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Collection of matchbook covers from Pennsylvania establishments


Held at: Historical Society of Pennsylvania [Contact Us]1300 Locust Street, Philadelphia, PA, 19107

This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania. Unless otherwise noted, the materials described below are physically available in their reading room, and not digitally available through the web.

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This is a collection of approximately 159 matchbook covers dating from around the 1930s to the 1980s from various businesses from across Pennsylvania. Many originated from restaurants, clubs, hotels, and bars, but other types of establishments are represented as well, such as garages and clothing stores. The majority of them contain business names and addresses, and some display colorful and ornate advertisements, cartoons, pinups, and logos.

The matchbooks had been arranged into two sections, and that arrangement has been maintained, along with the their original housing in acid-free sleeves. The first section consists of those specifically from Philadelphia-area retailers. The second section consists of matchbooks collected from places primarily located in the southeastern portion of Pennsylvania, such as Harrisburg, Lancaster, and Allentown. They have been roughly arranged in alphabetical order by city names. They are also all flattened and the matches in each have been removed. Many of them retain their originals strikes (the strip that is used to light the matches), but on some the strikes have been cut off.

Gift of Everett C. Lee, 2014, 2017.

Accession numbers 2014.063 and 2017.002.

Historical Society of Pennsylvania
Finding Aid Author
Finding aid prepared by Cary Hutto
Finding Aid Date
; 2017.
Processing of this collection was made possible by a generous donation from the Young Friends of HSP.
Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

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