Object ID 001657
Object Name Search Light matchbox
Object Desc Cardboard box for Search Light matches by the Diamond Match Co.
Collection General Collection
Accession # CMY001340a-c
General Category History
Category Household Items
Source Category Found In Collection
Accession Date JAN 1,1991
Location Tobacco Exhibit North Shelf 6
Start Year Range 1910
End Year Range 1920
Status On Exhibit
Object Keywords matches,Diamond Match Company,Search Light brand,safety matches,boxes,
Title Search Light matchbox
Description Off white cardboard match box with red trim. "Search Light" brand name printed inside a red diamond with a blue foreground of a lighthouse overlooking a bay at night. Side with strip for striking matches reads: "The Diamond Match Co. Treated to Prevent Afterglow." The opposite side reads: "Search Light Non-Poisonous Safety Strike Anywhere Double Dip Matches." The bottom of the box reads the same as the last side described. No matches inside. Cardboard insert still intact, which reads: "Search Light Safety Strike Anywhere Match. Non Poisonous. No Afterglow. Made to Conform with the NEW FEDERAL LAW Designed to Protect MATCH FACTORY EMPLOYEES and Remove a POISON from the reach of CHILDREN OF AMERICAN HOMES. The Diamond Match Co."
Approx Collection Date
Unit of Measure Inches/ounces
Place of Origin
Maker Diamond Match Co.
Maker Details The Diamond Match Company was the largest manufacturer of matches in the United States of America by the late nineteenth century. The Diamond Match Company was established in 1881. Its founder was Ohio Columbus Barber, and the business was headquartered in Akron, Ohio. The Diamond Match Company took its name from the shape of the match's head that the company produced. In 1881, Barber's match business, the Barber Match Company, united together with several other match producers to create the Diamond Match Company. Barber served as the company's first vice-president and became president in 1888. While serving as president, Barber moved the Diamond Match Company's manufacturing operations from Akron, Ohio, to Barberton, Ohio, a community built in the early 1890s exclusively to house some of Barber's manufacturing companies. By the early 1900s, the Diamond Match Company produced eighty-five percent of the matches in the United States
Date MAR 6,2014
Assessor Ben Locke
Notes Slight fading and edgewear. No matches inside. No major tears or considerable damage.
Date MAR 25,2014
Summary Status change
Notes Status changed to On Exhibit from On-Site Collection Storage - automatic entry by admin
Date MAR 25,2014
Summary Location change
Notes Location changed to Tobacco Exhibit North Shelf 6 from Room 7, Shelf 24 - automatic entry by admin