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W.A. Match Co. — An Australian company formed in 1930 with a factory in West Perth, Western Australia. Their excise mark was 15/1.
WIMCO — An abbreviation for the Western India Match Co. Ltd.
Wagon Tongue — An older trademark used by the Lion Match Co., with “wagon tongue” inserted inside. The front must be lifted and the message read to use the matches.
Walt Disney World — A matchcover category that are issued for various places in the Walt Disney World area. Over 50 basic types have been produced. Opened in 1971.
Want List — A collector’s personal list of matchcovers needed for sets, serials or collections. A want list can be made up of photos, photos with names, and lists of names or lists of numbers. The American Ace want list is a series of 10,000 numbers. When you get a box, you simply cross off its number. (See Lists).
Washington, D.C. Souvenir Set — This set consists of eight matchcovers, four in red and four in blue. The saddle is made up of a 12-ray design. At least two variations exist in this set; later issues have four red and four blue matchcovers with a 12-ray design.
Washington Nov. Co. — An old, defunct advertising specialty company located in Washington, D.C. that sold match books.
Washington State Apple — Subject of some early contour shaped matchcovers, manufactured by The Diamond Match Co. It was a National with a coupon for a pastry knife inside.
Wax Vesta — A type of small match that is made of wax.
West Virginia Match Co. — An old, defunct match company that was located in Wheeling, WV. It began operations in 1929 and was absorbed by Universal Match Corp. in 1939.
Western — A matchcover category showing western scenes, cowboys, cowgirls, settings, accouterments, riding, roping, outfits, etc. Not included here are Indians or Horses. (See Indians).
Western India Match Co. Ltd — A company that produces matchcovers in India.
Western Match Co. — An old, defunct match company. Manumarks used include Grant-Mann and Vista Lite products as well as Western Match Co. It was eventually taken over by Strike-Rite Matches, Ltd. Produced matches in the 1960s from a factory in British Columbia, CN.
Wide Stick Features — (See Features).
Williamsburg Souvenir Set — This set is believed to consist of four red and four blue matchcovers issued by The Diamond Match Co. The saddle is made up of a 12 ray design.
Willens & Co., Inc. Print — An old, defunct advertising specialty company located in Chicago, IL that sold match books.
Wise Man Strike on Back/Save — (See SOB Warnings).
Wooden Match Sticks — Match sticks that are made out of wood rather than cardboard. Most foreign match books of earlier issue and many present foreign match books use wooden sticks.
Wood Grain — A matchcover category having a background design (or portion thereof) in a woodgrain pattern. Printed by several match companies, these matchcovers usually appealed to owners of resorts, restaurants with a knotty pine effect, ranches and so on. Usually printed in brown ink and issued as a stock design.
Woody — Hobby slang for Wood Grain.
World’s Fair — A matchcover category whose advertisement mentions either an internationally recognized World’s Fair or World’s Fair event or may advertise a commercial product, business or service as related to a World’s Fair. (See New York World’s Fair).
World Match — An old, defunct match company manumark used by the World Match Corp. Ltd. It was renamed from Match Co. Ltd. in May 1923, and subsequently merged with E.B. Eddy Co. Ltd, Dominion Match Co. Ltd. and Canadian Match Co. Ltd. in December 1927 to form the Eddy Match Co. Ltd. Factory was located in Berthierville, Quebec, CN.
World War I Issue — Matchcovers known to exist that were issued during WW I are: Knights of Columbus (Two issues (a) Safety First, 20-stick, (b) “Our Doughboys; American Red Cross (Safety First issue); Pennsylvania Keystone division (28th Division, with state insignia on front and back); Buy Fifth Liberty Bonds; Cramp Shipyards (of Philadelphia, Pa. Few examples still exist.
Wrapper — A piece of paper that is used to contain matches. Used more in the 1800s for some types of matches that were not packed in boxes.
Wrigley Gum Cartoon Set — All matchcovers had a standard Wrigley Gum advertisement on the outside, but the inside had a series of at least 43 different corny cartoons drawn by Art Heifant. This 1935 set was distributed as a national (See Nationals) in a hit-or-miss fashion, and collecting started late. — The Internet domain location for The American Matchcover Collecting Club. Club, book, history, and auction information may be found at this site. The URL should be preceded with http://.