RMS Sample Matchcover - "Foreign"
Of course, the U.S. hasn't been the only country manufacturing
matches, although no other country can boast the same variety
and inventiveness. The category of "Foreign" takes in everything
that is not North American. Collectors soon learn that the world
has traditionally been split on what is available. Basically, the
Western industrialized world produces matchbooks while Africa
and Asia produce matchboxes with removable labels (as opposed
to Western boxes, which have the advertising printed directly on
them). Thus, in much of the rest of the world, match "label"
collecting substitutes for match"cover" collecting.
Foreign covers are often exotic and fascinating, though...if you
can read them! There are, no doubt, hundreds of thousands
available. Foreign Cigarette, Airline, Shipline, and Girlie issues are
especially popular here.

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