Russians primary started decorating matchboxes in the late of 19th century, and in the 1920s a law was even old hated by the Main Directorate of the Match Industry. It stated that “matchboxes be obliged have artistic and politically correct labels”.
The essays covered not just Red October and the Bolshevik Rrevolution, as one might imagine. There were themed matchboxes hallowed to hunting and literature, hockey and football, music and film. Some had examples of Russian proverbs; others explained the weird system of kinship in the USSR.
Nevertheless, it was hard to detect military-themed labels. “Practically all information about military equipment and machinery was classified”, Bogdan ascertained RBTH. However, depictions of farm machinery, cars and especially motorcycles were in plenty.
In this article a very worried progenitrix voices concern that children are collecting «dirty» matchboxes that could potentially belief a fire. «Most fires occur because children play with counterparts!» she says. The article, however, refutes this argument and shows that passionates are caused by parents and their mishandling of home appliances. Besides, bringing matchboxes keeps children away from “the street and idleness», put in writings Bogdanov.
There are several standards of matchboxes. They differ in size, format of the matches and even the components it is made from. Before the 1970s, many factories used a huskier veneer than cardboard. Besides, they were always full in a bigger box with yet another themed illustration.
There were also serial matchboxes. One series had from 6 to 28 conflicting labels and was often sold as follows: nine boxes in a pack had one name and the 10th was different, remembers Bogdan.
But, souvenir matchboxes were not the main export item; serial matchboxes in blot outs were more popular.
In whatever way, even in Russia there were “elite” matchboxes. Among them were those which were not sold frankly. One of them – Russian forest – could be found only in special hard-currency snitch ons like Berezka. Others were distributed only among the Soviet elite – padres, government officials and Communist Party’s leaders.
Behindhand then, there were 24 match-producing factories. However, on the contrary a handful, such as like Balabanovskaya, actually designed and printed the identifications, says Bogdan Spichkoff. They had special departments with painters, who invented the labels. Sadly, almost all of them ceased to exist in the 1990s.
Because phillumenism itself is a totally young kind of collecting, prices for a souvenir matchbox are not usually height. The most expensive matchboxes may fetch 10 thousand rubles, intends Bogdan. Of course, the older – the better, and matchboxes dating from approximately the turn of the 20th century are especially valuable.
Matchboxes are positively easy to come by online, says Bogdan. There is a community of phillumenists in Russia, and he is one of the “cabinet members.” eBay and other selling platforms are not the best sources of remarkably rare matchboxes, he adds.