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Object ID 001665

Object Name A&P matchbox

Object Desc Box of A&P matches.

Collection General Collection

Accession # CMY001345a-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 1910

End Year Range 1940

Status On Exhibit

Object Keywords A&P,matches,Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea,safety matches,boxes,

Title A&P matchbox

Description Box Slip Cover (CMY001345a) is rectangular, cardboard with blue and red design. Top reads "Volume 20 Cu. In./A&P/Matches." Front has match strip and reads "A&P Matches/Made in U.S.A." Back reads "Strike-Anywhere/Grade A/Matches." Bottom reads "Protected Tip/Strike-Anywhere/No Afterglow/The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company/New York, N.Y.,/Distributors." Box insert (CMY001345b) is a rectangular cardboard box with one open side to hold matches.


Approx Collection Date

Height 1.75

Length 5

Width 2.75

Depth 0

Diameter 0

Circumference 0

Weight 0

Unit of Measure Inches/ounces

Dimension Details Dimensions above refer to the entire box/cover. Dimensions following refer to the box insert (CMY001345b): height:1.75" length:4.75" width:2.5"

Quantity 1



Site Details

Place of Origin

Maker The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company

Maker Details The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company, better known as A&P, is a supermarket and liquor store chain in the United States. What is now A&P began in 1859; it established a small chain of retail tea and coffee stores in New York City and a national mail order business. It grew to 70 stores by 1878. In the late 19th century, A&P, still a tea and coffee company, became the country's first grocery chain. At the turn of the century, it operated almost 200 stores. The company grew dramatically after introducing the economy store concept in 1912, growing to 1,600 stores in 1915. After World War I, the company opened stores offering meat and produce. In 1930 the company, now the world's largest retailer, reached $1 billion in sales with 16,000 stores. In 1936, A&P adopted the self-serve supermarket concept and opened 4,000 larger stores by 1950.

Maker Mark


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Image Caption CMY001345a-b

Description A&P Matches


Date MAR 6,2014

Summary Fair

Assessor Cassie Coffey

Notes The slip cover (CMY001345a) is in fair condition with a few small tears on the top. Also has paint mark on bottom. Appears to be some water damage. The box insert (CMY001345b) is in poor/fair condition with some water damage and wear on the corners. Appears to be some dirt/dust/mold on inside.


Date MAR 6,2014

Summary Location change

Notes Location changed to Room 7, Shelf 24 from Room 1, Shelf 17 - automatic entry by admin

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