The wide world of philatelic matchbook covers: U.S. Stamp Notes
By John M. Hotchner
I discovered that there are a lot more philatelic matchbook covers than I expected when I presented the three examples I had in my collection in a 2015 U.S. Stamp Notes column.
Since then, Linn’s readers have reported another 30 major varieties, and several of them have different subtypes.
Counting subtypes, there are almost 100 different matchbook covers with stamp advertising.
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All of the major varieties were used to advertise approval services.
The question, now that matchbook advertising is no longer reaching mass audiences, is how do approval companies reach the folks who might be candidates to begin collecting?
And if they are not able to do this, is this another reason why stamp collecting is continuing to lose market share?
My thanks to readers R.H. Joy, Mark Sommer and Carl Troy who reported examples to add to my list.
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