|TS — An abbreviation for 10-stick matchcovers and match books.|
Taffeta — A Lion Match Co. trademark whose surface exhibited horizontal striations across the entire metallic background.
Taffeta Foil — A Lion Match Co. trademark whose matchcovers had portions of the design printed with metallic foil.
Tall — Any or all matchcovers produced prior to the beginning of the vending machine period (ca. 1940), which measured at least 4 7/8 in. long. Full books of this kind frequently had rounded saddles (no machine scoring). The term was coined by Bill Retskin in the mid 1980s.
Tan Hockey — (See Second Hockey).
Taper Slim — A type of container imported by Lion Match Co. and distributed by their subsidiary Continental Match Co. It was a thin flat case of wooden match sticks, usually containing one row of sticks placed upright in the holder.
Taverns — A matchcover category whose advertisement mentions bars or other known places serving alcoholic beverages. (See Bars).
Taxi Cabs — (See Transportation).
Team Schedules — (See Colleges).
Tear Drop — (See Filigree).
Tear-Out Tabs — (See Safety Tabs).
Tehran Match Co. — A Middle Eastern matchcover manumark from Iran.
Telegraph Matches — A type of matches produced in the mid to late 1800s.
Ten Strike — A smaller match book (one half the width of the regular 20-stick match book) that contained 10 match sticks (written as 10-stick). This size match book was first manufactured by Universal Match Corp. around 1938, and designed to appeal to women who carried small or clutch purses. Production stopped for three years during WWII due to O.P.A. regulations. (See Half Size, Midget).
Tenorama — Monarch Match Co. name for their color set of ten, process embossed in Silver. The set was sold in assorted colors only.
Tent — Type of matchbox whose sides come to a peak. Also known as an “A-Frane” which sums up the shape. (See A-Frame).
Terza — A European match book manumark from Switzerland.
Test Set — [See First Movies (Type I)].
Texas Centennial Exposition — This Exposition opened in 1936 in Dallas, TX, and issued a six match book set.
Texas Souvenir Set — This set consists of four blue matchcovers issued by The Diamond Match Co. The saddle has 12 rays. (See Souvenir Views).
Thai Match Co. — A Asian match book manumark from Thailand.
Thank You — A matchcover category whose message usually contains the words “Thank You.” (See Nationals, Vending Machine Match Books).
Third Baseball (Type I) — A set of baseball players matchcovers issued in 1935 and 1936, by The Diamond Match Co. The set consists of 544 known matchcovers, but is not considered complete. Players generally appeared in three colors: green, blue and red. Distinguishing characteristics for this set is a baseball appearing in the saddle area with the player’s name and team only.
Third Baseball (Type II) — A set of baseball players’ matchcovers issued around 1938, by The Diamond Match co. The complete set consists of 69 matchcovers, 23 baseball players each appearing on three different colors: green, blue and red. Distinguishing characteristics for this set is a baseball appearing in the saddle area with the player’s name and team only. Most of the pictures are bust pictures. Two complementary sets exist, one printed in Black ink and the other printed in brown ink, making a grand total of 138 matchcovers in both sets.
Third Football (Type I) — A set of football players’ matchcovers that was issued in 1936, by The Diamond Match Co. This set differs from the Second Football set in that the player’s appear in a standing “picture frame.” Background colors include: green, red and tan, with each player appearing in only one color. Only members of the Philadelphia “Eagles” appear in this set. Printing is in Black. The two line manumark reads: Made in U.S.A./THE DIAMOND MATCH CO. N.Y.C. and 17 matchcovers are known to comprise this set.
Third Football (Type II) — A set of football players’ matchcovers that was issued in 1936, by The Diamond Match Co. This set differs from Third Football (Type I) in that the player’s position on the team appears between the player’s name and the description on the back of the matchcover. Background colors are the same as in Third Football (Type I): green, red and tan and each player appears in only one color. All players are members of the Chicago “Bears” with the exception of Don Jackson. This set of 30 known matchcovers is printed in Black with a two line manumark that reads: Made in U.S.A./THE DIAMOND MATCH CO. N.Y.C.
Third Football (Type III) — A set of football players’ matchcovers that was issued in 1936, by The Diamond Match Co. It is practically the same as Third Football (Type I) except that it is printed in brown. Some of the background colors also differ for each player. All 17 of the players in the set are members of the Philadelphia “Eagles” and the two line manumark reads: Made in U.S.A./ THE DIAMOND MATCH CO. N.Y.C.
Third Football (Type IV) — A set of football players’ matchcovers that was issued in 1937, by The Diamond Match Co. It is practically the same as Third Football (Type II) except that the color of the ink used in printing is brown. The list of players is exactly the same as Third Football (Type II) with the exception of Raymond Nolting appearing in two background colors. All players are members of the Chicago “Bears” with the exception of Don Jackson. The two line manumark for this 31 matchcover set reads: Made in U.S.A./THE DIAMOND MATCH CO N.Y.C.
Third Football (Type V) — A set of football players’ matchcovers that was issued in 1937, by The Diamond Match Co. This set is similar to Third Football (Type IV) except that the printing size of the descriptive data is smaller and the color of the printing is brown. Players are members of the Chicago “Bears” and each appears three times in background colors: green, red and tan. The two line manumark for this 72 matchcover set reads: Made in U.S.A./THE DIAMOND MATCH CO. N.Y.C.
Third Football (Type VI) — A set of football players’ matchcovers that was issued in 1938, by The Diamond Match Co. This set is similar to Third Football (Type V) except the printing is Black instead of brown. The two line manumark for this set of 24 matchcovers (each player appears in only one color) reads: Made in U.S.A./THE DIAMOND MATCH CO. N.Y.C.
