Friday, August 12, 2016

My Matchbook Project


After yesterday's post, I thought I'd offer a few matchbooks from my own collection.  I've been collecting them for.....well....let's just say many, many years.


I keep them in a large glass vase that I tipped over just to grab a few to photograph.  There are quite few in here from places that don't even exist any longer.  Collecting matchbooks is one of those lost arts because no one really has matches any longer since smoking is no longer acceptable inside any building.  I don't think I've thrown a new matchbook into this jar for a very long time.

16 comments:

Halcyon said...

Neat collection!
I used to ask everyone to send me postcards from a new place. I have a big box full of them and always wanted to make a collage for my wall. Maybe I should dig that out!

Steve Reed said...

Bibendum! Les Deux Magots! I see several places there I recognize. As you know, I saved restaurant matchbooks for years as well, and I still have mine -- but like you, I haven't added to the collection in a long time. I wonder if we have any matchbooks in common? I bet we do!

Andy said...

With the shortage of new matchbooks I guess one could say this hobby is burnt
out.

Christine said...

You have quite a collection!

Lowell said...

That is great fun! I'd love to go through those to see if the places they represent are still in business. But, you're right. I haven't even seen a matchbook in years!

Karl Demetz said...

Nice collection of matchbooks, Sharon !

Judy said...

I see a couple that I recognize in there.

Gunn said...

Wow, that is quite impressive.
Artistic work on many of them and probably many good memories.

William Kendall said...

I probably have a grand total of three or four matchbooks.

RedPat said...

You are right - they have disappeared. I guess smokers all use lighters these days.

Catalyst said...

Oh, Ambrosino's! I used to go there back in the day with a boss who liked to treat. Great Italian food and we always wound up with a flaming glass of Sambucca with three coffee beans in it.

Catalyst said...

Oh, and Trader Vic's! Lots of great memories from that place (the original one) too.

Kate said...

A photo that gives us a clue of your very active social life. Few smokers anymore, tho, so matches dissappear. Have a good week-end!

Bill Nicholls said...

Never really given it any thought as to matchbooks or boxes for that matter, not being a smoker means I don't use them

Bob Crowe said...

We used to do that. We let it fall away and I wish we had kept it up. We used to have one from - what's that place in Tucson where they cut your tie off if you dare to wear one?

Elisabeth Firsching said...

So funny, I collect them too and I don´t know anybody personally, who´s is collecting this too. These are great memories from travels and I must say, that sometimes I took a few just t have something to swap in case. I have one from the Grand Canyon btw. But in these days it is harder to get one here in Europe, because of the smoking bans everywhere. Your collection is hige, isn´t it?!