Matchbox & match label collecting, also known as phillumeny, has been a hobby since pre Edwardian times.
Since the invention of the friction match, manufacturers have used labels on their matchboxes to attract, amuse or inform their customers. A variety of sizes and shapes of labelling has been used on a multitude of different containers for matches over the years.
These are a small collection of matchbox tops collected between 1940-1946 by my father a serving soldier in World War 2 in India and Ceylon.other countries : U.S.A. Canada,South Africa, Australia.
Unfortunately he cut the front label for easy storage not knowing the collector would want the complete label. He returned home in 1946 and I have had them ever since.
They have been kept in an attic for over 60 years.They are not for sale as they are not big enough to scan to 7"x5". Just thought they might be of interest.