- Every year, people burn up and throw away
some 5 trillion matches all over the world.
- In the United States, it wasnt too
long ago that we made and used 800 billion matches a year.
- At its peak, some 12,500,000,000 matchbooks
circulated during the course of one year in this country.
- The first phosphorous friction matches were
manufactured in the United States in 1836.
- By 1875, the number of match manufacturers
in the U.S. reached a high of 79
- Joshua Pussey invented the matchbook in 1892
(although there is some debate on that)
- When Diamond Match Co. purchased the rights
to the matchbook in 1894, the American match industry, as we
know it today, was born.
- The first matchcover ad appeared
in 1894-95 with the appearance of the famous Piso
- In 1896, a very famous hand-written matchcover
appeared, when the manager of the Mendelson Opera Company bought
100 blank matchbooks and had hand-printed messages and pictures
of the operas leading players put on them. There is only
one copy of this matchbook left today. It is owned by the Diamond
International and was originally insured for $25,000, although
that figure may be higher now.
- There are only four domestic match manufacturers
left in the U.S. today.
- RMS is the largest and oldest matchcover
collecting organization in the world.
- There are currently some 29 matchcover/matchbox
collecting clubs in the U.S. and Canada
- At last count, there were at least 18 other
such clubs in 13 different countries around the world.
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