Object ID 001662
Object Name Minnesota Jitney matchbox
Object Desc Cardboard matchbox for Minnesota Jitney Matches.
Collection General Collection
Accession # CMY001343a-b
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 1922
End Year Range 1941
Status On Exhibit
Object Keywords matches,Minnesota Match Mfg.,safety matches,Minnesota Jitney,
Title Minnesota Jitney matchbox
Description Navy foreground with red trim. "Minnesota Jitney Matches" printed on top and back sides of box. Minnesota Match company name and location printed on front side. Located in Duluth, MN. Bottom of box reads: "Minnesota Jitney non-poisonous safety strike anywhere matches are treated to prevent afterglow. Part that contains matches (b) pulls out of cardboard sleeve (a).
Approx Collection Date
Unit of Measure Inches/ounces
Place of Origin
Maker Minnesota Match Mfg. Co.
Maker Details After the Marinette Iron plant closed in 1900, the newly organized Union Match Company acquired and remodeled the Marinette facility and began to manufacture wooden friction matches in 1903. Each day the factory’s ten match-making machines could take forty thousand feet of lumber and mill it into enough matches to fill two rail cars. In 1922 Union Match merged with Minnesota Match and a year later that firm was purchased by Delaware’s Federal Match Corporation. In 1941 the firm became Universal Match.
Date MAR 6,2014
Assessor Ben Locke
Notes Box is empty, and has moderate edgewear throughout. Corners are frayed, and the removable box appears to have been repaired with tape at some point. Minor fading on colors/text.
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