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Diamond Match bulletins and matchbook designs MSS.277
MSS.277  
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Description
The collection predominantly contains the Diamond Match Company's Good-Fellowship bulletins from 1923 to 1947, which contain general announcements and news, articles and information on persons related to the company. Also contained are match book design themes, a scrapbook and issues of the company’s digest.
Background
The Diamond Match Company was formed in 1881 through a partnership between the Swift, Courtney & Beecher Match Company of Wilmington (Delaware) and the Barber Match Company of Akron (Ohio). By 1889 the company had expanded, incorporating locations in Connecticut and Illinois. In the following years the company introduced various types of matches, and in 1911-1912 a safety, strike-anywhere, match was developed. During World War I there was a shortage of several ingredients used to make matches, including muriate and potash. In response, the company expanded westwards, developing methods to extract these materials from kelp and salt deposits. The company re-incorporated in 1931 in the state of Maryland. In 1986 the Diamond Match Company was acquired by Diamond Brands.
Extent
2.92 Linear feet
Restrictions
No restrictions.
Availability
Collection is open for research without restriction.