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‘Peter Max’ Designer Series Matchbooks By The Ohio Match Company (1969)

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Although The Ohio Match Company did not list the designer of their 1969 Designer Series paper matchbook covers, their inspiration was obviously Peter Max. No evidence exists that Max was involved with the designs despite a few examples online making that attribution. We are awaiting confirmation or denial from Mr. Max himself, writes Scott Lindberg.

 

The Ohio Match Company's 1969 "Designer Series."

Peter Max - Adam Cosmo, 1968

Peter Max – Adam Cosmo, 1968

 

The Ohio Match Company's 1969 "Designer Series."

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Matchbooks have been around since 1892, when Joshua Pusey patented the idea of paper matches, whose tips were dipped in a solution of sulphur and phosphorus and then stapled to a piece of cardboard. The Diamond Match Company promptly purchased Pusey’s patent (he remained Diamond’s attorney for the rest of his life), and in 1894, a company salesman named Henry Traute got his first order for 10 million matchbooks bearing ads for Pabst beer on their covers.

 

The Ohio Match Company's 1969 "Designer Series."

Peter Max Life magazine 1969

Peter Max Life magazine 1969