|CBS Radio Personalities — A set of Columbia Broadcasting Company radio personalities matchcovers issued by The Diamond Match Co. There are 80 different matchcovers in all, with set colors in red, blue, purple and green. Issued about 1935, 20 radio personalities each appear in the four different colors.|
CC — An abbreviation for Country Clubs.
CCBS — An abbreviation for Close Cover Before Striking, the most commonly printed four-word phrase since the beginning of time.
CCC Camps — A matchcover category whose advertisement mentions any of a series of Civilian Conservation Corps camp locations, popular in the 1930s. This category is usually collected by camp number, of which over 550 varieties are known. The camps were established in March 1933, and disbanded in 1942 because of WWII.
C/S — An abbreviation for County Seats.
Caddy — A small, usually gray box of match books, with 50 match books to a caddy for the 20-stick and 30-stick match books, and 25 match books to a caddy for the 40-stick variety. Usually, 50 caddies of 20-sticks make up a case of 2,500 match books.
California-Pacific International Exposition — This Exposition opened in 1935, in San Diego, CA. It issued a six match book set. Other matchcovers were issued in 1936, and a total of about 45 are known from the two years.
Cameo — A Universal Match Co. trademark having portions of the often elaborate design debossed and printed with metallic ink. Most Cameos are 30-stick and some are Jewels. The name “Cameo” appears inside on many matchcovers. They were first produced in 1965 and over 7,500 varieties are known. (See Jewel).
Cameo Box — A type of small round matchbox.
Camera Color — A Superior Match Co. trademark using a real four color photo as part of the design.
Camera Ready Copy — Artwork and/or copy prepared for custom match books. CRC, as it is sometime written, can also be an artist’s rendering or a photograph.
Camps — (See Military).
Can — Small cylindrical box that holds from between 30 to 80 matches. (See Barrel).
Canada Match — Canadian match maker that began operations in 1963, in Downsview, Ontario, CN, and moved to Markham, Ontario, CN, in 1973. This company ceased matchcover production in 1986.
Canadian — Any and all matchcovers from Canada.
Canadian Book Match Co. Ltd. — An old, defunct match company that was located in Toronto, Ontario, CN. D.D. Bean bought it in the 1960s. It produced 30-stick matches from its inception in 1938, to when it closed prior to 1964.
Canadian Book Match Co. — An old defunct match company that operated in Toronto, ON, from 1933 to 1940.
Canadian Match Co. Ltd. — Formed in Ontario in the fall of 1921 by three companies: Diamond Match (U.S.), Bryant & May (British), and Maguire, Patterson & Palmer (British). Each company had a 1/3 interest in the venture. It merged into Eddy Match Co. in 1927.
Canadian Radio Station Series — As of 1965, there were 92 Canadian Radio Stations with a known matchcover. All call letters begin with the letter “C.” They are found from all ten Canadian provinces.
Canadian Tax Stamp — Any or all older Canadian matchcovers that have a tax stamp printed as part of the design on the matchcover. Stamps were originally used around 1918, but were discontinued in 1949. Matchcovers imported into Canada had actual stamps attached, usually on the inside. For matchcovers produced in Canada, the tax denomination became part of the artwork and appeared on the back or saddle of the matchcover.
Candidates — A matchcover category whose main theme is a person or persons running for any office be it fraternal, local political, or national political.
Candy Stripes — A general pattern of horizontal or vertical stripes, or checkerboard design used over the saddle and back portion of the outside matchcover. Advertising copy was printed on the front. This pattern was offered through a generic salesman’s sample book printed by Maryland Match Co.
Card Matches — Early type of match that was fastened together at base, 17 matches to a card. Discontinued about 1913.
Case — A large carton of match books containing 50 caddies of 20-stick or 30-stick match books (total of 2500 match books). Also can pertain to matchboxes. Quantities will vary according to the matchbox size and manufacturer.
Casinos — A matchcover category any or all of which advertises gambling houses. Popular from Las Vegas, NV, and Atlantic City, NJ. Over 2,500 varieties known. (See Gambling Casinos).
Category — A subject, topic or theme of an organized group of matchcovers being collected.
Cellopak — A closed pack of two, four, six or eight match books, usually sealed in a clear plastic wrapper. Popular as a point of purchase sales tool in the 1930s and 1940s. (Also Cello-wrap).
Cellophane Wrapping — The manufacturer’s name for the covering of a Cellopak.
Central Match & Label Co. — An old, defunct match company.
Century of Progress — (See Chicago Century of Progress).
Century 21 Exposition — (See Seattle World’s Fair).
Centurylite — A Universal Match Corp. trademark for matchcovers containing 100 match sticks. They were introduced in 1964, but did not catch on and only a few were produced. Twenty-two issues have been found.
