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Object ID 001662

Object Name Minnesota Jitney matchbox

Object Desc Cardboard matchbox for Minnesota Jitney Matches.

Collection General Collection

Accession # CMY001343a-b

Alternate ID

General Category History

Category Household Items


Source Category Found In Collection

Accession Date JAN 1,1991


Location Tobacco Exhibit North Shelf 6

Object Date

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

Height 1.5

Length 5

Width 2.75

Depth 0

Diameter 0

Circumference 0

Weight 0

Unit of Measure Inches/ounces

Dimension Details

Quantity 1



Site Details

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.

Maker Mark


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Image Caption CMY1343a-b



Date MAR 6,2014

Summary Poor

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