matchbox labels

Setting Iran Aflame

Boxed matches did not set Iran ablaze when in January 1978 the revolution lit the way for the end of the Pahlavi (Shah of Iran) dynasty, but the artifacts collected in a book of matchbox labels provides a curious history of what led up to the turnover of government and way of life for...

Show Us Your Stinkin’ Matches

I've written about matchbox labels in this space before (see here and here) because it's incredible that there are so many, so varied and so small. The latter is key. How do you fit so much into such a tiny space?

Lucky Strike

I thought I was cured. About a decade ago, I vowed to put a cap on my bottle cap collection, after being injured in the line of duty (an embarrassing story I’ve recounted way past its expiration date, I’m afraid). I was through with mining for small objects, but recently started “pinning” a few...