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Gambling Casinos — Any and all establishments that participate in legal gambling of any form. Primarily in Nevada and New Jersey. (See Legitimate Clubs, Casinos).
Gdanskie ZPZ — A European match book manumark from Poland. (See SZPZ Gdansk).
Gem Match Co. — An old, defunct match company that was located in Chicago, IL, ca. 1935-1938.
Gem Razor Blades Sets — A series of at least 6 sets of 6 matchcovers, each advertising Gem Razor Blades. They were issued in the mid 1940s.
General — A catchall category for: 1. all categories, or 2. categories featuring personal or oddball items, such as alligators, ravens, watermelons, miners panning for gold, lips, etc. You can start your own category with two similar thematic matchcovers.
General Match Co. — An old, defunct match company that was located in Cincinnati, OH. It began operations in 1890 and was reorganized in 1920. The company moved to a new plant in Reading, OH, in 1924. Matchcover production began soon after and terminated around 1951. Match boxes were produced throughout the company’s 61 years of operation.
General Collector — A matchcover collector who collects any and all categories rather than specializing in a few. (See General).
Getra Werbung Taunstein — A European match book manumark from Sweden.
Giant — A Lion Match Co. trademark for matchcovers, which usually contained one large comb of wide match, sticks (with or without imprint) and measured 9 1/16 in. by 3 3/8 in. It was produced in 1936 and probably earlier, and was still being made up through 1994.
Giant Feature Match Books — A Lion Match Co. trademark for the Giant Match Book (See Giant). These match books contain printing or designs on the wide match sticks inside. Each match stick measured 3 1/4 in. x 1/4 in. Themes include Christmas, business, product, and service establishments.
Girlies — A matchcover category whose advertisement contained pictures or photos of slightly clad women in various stages of undress, or nude. These designs were usually on the back, while the advertisement was on the front. Most are stock matchcovers and were usually issued in sets. Superior Match Co. issued the first sets in 1938.
Glamour Girls Sets — Three sets of girlie matchcovers made by the Advance Match Corp. between 1942 and 1950.
Glamour Girls — The generic advertising name used by various match book companies for their girlie sets.
Gledefri-Taendstikfabriker — A European match book manumark from Denmark.
Gloss-Cote — A 12-stick design matchcover featuring one color ink on one color stock.
Gold Set (The) — The nickname for a set of matchcovers issued at the 1933 Chicago Century of Progress Exposition.
Golden Gate Exposition — A fair that began in 1939 in San Francisco, CA. They issued numerous sets of matchcovers for both years (1939 and 1940) that it was open. Ninety-five matchcovers have been reported. (See Chicago Century of Progress).
Golden Light Match Co. — An Asian match book manumark from Singapore in the 1970s.
Golf Clubs — (See Legitimate Clubs).
Gopher Match Co. — An old, defunct match company that was in business in the late 1920s.
Gosch Taendstikfabriker A/S — A European match book manumark from Denmark.
Gowland Girls — Generally referred to as the Series of Girlie matchcovers issued by the Republic Match Co. during the 1970s.
Gowland, Peter — World class photographer and teacher noted for his “pin-up” girls and techniques of photographing women.
Grabber — A person who industriously scoops quantities of matchcovers or match books from the freebie table whether he or she can use them or not. (See Freebie Table).
Grain — (See Filigree).
Gral. Fosforera — A European match book manumark from Spain.
Granada — A Superior Match Co. trademark that has a portion of the design debossed.
Grant-Mann — A lithograph printing company located in Vancouver, B.C. It ceased operations around 1964.
Grand Coulee Souvenir Set — This set consists of two matchcovers issued by The Diamond Match Co., one is red and one is blue and the saddle has 12 rays.
Grater — Striking surface on a metal matchbox, when it is formed by a series of punctures in the metal.
Green Hat — A copyrighted (in 1926) trademark of the Albert Pick Hotel chain. This footer wording is extremely rare and is used on both stock and non-stock Albert Pick matchcovers. The Lion Match Co originally made these.
Green Hat Safety Book — A match book credited as having been manufactured by the Lion Match Co. of New York, for the Albert Pick Co. of Chicago, IL, and copyrighted in 1926.
Grip — A term used to describe a 3-sided piece of angled metal or plastic which slides over a matchbox, leaving only one side and the two ends exposed. The grips were often highly decorated or displayed advertising. Also known as a Spring Grip. (See Slide).
Grocery Store Sets — Sets with very general nationally recognized product advertisement that are usually purchased in grocery stores. (See Supermarket Sets, Nationals). This category may also include sets with designs, pictures, or words.
Gross — A unit of measure to show the number of matches or boxes produced in 19th Century U.S. factories. Stands for 144 (12 dozen) items or pieces. Shipping boxes were usually made to hold 144 boxes or one gross of smaller match boxes.
Gross Packet Label — Paper label that went on the outside of a shipping box, usually to show what the contents of the box were. The label would be an enlarged version of whatever labels were on the boxes inside the shipping carton.
Group I — Matchcovers with no advertising of any kind. They usually pertained to movie stars, radio personalities, and sports figure matchcovers popular in the 1930s. In the 1930s, a collector named W.W. Wilson invented the Group Classification System, dividing all matchcovers into five broad areas. Only the Group I term is still used. (See Colgate). The term referred to matchcovers that were never given away but were always sold.