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History of the graphical design of matchboxes

vulcan match box label As part of my Typography and Graphic Communication degree course I was required to write a 20,000 word dissertation. The subject I chose to write about was the history and evolution of the matchbox cover/label from its beginnings in 1827 to the present day. This is now available for download in PDF format for strictly personal, non-commercial purposes from here (about 1.5Mb)

And, because it is a well known fact¹ that most phillumenists are also ardent gastronomes, here is a link to a brilliant and pioneering recipe website called Really Nice Recipes.

¹ This may not actually be true.