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Retro Matchbook Inspiration

Digging around my grandparent’s cabin recently, in the hills of WV, I discovered a treasure trove of design inspiration.

A cast iron pot of old matchbooks.

See, my grandfather passed away in the early 1980′s and grandmother in the early 1990′s, so the place is a sort of a time capsule even though the immediate family still vacations there.

Anyway, it was a lot of fun digging through the old matchbooks, and I decided to scan the ones that caught my attention for you. Enjoy.

1. Good font choice, color combo, and letterpressed tag line. Green matches a plus!

match-1a1

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2. Always a fan of retro red on old paper. Good art, too.

match-2a

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3. Throwback logo, but it’s definitely a modern color palette.

match-3a

4. Red and pink color combo are hot right now. Blue matches are cool, too.

match-4a

match-4b

5. Other than the smoking propaganda, “Smoke Smart!!” and “You don’t have to inhale,” I like the bold colors.

match-5a

6. Ever thought about using this many dollar signs on your capital program literature? :)

match-6a

7. I like the dots. Inside says, “Oh Thank Heaven – 7 Eleven.”

match-7a

8. I really like the gold on white. Kind of different for current trends.

match-8a

9. Purple is in.

match-9a

10. I like this blue and the horizontal lines.

match-10a

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  1. Joy Brewer DeLaere (Reply) on July 21st, 2011

    Love it Cleave…those are some seriously cool trends and I would imagine there are some fascinating stories behind each one…if only matchbooks could talk :)


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