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German matchbox containing safety matches.

A matchbox is a box made of cardboard or thin wood and designed to hold matches. It usually has a coarse striking surface on one edge for lighting the matches contained inside.

See also[edit]

  • Go-to-bed matchbox, another (more elaborate) form of matchbox
  • Matchbook, another form of packaging for matches
  • Phillumeny, the hobby of collecting matchboxes, and other match related items


Further reading[edit]

  • Steele, H. Thomas; Hiemann, Jim; Dyer, Rod (1987). Close Cover Before Striking: The Golden Age of Matchbook Art NY: Abbeville Press, ISBN 0-89659-695-8