matchbox labels

Phillumeny

Collecting matchbox labels is called phillumeny; its obsessive proponents are phillumenists. One reason there are so many phillumenists is because there are untold matchbox (and matchbook) graphics that can be found in virtually all corners of the globe.

I am a phillumenist; I have thousands of matchboxes and book matches from my 20 years of world travel. I can’t seem to get rid of them and I haven’t gotten around to photographing or scanning them but someday.

Japanese matchbox labels

Flickr member maraid has an incredible collection of scanned and photographed Japanese matchbox labels and other ephemera in her flickr collection. It’s incredible to browse through it and makes me want to get started scanning and photographing my own collection of matchbook covers and ephemera. A great winter project.