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Old 06-23-2008, 01:05 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Anyone know anything about an antique matchbook cover?

I have this matchbook cover that I believe was my Grandfather's. It has the Statue of Liberty on the front and an adjustable calendar on the back. From the dates on the calendar it appears to be from the early 40's. It is made out of Brass or at least is brass in color.

I didn't know if there was anyone out there who may have some knowledge on antiques of New York City or Matchbook Covers or someplace where I can find out what exactly I have.

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Best I could find hope this helps.

VINTAGE MATCHBOOK HOLDER STATUE OF LIBERTY ON COVER - eBay (item 110173921104 end time Jul-20-08 18:45:07 PDT)

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That looks like the same one. Thanks Peter
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Default matchbook holders

I collect these things. Matchbook holders were first patented in 1904 by A. R. T. Manufacturing Co. The "T" of ART was Henry Traute, the marketing genius responsible for the incredible success of paper matchbooks as an advertising medium. The oldest datable matchbook holder that I have is from the 1904 Lewis & Clark Exposition in St. Louis. My collection consists of about 2500 different holders.

This one that you have is from the mid-1940s. There are two different perpetual calendars that these come with - one covers 1942 to 1951, and other covers 1942 to 1975. Etched Products Corp. (EPCO) made a line of matchbook holders for both the 1939 New York World's Fair and the Golden Gate International Exposition, and they are in the Thomas register in 1937, which is as far back as I can trace the company. Their advertising continues to appear into the mid-1950s.

I'm attaching some scans of other EPCO matchbook holders - two with New York themes, and the third on the original card on which it was sold.
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Wow...matchbookholder....I may have to give you the vote for helping post of the year!
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I collect these things. Matchbook holders were first patented in 1904 by A. R. T. Manufacturing Co. The "T" of ART was Henry Traute, the marketing genius responsible for the incredible success of paper matchbooks as an advertising medium. The oldest datable matchbook holder that I have is from the 1904 Lewis & Clark Exposition in St. Louis. My collection consists of about 2500 different holders.

This one that you have is from the mid-1940s. There are two different perpetual calendars that these come with - one covers 1942 to 1951, and other covers 1942 to 1975. Etched Products Corp. (EPCO) made a line of matchbook holders for both the 1939 New York World's Fair and the Golden Gate International Exposition, and they are in the Thomas register in 1937, which is as far back as I can trace the company. Their advertising continues to appear into the mid-1950s.

I'm attaching some scans of other EPCO matchbook holders - two with New York themes, and the third on the original card on which it was sold.
I can't believe this thread was resurrected! By matchbookholder? Who'd a thunk it.

The ones that you have are in way better shape than the one I have. I guess my grandfather used his. There was one on ebay a while back that wasn't selling and the guy only had it at something like $15. I don't think I want to sell it since it was my Grandfather's but I thought it would have been worth a little more than that. Do you have any better idea of its value?
Thanks for the information provided and any further information you have.
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