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fabulous in yellow

I’m not sure what’s going on here on this matchbox label*, but Mephistopheles is looking fabulous in yellow. * I suspect it has something to do with the necessary limitations of the three color printing palette, and perhaps a fairly … Continue reading

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a radio post that makes no sense

Arctic vortex today, or else it was just pretty darned cold. Spent the day oversleeping, watching football, cooking two hot meals, doing laundry and dishes, playing with dogs, and reading camera reviews on line. So have two cool Czech matchbox … Continue reading

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single digits, fahrenheit

Seven degrees Fahrenheit,  for those who live elsewhere, is -13 (more or less) in the Celsius of the rest of the world. It hasn’t been this cold here in a long time.  Wouldn’t you rather be in the fantasy India … Continue reading

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happy little spaceman

At least, I think he is a happy little spaceman.  Maybe he is a happy little exterminator,  or a happy little chemist testing a powerful new fertilizer. The grass on that hillside looks awfully green.

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three czech flies

Three matchbox labels from the former Czechoslovakia, all depicting that cheerful and beloved animal pal, the common house fly.  The third example suggests a more sinister motive: these labels may be tiny propoganda posters for a fly eradication program.  Only … Continue reading

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word of the day

The word of the day is “Hračky”, which I found on this matchbox label that I collected for its cool cartoon of a tram.  Rather than having anything to do with trams, hračky is the Czech word for “toys”, which … Continue reading

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matchbox haiku

Elephant is heavy. Will he erase our proud flags, Or wash us with soap?

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matchbox label casting call

Bored with your characters, or just want some fresh faces for a new adventure?  Those amazing matchbox labels rush to the rescue with a new complete cast. That’s Motor Girl, almost certainly our heroine –she’s definitely protagonist material. The Maharajah. … Continue reading

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from the world of tomorrow …

Find all your favorite modern modes of transportation on this cool American  Art Deco double sided matchbook cover.  (Mine’s the Zeppelin.) This would make a beautiful cover for an alternate history

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sunday threes: fauna

Good things come in threes, particularly in the design departments of the matchbox label industry.  Here are some matchbox threes from the animal kingdom, including two versions of the most famous animal trio of all. (The Three Cranes are particularly … Continue reading

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