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Book of Matchbox Labels

Roger Fennings

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ISBN 10: 1872727247 / ISBN 13: 9781872727240
Published by New Cavendish Books Dist, 2001
Condition: Good Soft cover
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Title: Book of Matchbox Labels

Publisher: New Cavendish Books Dist

Publication Date: 2001

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition:Good

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The history of the matchbox label provides a fascinating pictorial guide and reference to social history. This book takes the reader from the beginnings of the industry - with its associated hazards - through its golden age in the years leadinf up to the First World War and on to more modern times. The huge range of illustrations shows just how effective the images used on the matchboxes were. The matchbox became a source of advertising revenue, and this attempt to beautify mundane objects included the depiction of topical and seasonal subjects, historical events, nature, and personalities of the time; models, film stars and musicians proved particularly popular. Each country had its own trends, and so some subjects covered such as children's games, humour and folklore, gave great insight into national characters and opinions. Even today, the matchbox label remains a barometer of social activity and a source of information. 187272728X

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A lifelong collector of matchboxes, the author's career as musician, journalist and public relations consultant has involved extensive international travel - and enabled him to keep adding to his collection and make research visits to remote match factories. Fsacinated by the diversity of graphic design found on matchbox labels, and by the use of the matchbox as a communications medium, he has used his personal collection as a treasure trove of knowledge from which to draw on as the basis for this book. He is a member of the British Matchbox Label & Booklet Society and a regular contributor to its journal, Match Label News.

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