Matchbooks & Matchcover Albums

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Matchbooks & Matchcover Collecting

Matchbook collecting is a fun and easy way to create a visual record of your favorite local excursions and broader travels. Hold onto matchbooks from your favorite restaurants, hotels, and even the weddings that you attend. The hobby of collecting matchboxes is called phillumeny.

The value of your matchbook collection is measured by the memories you have when you collected them. While many matchbooks have interesting and unique designs, the true beauty lies in the fun experiences behind the matchbook stories. Matchbook collecting is easy to do and always provides a great conversation piece when entertaining.

Display your vintage matchboxes matchcovers and matchbooks collection proudly in our Matchbook Albums and Matchcover Albums.

Did you know?

* In Japan, Teiichi Yoshizawa was listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the world’s top phillumenist. In Portugal, Jose Manuel Pereira published a series of albums to catalogue and display matchbox collections called ‘Phillalbum’.

* The first matches were made of white phosphorus and were so highly inflammable that they were kept in steel boxes (also called match holders). After the invention of red phosphorus, matches became safer and the prefix ‘safety’ was added to the boxes.

* Collectors discard the matches when they find boxes they like and need. The matchbox covers are dipped in hot water so the glue comes off, and then flattened and stored.

Matchbooks & Matchcover Collecting

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Do you have matchbooks laying all around your office and your house?  Did you know that the art of collecting matchbooks, matchcovers, and matchboxes is called Philumeny?  SAFE provides the Philumenist with beautiful albums made so that you will finally be able to organize your entire matchbook collection in one place.

The first matchbooks came onto the scene in the late 1800’s. Joshua Pusey, a lawyer from Philadelphia, is credited with the invention. He sold the patent rights to the Diamond Match Company and mass production soon followed. Matchbook advertising became extremely popular with big-name customers including Pabst Brewery and Wrigley Gum.

Matchbooks enjoyed continued popularity through most of the 20th century but started to see a decline later on with proliferation of the disposable lighter as well as numerous smoking bans in public venues. However, it seems that this decline in matchbook availability has added fuel to the fire (so to speak) in the popularity of matchbook collecting.

Now you can protect those matchbooks in our Matchbook Albums and Matchcover Albums.