Matchcover glossary D

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D.D. Bean Match Co. — A high volume, low quality match book company located in Jaffrey, NH, which started in 1938.
D’Amario Girlies — A stock design set of five girlie matchcovers produced by the Superior Match Co. in 1952. The artist was Gus D’Amario.
DOT — An abbreviation for the Department of Transportation.
DQ — An abbreviation for Diamond Quality. (See Diamond Quality).
Dated — A matchcover category with a date (month, day and year or year along) appearing somewhere (inside or outside). They were usually issued by a business or organization to celebrate an anniversary or special event. Not included in this category are matchcovers stating “Since 1905”; however, “From 1926 to 1956” is acceptable. (See Anniversary).
Dated Auto — Auto dealer matchcover with specific dates indicated for the autos advertised. (See Auto Dealers, Auto).
David Lionel Press — An old, defunct printing company located in Chicago, IL, which specialized in printing match books.
Dealer Imprints — A matchcover category having one design for all agents, outlets, dealerships, etc., of a particular business, product, or service, but showing different location addresses on each. (See Stock Design).
Debossed — A matchcover, a portion of whose design is impressed or recessed into the matchcover material. A Cameo is one example. (Opposite of embossed.) (See Embossed, Cameo).
Defunct — Any advertised business, product, service, match company, design, style, method of classification, or technique which is no longer used, in existence, or popular. (i.e., Star Match Company, Bobtailing, Talls, Diamond Quality, etc.) Not to be confused with “old” as applies to matchcovers. (See Obsolete).
Delux Ad Display — An Ad Display matchcover with process embossed silver ink. Sometimes spelled with a hyphen between Ad and Display. (See Ad Display).
Denmead Match Co. — An old, defunct match company located in Akron, OH, in the 1930s.
Detached Striker — A matchcover with a separate striker material stapled to the matchcover. This kind of striker is seen on Scandinavian matchcovers, and was never popular in the United States, except on Owname matchcovers.
Diamond Brands — A holding company based in Minneapolis, responsible for mostly Diamond box matches. Principle manufacture is Popsicle sticks, tongue depressors, toothpicks, etc. Founded in 1986.
Diamond Color — A Diamond Match Co. trademark that has a real full-color photo as part of the design.
Diamond Guide Posts — The Diamond Match Co. Salesmen’s Manual, issued by the company to all its sales personnel. Probably a 1940s publication, this 172 page book was the salesman’s bible.
Diamond Match Co. — At one time, the largest match company in the world. Today, only the name remains and is part of Diamond Brands of Minnesota. Formally established in 1880 through the amalgamation of several prominent match companies of the day.
Diamond Match — A footer used by The Diamond Match Co. after the Diamond Safety First and before the Diamond Quality footers. Probably used in the early to mid 1920s.
Diamond Quality — A Diamond Match Co. trademark issued between 1926 and 1936. One source sites 1922 as the beginning of the Diamond Quality era and ends it with 1939, a victim of the great depression. The words “Diamond Quality” appeared on the footer (lower left portion of the front). There are seven known variations on this manumark/footer combination. (Classification expert was Bob Oliver.) Diamond Safety First — First issued in 1905 by Diamond Match Co., and continued through the 1920s. As the popularity of the match book did not become dominant until 1925, early representations of this matchcover are very rare. Some surviving examples are Clown Cigarettes, the Morrison Hotel in Chicago, and Que Placer Cigars.
Die-Cut — A shaped matchcover, usually in the form of an hour glass. The Jewelite is the most popular example. (See Jewelite).
Die-Cut Hole — Matchcovers with other than round holes punched in the front used to reveal wording or design on sticks. Holes may be shaped as products or have a geometric shape. (See Knot Hole).
Diners — A popular matchcover category that shows or advertises a diner by name. (i.e., Fred’s Diner, Miss America Diner, etc.). Full length matchcovers are popular in this category. (See Full Length).
Disc Wheel Match Pack — A Unit Match Co. invention introduced in 1940. It was a wheel of matches about 4 in. in diameter. Placed in a square box, matches were removed by pulling them through a finger-size slot. Wheels contains anywhere from 200 to 540 matches on the disc, which sold for about $1.00. The matches had to be struck on the friction strip that appeared on the side, front, or back of the box.
Disney (Walt) Set — This patriotic set of 20 20-stick matchcovers was designed by Walt Disney and manufactured by the Maryland Match Co. in 1942. Each matchcover represents a different military unit. Sometimes known as The Yellow Set.
Disney (Walt) Pepsi-Cola Set — This patriotic set of 48 numbered 20-stick matchcovers was designed by Walt Disney and manufactured by D.D. Bean & Sons, Jaffrey, NH, who made them for the National Match Co. They were sold through Whelens and United Drug Stores. Each matchcover had a different Disney character and the name of a military unit. This set occurs with three different inside imprints, usually classified as 7-line, 8-line, and 10-line printing. The reason for choosing these 48 military units isn’t known.
Disney World — (See Walt Disney World).
Display — A Lion Match Co. trademark, which had a separate piece of pop-up cardboard advertisement, attached to the upper inside of the matchcover. First produced in the late 1930s. (See Pop-Ups).
Displays — Any or all exhibits of matchcovers, full books or matchboxes, and collections at a convention or gathering of matchcover collectors.
Dogs — A matchcover category featuring pictures, drawings, or photos of dogs.
Dog Racing — A matchcover category showing or advertising official dog racing tracks. Some have tickets printed inside. Many show pictures of racing dogs. Collected as a separate category from Dogs. (See Dogs).
Dominion Match Company Limited — (See Eddy Match Co. Ltd.).
Double Book Match — A Monarch Match Co. design to compete with other 40-stick sizes. (See Forty-Strike).
Double Design — (See Errors).
Double Dip Matches — First produced in 1886, this type of match has phosphorus applied only to the tip of the bulb.
Double-Length — A rarely used kind of matchcover that is twice the length ( 1 1/2 in. X 8 7/8 in.) of the regular. It was produced by Universal Match Corp. in the mid-1950s and appears in 20-stick and 40-stick widths. They were patented in 1957.
Double Striker — Popular with European (especially Portuguese) matchcover releases, this type showed a striker on the front and back.
Double Sizes — Another older term for 40-stick matchcovers. (See Forty-Strike).
Douglas — A single word manumark design that appears on a number of Group I type matchcovers. It is believed that the match book contained trick matches. Usually, a device to explode a cap upon opening. For this reason, no city, advertiser or other identification is evident.
Drava — The company was formed in 1909 by the takeover of the A. Reisner Match Works in Osijek, Yugoslavia.
Drawer — (See Tray).
Drunkards Match — A chemically treated match stick that caused the flame to extinguish itself after a short period of time. These match sticks were popular in the 1920s, and helped prevent drunks from burning their fingers. Made by Diamond Match Co. (See Stop Lite, Impregnated Matches).
Dummy Match — An old, defunct match company that used the Safety First footer. A surviving specimen of this matchcover is a Tall.
Duo-Tone Assortment — A Maryland Match Co. assortment offered in “three beautiful multi-color combination backgrounds printed in black ink with straight line copy of cuts.”
Duo-Tone De Luxe — A Match Corp. of America line, advertised in three colors (blue, buff, & green) with matching copy.
Dupes — An alternate term for duplicates, often used for trading stock. (See Duplicate).
Duplicates — A second, third, etc., identical version of matchcover in a collection, often used for trading stock.