The lost art of matchboxes

I'm glad we're all quitting smoking these days (or trying), but I do miss the proliferation of matches and their cover art that used to be found everywhere from smoke shops to restaurants. Here are some nice examples of early to mid- twentieth century Indian matchbox covers from the flickr set of Agence Eureka.


Matchbooks from famous designers

Designed by the legendary Saul Bass for the Hunt-Wesson/Ohio Match Company circa 1964. Can be had for a mere $15 on etsy.

Another by Saul Bass from the same period. I found these and more on the excellent etsy store Designcollects

Saul Bass

Saul Bass

Alvin Lustig via etsy

Alexander Girard. Designed for the La Fonda del Sol restaurant in New York City. $45.