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1930s-1980s Eclectic Americana-Themed Matchbook Covers (1,600+) w/Numerous "World's Fair" Examples

Lot Number 1482

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This is a large hoard of more than 1,600 Americana-themed matchbook covers from the 1930s through the 1980s. Collectively, these interesting and often colorful paper items chronicle American life during much of the 20th Century. Their designs illustrate the places people met, gathered and dined, the products they used, the services they employed and many of the personalities that populated the cultural scene. Their content also reveals, in some cases, how the nation has changed: items advertising "Cedars of Lebanon Hospital" and "Disneyland Tobacco Shop" are just a couple that show how standards of appropriateness have evolved! A key sub-group in this lot holds approximately 70 fascinating covers that were produced as advertising for World's Fairs and Expos of the 1930s and 1940s. A definite West Coast flavor is evident in the array, as many seldom-seen covers are present from California, Washington, Utah, Montana and the Dakotas. The collection contains mostly different items, with just a few duplicates. The covers are predominantly VG/EX to EX/MT in appearance with some lesser and a few nicer; all matches and staples have been removed, and all of the covers retain their strikers. Includes: Fairs/Expos - 1933 Century of Progress/Chicago (10); 1935 California-Pacific Expo/San Diego (3); 1935 Pageant of America/South Dakota (8); 1936 Texas Centennial (6); 1939 Golden Gate Int'l Expo (23); 1939 New York World's Fair (16); 1940 New York World's Fair (5). Additional topics: Restaurants (448); Hotel/Motel (457); Businesses/Services (202); B.P.O.E. Elks (135); Bars/Lounges (115); Ocean Steamships/Ferries (60); Auto/Gas (18); Railroad (18); Golf/Billiards/Bowling (20); Bandleaders/Singers (17); Moose Lodges (14); Banks (14); Military/Aviation (13); Farm/Machinery (11); Political/Campaign (8); V.F.W. (8); Liquor (7).

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