Cerillos De Mexico — A Central American match book manumark from Mexico.
Cerillos “La Paz”, S.A. — A Central American match book manumark from Mexico.
Chains — A matchcover category whose advertisement mentions hotels, motels, restaurants, or other business establishments having multiple locations (i.e., Holiday Inn, Best Western, Bonanza Sirloin Pits, etc.). (See Stock Design).
Chapman Match — An old, defunct match company that was located in Kansas City, MO.
Checklist — A listing made up by collectors or clubs to be used in checking off which matchcovers are in a collection. It lists potential types of matchcovers by number rather than the actual issued matchcovers. Matchcover manufacturers do not support Hobby checklists. Also known as an Index. (See Lists).
Chez Paree Serials — Advertised as America’s Smartest Theater Restaurant at 610 Fairbanks Ct. in Chicago made a matchcover for a number of its headliners. Produced by Match Corp. of America, both 20-stick and 30-stick sizes are known. Each matchcover is dated and the 20-sticks start with Marion Marlow on June 12, 1955 and end with Sammy Davis, Jr. on April 17, 1960. Over 80 matchcovers have are known.
Chicago Century of Progress — In 1933, the first set (of 10 matchcovers) was issued and tagged the “Gold Set.” The “Silver Set” issued in 1934, the second year of the Exposition, followed it. The Diamond Match Co. issued this set designed by Homer Colgate. It contained two Diamond Quality matchcovers (See Diamond Quality). It is said that this fair was the “kick-off” event for serious matchcover collecting in America. Over 100 matchcovers have been reported from this event. (See Gold Set).
Chicago Match Co. — An old, defunct match company which started in the 1930s and went out of business in 1968, that was located in Chicago, IL.
Chicago Souvenir Set — This set consists of only 8 matchcovers and was issued by The Diamond Match Co. around 1935. There is a one line manumark, which read: THE DIAMOND MATCH CO. N.Y.C., on each matchcover, and the saddle design has 12 rays. There are four matchcovers in red and four in green.
Chicago Sun Set — (also called the Ernie Pyle/Chicago Sun Set) Manufactured during WWII by the Universal Match Co. and made into a set of 18 matchcovers. Each matchcover features the name and biography of a famous war correspondent. The set originally sold for 50 cents and was issued in late 1944. Coloring includes white lettering with light blue background.
Chiclets — A 1940s group of at least 118 conjunctive matchcovers produced by the Chiclets Peppermint Candy Coated Gum Company. These match books were to be distributed in flight during commercial airlines trips and all (except one) are 20-stick size. All matchcovers (except two) have a Lion Match Co. manumark. (See Conjunctive).
Chilina de Fosforos — A South American match book manumark from Chile.
Chinese Restaurants — A matchcover category whose advertisement mentions Chinese eating establishments (Sometimes grouped in Oriental Restaurants).
Christmas — A popular matchcover category whose theme is related to Christmas. Often very fancy and highly decorated. They come as non-commercial or with business, product or service advertisement. Various sizes, thousands known.
Circle Match Co. — An old, defunct match company that was in Chicago, IL, in the early 1930s.
Class A Match Books — An early industry name for color sets of matchcovers printed with black ink on assorted color paper stocks.
Class B Match Books — An early industry name for matchcovers printed with one color on white stock.
Classique — A Universal Match Co. trademark whose match book had two combs of match sticks that were glued into the matchcover. They measured 2 in. X 5 1/8 in., and only 32 varieties are known. Introduced in 1966, Classiguqes were never very popular with match company customers.
Classique 180 — A Universal Match Co. trademark for a large style matchbox. Introduced in the late 1980s and contains 180 wooden matches.
Cleveland Souvenir Set — This set consists of only 8 matchcovers and was issued by The Diamond Match Co. around 1935. There are four matchcovers in red and four in green. There is a one line manumark, which reads: THE DIAMOND MATCH CO. N.Y.C., on each matchcover, and the saddle design has 13 rays. Some sources claim this set was also issued with black and white pictures instead of brownish pictures.
Click — A product of Italy, trademarked by the Maryland Match Corp. It pertained to match books with curved ends that overlapped at the top to close the match book. Originally imported from Italy and patented in 1949, later versions were also manufactured in the U.S.
Clipped — A front striker matchcover that has had its striker removed
(Also known as Bobtailed). (See Bobtail).
Clix Advertising Co. — An old, defunct advertising specialty company located in San Francisco, which sold match books. Their manumark reads: Mfg. by Lion Match Co., Inc.
Close Cover Before Striking — The warning printed at the bottom of the outside matchcover. (See CCBS, Footer).
Clover Farm Quality — An old footer message, used by The Diamond Match Co. in the 1920s.
Clowns — A relatively new matchcover category depicting a clown.
