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  • posted: January 24 @ 3:45pm
I've been collecting matchbooks, on and off, since I was about 10 years old. Some have been gifts from friends, but most are just souvenirs from the restaurants and tourist traps I've been to. I love the fact that matchbooks are collected from real places, snapshots of the past, empheral advertisements made permanent.

These are three of my favorites from my collection (all gifts): one from the Johnson Space Center in Houston, TX; one from inside a 1970s-circa Playboy Club; and one from inside Airforce One.

Blurry in the background is me and a large pile of the rest of my collection.


aaron b says:
That's awesome.
Posted: Jan 24th, 2010 - 3:50pm -
mattyc says:
I have a ton of matchbooks from MRE's
Posted: Jan 24th, 2010 - 4:00pm -
michaeljstraub says:
Oh that's fantastic. I used to have a collection of matchbooks in highschool. Then I moved and a lot of them went by the wayside
Posted: Jan 24th, 2010 - 4:01pm -
yourfavorite says:
the airforce one matchbook is nuts. awesome dude!
Posted: Jan 24th, 2010 - 4:03pm -
brandon says:
@mattyc I think I have one of those.
Posted: Jan 24th, 2010 - 4:16pm -
O.G. Manly Beard says:
and how did you manage to get a hold of the matches on air force one?
Posted: Jan 24th, 2010 - 4:16pm -
Beard Goggles says:
Nice. Old playboy club? Man, I've got an old playboy club invitation card saved from my old man.
Posted: Jan 24th, 2010 - 4:27pm -
Ace says:
coincidentally, i found a matchbook in one of my mugs today from the cha cha lounge, which i got from the last la whiskerino meetup. whiskerino comes back 50 times over in my life.
Posted: Jan 24th, 2010 - 4:29pm -
KMS says:
Why does NASA need matches? They have rockets.
Posted: Jan 24th, 2010 - 5:03pm -
Grower&Shower says:
I must know: a) how you got Air Force One matches and b) why they need matches on Air Force One?
Posted: Jan 24th, 2010 - 5:11pm -
Shotgun Willie says:
nice! i had a couple of photo history matchbooks once. i don't know what happened to them.
Posted: Jan 24th, 2010 - 5:18pm -
brandon says:
@OGManlyBeard @growershower It was given to me by my best friend from his grandpa's collection. It's from the 60s or 70s, back when smoking on planes was a lot more common.
Posted: Jan 24th, 2010 - 5:39pm -
brandon says:
@kms I never thought of it that way. :) I imagine they smoked a lot in Houston during the Apollo 13 mission.
Posted: Jan 24th, 2010 - 5:42pm -
Poe says:
I would love to see a detail shot of some of your matchbooks. Sounds like a great thing to collect.
Posted: Jan 24th, 2010 - 8:16pm -
mattyc says:
If you didn't i could hook you up with an entire ziplock bag full of them.
Posted: Jan 24th, 2010 - 8:30pm -
Gavin says:
that looks like one big pile of matches behind you
Posted: Jan 24th, 2010 - 10:17pm -
ThatGuy says:
That's great. I used to have so many different matchbooks. I never intended to collect them, but I just kept ending up with more and more. I have no idea where they are now.
Posted: Jan 25th, 2010 - 7:22am -
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