Phillumeny is the hobby of collecting different match-related items. The Santa Barbara Matchcover and Matchbox Collection
contains over 300 matchcovers and matchboxes of printed advertising graphics, primarily of Santa Barbara area businesses.
Showcasing local brands and late 20th century commercial art styles, this collection is a consolidation of materials from
several acquisitions. A digital exhibit of the two match container types, matchcovers and matchboxes, accompany this guide.
Up until the mid-1990s, when smokers were plentiful, matches had far more utility than they do in the 21st century. Matches
were handy, tiny fire sticks given away by businesses to propagate their brand. Matches allowed people to consume cigarettes
and were therefore lifted from bars, restaurants and hotels by customers with the intent of striking them at a later time.
With the declining number of smokers as well as laws prohibiting smoking in public establishments, complimentary matchboxes
are now somewhat of a rarity.
Property rights reside with the Santa Barbara Historical Museum. For permissions to reproduce or to publish, please contact
the Head Archivist of the Gledhill Library.
Collection is open for research.