Vintage Japanese Matchbox Labels
September 26, 2009 3:21 AM   Subscribe

Japanese Matchbox Labels is a fine collection (flickr set) of wonderful vintage eye candy from the Japan of the 1920s through the 1940s.

And while I'm here, let me just tack on another flickr set: Vintage Japan Graphics. Altogether different from the matchbook stuff, but fun.

And BTW, if the main link looks familiar to you, and you're thinking "DOUBLE!", it's probably this FPP from 2006 posted by jonson (I miss jonson), from the same flickr user, maraid.
posted by flapjax at midnite (7 comments total) 13 users marked this as a favorite
Link goes here, maybe?
posted by twoleftfeet at 3:27 AM on September 26, 2009

Very nice, thanks. I wonder what kind of artifacts might exist from this era in Japan, like, I don't know, Bakelite telephones.
posted by StickyCarpet at 7:35 AM on September 26, 2009

NOTE: those of you wondering why twoleftfeet made that first comment, it's because originally my link was no good. Mods fixed it, though. Thanks, twoleftfeet!
posted by flapjax at midnite at 8:07 AM on September 26, 2009

Really like the matchbox covers - a great collection. Thanks for the link!
posted by garnetgirl at 8:21 AM on September 26, 2009

Those are neat flapjax. I was watching some old movies my dad made when we were kids a few weeks ago and there was a short section of us in japan on a layover, dressed in the kimonos the hotel gave us, sipping tea at breakfast.

I came across this the other day -- Buriki: Japanese Tin Toys from the Golden Age of the American Automobile
posted by vronsky at 9:19 AM on September 26, 2009

I'm late to the party, but thanks for the links. Great stuff.
posted by ardgedee at 7:10 PM on September 27, 2009

Very cool!
posted by marginaliana at 8:30 AM on September 28, 2009

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