International match day

This day is dedicated to the English chemist John Walker who invented the modern match in 1826.
He coated a small wooden stick with a mixture of sulfur and other materials which he then swiped over rugged, phosphorus covered paper – Voila, the first match was lighted.

From that moment onwards, the match got more and more popular so that today over 500 billion matches are used each year.
As time went by, companies started manufacturing attractive and colorful matchboxes so this useful but old invention became popular again.

These boxes are directed at people who took up collecting different kinds of matchboxes. This hobby seems unusual at first, but when observed carefully, the matchboxes are actually very eye-catching.

So maybe the next time you’ll have a closer look at your next matchbox and will not only appreciate its practicability on cold or dark days, but also its beauty.