Clubs — A matchcover category whose advertisement mentions any type of club (athletic, yacht, country, Playboy, political, etc.). Not included in this category are night clubs or matchcover clubs. Some collectors include fraternal.
Coast Guard — (See Military).
Coast Match Co. — An old, defunct match company that was located in Los Angeles, CA. Their manumark includes the phrase Made in California.
Coast Book Match Co. — An old, defunct match company that was located in Tacoma, WA. This is one of the companies that produced both “tall” and standard size match books. (See Tall).
Cocktail Lounges — (See Bars).
Colgate — Matchcovers designed by William Homer Colgate, in the Colgate Studios, Div. of Diamond Match. Co., during the mid 1920s until about 1950. His matchcovers were known as Group I of which the Bridge Sets are the most famous. (See Bridge Set).
Collection — A group of matchcovers, which have been put into a recognizable order or arrangement.
Collectordome — A made up word meaning the whole realm of collectors.
Colleges — A matchcover category whose advertisement mentions institutions of higher learning (also called Colleges and Universities). Some collectors also include private schools, junior colleges and academies, but not commercial colleges or correspondence schools. Sports teams’ schedules are sometimes printed inside making them cross-over matchcovers. Conjunctives include fraternities, sororities, and campus bookstores. This category does not include barber colleges, kiddy colleges or other commercial schools. (See Academics).
College Football Rivals — Football rival team matchcovers, issued by The Diamond Match Co. in 1934 and 1935. There were three different sets (or types) issued, with a total of 60 matchcovers. (See Football).
College Football Rivals (Type I) — A set of football rival team matchcovers, issued by The Diamond Match Co. in 1934. The historical data speaks of records in 1933. There were 24 matchcovers in this set with each of 12 rival teams shown with two different color backgrounds (tan and black). The one line manumark reads: THE DIAMOND MATCH CO. N.Y.C.
College Football Rivals (Type II) — A set of football rival team matchcovers, issued by The Diamond Match Co. in 1935. In this set, however, there are different historical background sketches than in Type I. The historical data speaks of records in 1934. There were 24 matchcovers in this set with the same rivals as in Type I listed, each of 12 rival teams shown with two different color backgrounds (tan and black). The one line manumark reads: THE DIAMOND MATCH CO. N.Y.C. There are two name changes in this set.
College Football Rivals (Type III) — A set of football rival team matchcovers, issued by Diamond Match Co. in the late fall of 1935. There were 12 matchcovers in this set with the same rivals as in Type II listed, but this set only was issued with the tan background. The two line manumark reads: Made in U.S.A./THE DIAMOND MATCH CO. N.Y.C.
College Sports — (See Sports).
Collegiate Match Co. — An old, defunct match company whose manumark read “1928 — N. Shurr Co., Chicago.”
Colorama — Monarch Match Co. name given to their ten color set, style number VM-100, which sold in assorted colors only.
Color Abbreviations — Used in mail and online auction legends, usually signified by the first and last letter of the color. (i.e., RD = RED, WE = WHITE, BE = BLUE, GN = GREEN, YW = YELLOW, LBN = LIGHT BROWN, DBE = DARK BLUE, B/W — BLACK & WHITE). (See Legend).
Columbia Match Co. (CA) — A southern California based match company, which makes mostly match making machinery. Previously of Ohio, it began in 1938 and has no relation to the other match company of the same name.
Columbia Match Co. (WI) — An old, defunct match company, which started in 1915 and went out of business in the 1930s.
Columbia Match Co. of Canada Ltd. — This company was incorporated in 1928 and went bankrupt in 1933. The factory was located at St. Johns, Quebec, CN.
Comb — A measured section of match sticks contained in a match book. Combs come in all match books. (See Panes).
C.O.M.B.I.N.E. — A defunct national matchcover collecting club that specialized in U.S. Navy ship matchcovers. Established in 1961 and disbanded in 1978 due to lack of new issues. (See Navy Ships).
Combo — A hybrid form of collecting matchcovers in which a matchcover is saved with another item from the same establishment (i.e., with a swizzle stick, sugar packet, postcard, napkin, etc.) “Combo” is short for combination and the two items (one being a matchcover) must correspond.
Comic — (See Humorous).
Commercial Colleges — A matchcover category whose advertisement mentions commercial, proprietary or trade schools, but not the school listed under Colleges. (See Colleges).
Commercial Lines — (See Ship Lines).
Conjunctive — A little used generic hobby term describing matchcovers that can apply in two or more categories (i.e., a matchcover with two advertisers). A lounge in a country club makes the lounge conjunctive to the country club; bus lines and bus terminals are conjunctives. World’s Fair matchcovers that were given out by non-pavilion restaurants and hotels printed especially for the fair would be considered Fair Conjunctives. This term also applies to two distinctly different advertisers, disseminating information about their specific products (i.e., some older airlines matchcovers had Chiclets ads on the back).
