Vintage Matchbox Covers: March Artwork

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You’re unlikely to encounter a paper matchbox cover in much of the world these days, as new printing methods and plastic lighters have displaced this once ubiquitous design specimen. But online, there is a rich world of phillumenists (yes, that’s the word for a collector of matchboxes) who are quietly trading and archiving these impressive miniature artworks.

Matchbox covers vary in style depending on when they were produced and where they come from. India is renowned for colourful and bold drawings of flora, fauna, and religious icons, while Japan has applied an Art Deco emphasis to food, fashion, and abstraction. However, our favourites by far are the minimal, modern, Constructivist designs that hail from Eastern Europe.

The next Papirmass print is a celebration of the best in vintage matchbox design, reproduced in six spot colours. Subscribe by February 20 to receive it, and scroll down for a few more of our favourites.


 

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Our March 2016 print features a Risograph reproduction of 6 vintage matchbox covers.