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Object ID 001666

Object Name Diamond matchbox

Object Desc Red, white, and blue matchbox for Diamond Matches.

Collection General Collection

Accession # CMY001346a-c

Alternate ID

General Category History

Category Household Items


Source Category Found In Collection

Accession Date JAN 1,1991


Location Tobacco Exhibit Counter

Object Date

Start Year Range 1915

End Year Range

Status On Exhibit

Object Keywords safety matches,matches,Diamond Match Company,boxes,

Title Diamond matchbox

Description Red, white and blue carboard matchbox for Diamond Match Co. matches. Still contains original matches. Box sleeve (a) has Diamond company mark next to the company name. Back has the same layout. Front side with striking strip reads: "Diamond Matches Strike Anywhere. The Diamond Match Company." Bottom side of the sleeve (a) has company name, location, and a seal indicating that Diamond Matches was awarded the Louis Livingston Seaman medal in 1915 for the elimination of occupational disease in their industry. Strorage component of the box (b) still contains matches and has a small cardboard insert (c) advertising Diamond brand wax paper.


Approx Collection Date

Height 1.5

Length 4.75

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 Diamond Match Company

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. It had plants in the United States, Europe, and Sou

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Image Caption CMY1346a-c



Date MAR 6,2014

Summary Fair

Assessor Ben Locke

Notes Sleeve has edgewear and fading, but the original matches and cardboard insert are still inside the box.


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 Counter from Room 7, Shelf 24 - automatic entry by admin