Contact Sets — Matchcovers that form bigger pictures when placed side by side. One famous set is the numbered (10 in all) Leon and Eddie’s night club set from New York. Another is the 12 matchcover 30-stick “Happy Birthday America” set by Universal Match, made in 1976. (See Panorama, Jig-Saw Set).
Consumers Press — An old, defunct printing company located in Chicago, IL that specialized in printing match books.
Continental Match Co. — An old, defunct match company that started in 1936 and went out of business in 1944 that was located in Chicago, IL.
Continental Match Co. (NY) — Subsidiary of Lion Match Co. that was set up in the 1950s to handle imported styles of matchcovers for which Lion Match sold orders.
Contour — A Lion Match Co. trademark for standard size matchcovers (20-stick) that were custom die-cut to the shape of the advertised product. The name Lion Contour Match appeared on the inside matchcover. The manumark on early issues also uses the word Contour. These were top-of-the-line as far as expense and design were concerned. Over 1150 varieties are known and collected. They were introduced in 1951 to compete with the Jewelite designs from Universal Match Corp., and discontinued in 1991. (See Jewelites).
Convention — A matchcover category from any kind of convention (usually pertaining to national matchcover conventions, annual meetings of local clubs, swapfests, or club parties). Usually dated, this category might include matchcovers issued by individual matchcover collectors, clubs, groups of collectors or other organizations within the matchcover hobby.
Convention Sets — A matchcover category specifically pertaining to any organized gathering of matchcover collectors. Most pertain to local clubs to include AMCC, RMS, and AMCAL. Both matchcover clubs, groups of collectors, and individual collectors produced these sets.
Copy — A design term which means the wording or design of the words used in the layout of a matchcover. It is usually referred to as the advertising message; name, address, city, state, zip, phone; or any other wording that goes into the matchcover design. Political Copy refers to the candidate’s credentials or platform promises. This term usually does not include graphics or photographs.
Counter Display — A separately sold counter-top plastic display box used for displaying commercial matches. The sign usually read “For Our Matchless Friends,” or some slogan, and could be purchased with match books from the manufacturer.
Country Clubs — A matchcover category whose advertisement mentions country or golf clubs. This category comes in all sizes. (See Legitimate Clubs).
County Seats — A matchcover category whose advertisement specifically mentions the town and state (preferably on the front) of a business establishment, product, or service from a recognized county seat. Charles N. Reed, an Indianapolis pharmacist (known as Doc Reed) originated this category in 1935. All county seats are 20-stick. Although their location changes from time to time there are approximately 3400 county seats in the United States.
Cover — Slang for matchcover. (See Matchcover).
Cowboys — (See Western).
Credit Line — (See Manumark).
Crests — A matchcover category bearing a heraldry design. May be collected as hotels, restaurants or other categories.
Cronmatch — A European match book manumark from Denma
Cron Match — A European match book manumark from Finland.
Cross-Over — Any matchcover that can be placed in two or more distinct categories (i.e., a college matchcover with a football team schedule printed inside is categorized as both a College and a Sports matchcover). (See Conjunctives).
Crown Match Co. — A defunct, old match company that started in 1933 and went out of business in 1942. It was noted for its spectacular graphics and sometimes captivating colors and design. There were at least twenty different manumarks used while this company was in business. The factory was located in Los Angeles, CA., with most West coast and Hawaiian customers. (See Crowns).
Crowns — A term used to denote matchcovers from the Crown Match Co.
Cruise Lines — A matchcover category whose advertisement mentions any means of sea transport for people having fun. Does not include marine products. (See Ship Lines).
Cube — Term used to describe a wrapped package of 10 American Ace matchboxes. The wrapping can either be plastic film, hard plastic, or paper. (See Sleeve).
Custom Shapes — This is a minor category containing match books that were made in severally different shapes for specific, one time match book customers. Examples include Modelos Exclusivos of Rio, whose matchcovers has flat wings coming out from the back, and Gordon’s Special Dry London Gin in which the matchcover is shaped like a large bottle of Gin. These are not to be confused with Contours. (See Contours).
Cut — 1. The term used for a photo, logo, graphic design, or line drawing used by a customer as art work on a matchcover. Also referred to as Stock Cut. (See Stock Design). 2. Any photo, logo, graphic design, or line drawing used as art work on a matchcover.
Cuties — The name first given to traditional “girlies” matchcovers when they were brought out in England.
Cy Prisyon Co. — An old, defunct advertising specialty company located in Brooklyn, NY, that sold match books.
Czecho Set — A patriotic 12 matchcover set commissioned by a Czech living in Chicago in 1942. They were sold in the Bohemian Czech district of Chicago, IL for 25 cents a set.