Thirty-Stick (30-Stick) — A Lion Match Co. trademark for its 30-stick match books.
Thirty-Strike — A matchcover just a little larger than the regular matchcover, containing 30 match sticks (written as 30-stick). There are several slight variations to the exact size of this matchcover, depending on the manufacturer. Packs sometimes contained 28 match stems. The Ohio Match Co. issued the first 30-stick match book in 1948.
Thompson Models — Five sets of girlie matchcovers drawn by the artist Thompson were produced in 1953, 1954, 1955, 1956, and 1957. Produced by Superior Match Co.
Three-D (3D) — Matchcovers having a three-dimensional picture design. (See Lenticular).
Tip — On front striker matchcovers, the end of the matchcover nearest the striker zone. Also, the end of the head of a matchstick. Sets are sometimes different because of the color of the matchcover tip.
Town(s) — A matchcover category that encompasses any and all locations that have the city or town (with the state) as part of the message or advertisement. (See Small Towns).
Town Talk Bread Set — This 20-stick, 20 matchcover set was manufactured by Match Corp. of Chicago, IL. The set contained popular radio broadcasters of the time. This set is also known as “20 Great Radio Stars.” It came out in the mid-1940s and is considered very scarce.
Trade Schools — (See Commercial Colleges).
Trademark — The manufacturer’s brand name of the matchcover often appearing in the manumark, but also can appear inside. The trademark, however, may not be present at all. (See Manumark, Inside).
Trader — 1. Another collector with whom a collector exchanges matchcovers; 2. A matchcover used for trading.
Trading — Exchanging duplicate matchcovers (usually without charge to either collector) with other collectors. (See Swapping).
Trading Stock — Any and all dupes or extra matchcovers used for swapping.
Tramp Art — Non-commercial items that are made out of match sticks, matchcovers, or various other commonplace items (Popsicle sticks, bottle caps, etc.). These items can include lamps, jewelry boxes, statues, covered cigar boxes, and ladies purses. (This style of American art is also known as Prison Art or Folk Art).
Transportation — A general matchcover category whose advertisement mentions any form of commercial or paid travel or transportation, including; 1. Class One Transportation — airlines, commercial ship lines (Steamships), railroads, and 2. Class Two Transportation — bus lines, truck lines, cruise lines, jitneys, taxi cabs, etc. A number of collectors do not include railroads in this general category.
Travelodge — A matchcover category whose advertisement mentions the Travelodge Motel Chain. Each matchcover features “The Sleepy Bear” symbol. This category became generic in 1960 (no individual sites mentioned).
Tray — The sliding center portion of a matchbox, which holds the match sticks. (See Inner).
Trivia — A specific supermarket set of 66 numbered matchcovers issued by the Ohio Match Co. The matchcovers are numbered one through 67 but number 40 was not issued due to the death of Charles Lindbergh a few weeks before release of the set in 1974. (See Supermarket Sets).
Truck Lines — A matchcover category whose advertisement mentions any and all forms of cargo haulers or carriers. Also spelled Trucklines. (See Transportation).
Tru-Color — A Lion Match Co. trademark whose matchcovers have a four color photograph as part of the design, printed both on the back and front of the matchcover. Production began in 1956. Early issues were marked as “True-Color” instead of “Tru-Color.” (See Matchoramas,
Tulip Match Co. — An old, defunct match company that was located in Newark, NJ.
Tulip Match — The footer wording used by the Tulip Match Co.
Turkay Istinye — An Asian matchcover manumark from Turkey.
Turn Over for/Striking Surface — (See SOB Warnings).
Turn Over to Strike — (See SOB Warnings).
Turn Over/Scratch My Back — (See SOB Warnings).
Twelve-Up (12-Up) — An Arrow Match Co. trademark whose match books had
12 match sticks inside. Made in 1940, production stopped during WWII due to O.P.A. regulations. (See Midget).
Twelve Stick — A smaller match book containing 12 match sticks (written as 12-stick). This size was made by the Maryland Match Corp. starting in 1951 and is still in production.
Twenty-Four Stick — A match book holding 24 match sticks, made by Columbia Match Co. in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Over 215 different have been listed.
Twenty-One Feature (21-Feature) — A Lion Match Co. trademark for its 30-stick size matchcovers that contained 21 wide stick panes. Production started in the mid 1930s. (See Features).
Twenty Stick — The regular (or standard) size matchcover with 20 match sticks. This is the most popular size matchcover in the hobby, normally measuring 1 1/2 in. X 4 1/2 in. (written as 20-stick).
Twin Packs — A marketing device used by various companies in the 1930s and 1940s. Two match books were packaged in cellophane and distributed to retailers. Wartime restrictions on cellophane eventually resulted in a thin strip of glue being used to fasten the two backs of the matchcovers together.
Two-Forty Stick — The longest size matchcover (nearly 13 in. long), generally reserved for souvenir shops and vacation spots. Contains 240 match sticks. Earliest dated examples of this matchcover are from 1939. (Written as 240-stick.) Not regularly traded among collectors. (See Souvenir, Jumbo King).
Two-Hundred Stick — The second longest size matchcover, generally reserved for souvenir shops and vacation spots. Contains 200 match sticks. (Written as 200-stick) (See Souvenir, Hundred Stick, Two-Forty Stick).
Type — A suffix used to denote matchcovers similar to a trademark style but made by other companies. Matchcover collectors usually group similar matchcovers under one name for ease of listing. Thus, a Uniglo is made by Universal and a Uniglo type matchcover is a similar style made by any other company. (See Feature-Type).