Matchbox Labels: Over 2,000 Elegant Examples from All Over the World

Matchbox Labels: Over 2,000 Elegant Examples from All Over the World

by Jane Smith, Natasha Lomas
     
 

2.400 miniature masterpieces.

A matchbox label collector is called a phillumenist. But you don't have to be one to love these tiny works of art. The popularity of collecting matchboxes is growing because they are affordable and a joy to look at.

Matchbox Labels features 2.400 of the best specimens, chosen for their charm and beauty. The

Overview

2.400 miniature masterpieces.

A matchbox label collector is called a phillumenist. But you don't have to be one to love these tiny works of art. The popularity of collecting matchboxes is growing because they are affordable and a joy to look at.

Matchbox Labels features 2.400 of the best specimens, chosen for their charm and beauty. The matchbook labels are organized geographically, sorted within each group by theme, and captioned with insightful text.

The book covers selections from:

  • Scandinavia
  • Europe
  • Eastern Europe
  • Russia
  • South East Asia, China and Japan
  • India and Pakistan
  • Great Britain and North America.

The labels range from minute works of socialist realism from the former USSR to marvelous naïve animal and bird pictures from southern India and sophisticated graphics and illustrations from Japan.

A brief introduction offers a concise history of matchbook art and provides helpful advice on how to start, gather and organize a collection of your own.

Matchbox Labels is an eye-catching and fascinating reference for art lovers, designers and collectors.

Editorial Reviews

Victoria Times-Colonist
An easy, cheap collectible... this book will give you an idea of the possibilities... an intriguing introduction to a hobby.
— Liz Pogue
Booklist
Focused on celebrating the color and design of more than 2,000 matchbox labels collected worldwide... lovely book.
— Barbara Jacobs
Paper Collectors' Marketplace
A wonderful introduction to the artwork found on matchboxes and to the hobby of collecting labels known as phillumeny.
Antiques and Auction News
Any designer or art lover will welcome this fascinating, striking reference — an excellent source for graphic ideas.
San Gabriel Valley Tribune
The range of subjects, the colors, and art is interesting and amazing.
— Linda Hutchinson
Chicago Tribune
Strikingly colorful and inexpensive collectibles... tiny artworks.
— Lynn Van Matre
Victoria Times-Colonist - Liz Pogue
Matchbox covers are an easy, cheap collectible... this book will give you an idea of the possibilities... an intriguing introduction to a hobby.
Booklist - Barbara Jacobs
Focused on celebrating the color and design of more than 2,000 matchbox labels collected worldwide... lovely book.
San Gabriel Valley Tribune - Linda Hutchinson
The range of subjects, the colors, and art is interesting and amazing.
Chicago Tribune - Lynn Van Matre
Strikingly colorful and inexpensive collectibles... tiny artworks.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781552979785
Publisher:
Firefly Books, Limited
Publication date:
10/02/2004
Pages:
400
Product dimensions:
8.25(w) x 8.25(h) x (d)

Meet the Author

Jane Smith is an artist and illustrator who has been traveling the globe for twenty years. Her work appears in The Guardian and the Daily Telegraph.

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