksfabrik , and it is dated 1856- 1917
Junebro Tändsticksfabrik (1910-1914)
The factory began 1891 with the production of splinters. In 1910 the production of matches started. In 1914 it was taken over by the Jönköping Vulcan factory.
A.B. Förenade Svenska Tändsticksfabriker (1913-1917)

A packet full of old WESTERVIKS boxes

Westerviks Tändsticksfabrik (1858-1903)
The first match factory based in Westervik was founded in 1858 by Captain Landström. Prospective buyers opened a new factory at this site in 1874.

The new factory stopped the production from 1878-1880. In 1893 a fire broke out and the production stopped for almost the entire year 1893. In 1898 it was bought by Fredik Löwenadler, a well-known name in the match industry. The factory was incorporated into the Jönköping Vulcan Match AG in 1903.
Uddevalla Tändstciksfabriker (1874-1934)
There were two match factories in Uddevalla. There are no available data, when the first one was built. It is common knowledge that it was founded by a man with the name Edward Olsson, and that it closed in 1879.
The other factory was founded in 1874 by the shipowner Adolf P. Zachau.
To most common labels were "The Swallow" and "The Ant".
The factory was shut down in 1938 (or 1934?).

The Swallow Sakerhets Tandstickor are dated 1903

What happened to my nose???

Colorful German matchboxes

Twins matchboxes made in Czech Republic

Friday, July 22, 2011

Two SOLO are better than one

Like Old matchboxes - duplicates of old designs

OLD and NEW from Czech Republic

TATRA trucks (made in the Czech Republic) and 70's German cars

TATRA trucks

Many THREE, TWO and ONE series from Czech Republic that I recieved from Roman Baros

Most of the matchboxes are made by SOLO MATCH WORKS

See the SOLO Catalogue: http://www.solo-matches.com/vexy/catalogue-of-advertising-matches.pdf

The Matchboxes collection of Roman Baros http://www.romanbaros.eu/
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