German Matchbox Labels

Posted by Scott

Shailesh Chavda has a beautiful collection of matchbox labels up on Flickr. I have a book of Czech labels but I’ve never seen these German ones. Dave from Grain Edit originally turned me on to matchbox labels when he showed me his collection (I think they were mostly Czech). They’re so incredibly detailed considering the format; most of these would do fine as posters. I think the most striking part to me is the printing, when blown up you can really see that nice grain and spacing in the ink.

Many more great examples can be found here

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Jesse says:

March 28, 2010 at 10:49 pm

those are stunning, i cant pick a favorite. I am absolutely in love with the textures on those. Better texture is something I need to start working on. Thanks very much for the share!


Christopher Meeks says:

April 1, 2010 at 9:52 am

I’ve entered vintage overload.

If only I could use some of these on my site in a way that doesn’t look like I’m trying to take credit for other people’s work (which is amazing).


Tandberg says:

November 28, 2010 at 1:29 am

I´m collecting matchboxes and labels myself.
The two first labels of yours are from East Germany (GDR) and the two others are form West Germany.