Vintage matchboxes from around the world

A look at the matchboxes of old, adorned with images of battle and grandeur. Oh and some toothpick boxes too.

Mankind’s command of fire is arguably what separates us from the animals on a most basic level. The ability to package that kind of power in a tiny cardboard box and put it in your pocket is nothing short of awe inspiring. No wonder the matchboxes of old used to be adorned with images of battle and grandeur. The bleed and misregistered printing only adds to the appeal. Oh, there are also a few toothpick boxes in the mix. I mean of course reigning supreme over God’s creation with something in your teeth would be simply disgraceful…

Vintage matchboxes

Note to Australian gingers: please remember to wear the correct protective mask when using safety matches.

Vintage matchboxes

Vintage matchboxes

Vintage matchboxes

Vintage matchboxes

Vintage matchboxes

Vintage matchboxes

Vintage matchboxes

From a Livejournal post by valaamov_osel and a Flickr set by Shailesh Chavda.

Type is the new tuna

Inspired by the way metal type can be packed together in tight formations, Pavel Kulinsky decided to put 3D typographic characters in a can. Why? Well, why the heck not!

I think Russian designer Pavel Kulinsky is onto something with these wonderfully colourful TypoCans.

A designer of Moscow department store window displays by day, he started playing with typographic compositions in his spare time, just for fun and to improve his skills. Inspired by the way metal type (used in letterpress printing) can be packed together in tight formations, the idea emerged to put 3D typographic characters in a can. Why? Well, why the heck not!

Kulinsky says this is not a commercial project, but if he ever decides to make them available I would definitely buy a can or two. Just to stock up, you know.

Pavel Kulinsky's TypoCans

Pavel Kulinsky's TypoCans

Pavel Kulinsky's TypoCans

Pavel Kulinsky's TypoCans

Pavel Kulinsky's TypoCans

Pavel Kulinsky's TypoCans

Pavel Kulinsky's TypoCans

Pavel Kulinsky's TypoCans