Collecting matchbox labels is a hobby which engrosses enthusiasts long after schooldays. And the large?
GV. Old labels on matchboxes
GV. People look
CU. Girl examines box
Sequence..auction in progress
STV. Group of collectors
SV. Man points to label
SCU. West Label 1851
CU. Braided lights of Belle Co.
CU. Hussar box from a Swedish collection, opened to show collection.
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Background: Collecting matchbox labels is a hobby which engrosses enthusiasts long after schooldays. And the large following this interest commends was cheaply indicated by the 15th British Matchbox Label and Booklet Exhibition, opened October 25 in London's Bonnington Hotel.
Organized by the British Matchbox Label and Booklet Society, the exhibition was followed by an auction of labels. Highest price: GBP2.
Among the thousands of exhibits on show - including the oldest known English label printed in 1851. The first practical friction match was marketed in 1827. Other rarities included matches made in England for the French Underground Movement, specially printed in ones and twos in Britain for agents parachuted into occupied France. Cost per box: about GBP5.
The Society boasts 600 members, but many more Phillumenists - connoisseurs and collectors of matchbox labels - came from all over Britain and overseas to view the exhibits.