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February 1, 2023

45 Vintage Photos of Czechoslovak Matchbox Labels in 1959

A match is a tool for starting a fire. Typically, matches are made of small wooden sticks or stiff paper. One end is coated with a material that can be ignited by friction generated by striking the match against a suitable surface.

Czechoslovak matchbox labels in 1959

Wooden matches are packaged in matchboxes, and paper matches are partially cut into rows and stapled into matchbooks. The coated end of a match, known as the match “head”, consists of a bead of active ingredients and binder, often colored for easier inspection.

There are two main types of matches: safety matches, which can be struck only against a specially prepared surface, and strike-anywhere matches, for which any suitably frictional surface can be used. Because of the substance used to coat each match, this makes them non-biodegradable.

Historically, the term match referred to lengths of cord (later cambric) impregnated with chemicals, and allowed to burn continuously. These were used to light fires and fire guns and cannons. The word ‘match’ derives from Old French ‘m├Ęche’, referring to the wick of a candle.

Here below is a vintage photo collection that shows Czechoslovak matchbox labels in 1959.

1.2 million to build, a task for us all, 1959

A healthy refreshment, 1959

A young nurse for every scout camp, 1959

Alcoholism destroys society, 1959

Brushes for clothing, 1959

Can you help with construction?, 1959

Can you help with construction?, 1959

Come! Build!, 1959

Discipline on the roads means empty hospital beds, 1959

Don't ride side by side, 1959

Efficient lighting for your flat, 1959

First aid for remote places, 1959

Healthy refreshment, 1959

Help the miners, come to build, 1959

Housing is the responsibility of the whole nation, 1959

Housing is the responsibility of the whole nation, 1959

International Cooperative Day, 1959

Klement Gottwald's steelworks, steel heart of the Republic, 1959

Liquid fruit, 1959

National retail trade, 1959

National retail trade, 1959

National retail trade, 1959

National retail trade, 1959

National retail trade, 1959

National retail trade, 1959

New schools for children, 1959

New schools for children, 1959

Ostrava is calling young people to help build mines, 1959

Parents, help build schools!, 1959

Play safe!, 1959

Respiratory exams catch TB early, 1959

Shaving brushes, 1959

Skoda 1859-1959, 1959

Skoda 1859-1959, 1959

Skoda 1859-1959, 1959

Skoda 1859-1959, 1959

Skoda 1859-1959, 1959

Spring cleaning restores your environment, 1959

Spring cleaning restores your environment, 1959

Syrups are refreshing, 1959

The old and sick need volunteer nurses, 1959

Trades for boys - chimney sweep, 1959

Trades for boys - shoemaker, 1959

With new flats, new schools, 1959

Young builders, Ostrava is calling you!, 1959

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