1 CENT - 2 BOOK MATCHES VENDING MACHINE. Tower dimensions are 4-1/4" Wide x 3-1/2" Deep. Base Wood Block is 6" x 4-1/4". Works with Either Match Books or Box Matches.Slide Mechanism is locked and does work when activated with a penny. Lock on back cover is missing. MARKED- CHICAGO MATCH CO - LIBERTYVILLE, ILL. SOME INFO FROM THE WEB >. (1930s-1968) This is one of the better-known companies of the past, although, again, little is known of its background.
We dont even know exactly when the company started (earliest listed Dated cover is from the 1939 Worlds Fair). We do know that it was situated in Chicago. There are currently over 1,400 Chicago Match Co. Covers listed, which is one of the reasons why theyre more well-known than some of the companies weve discussed so far, but its interesting that only seven are World War II Patriotics. Perhaps most of the company had retooled for war materials or something of that nature.The dates above are misleading in that production actually stopped earlier in the 1960s; the company wasnt dissolved until 1968. The latest dated Chicago cover listed is 1964. Thats quite a common occurrence that Ive seen with a number of other companies that have gone out of business. The two big reasons why Chicago covers are sought after are because it was Chicago Match Co. That first introduced Hillbilly covers onto the scene (that was in 1948), and they also came out with some early Girlie issues, starting in 1939 (Chicago Maids, for example).
Quality wise, their early covers were really poorly made, but they got better in later years. Still Chicago was never known for its great art work or innovations; they stuck to their bread & butter, mainly text 20-strikes; no Safety Firsts or Qualities. See my other Vintage Collectible items. PLEASE SEE MY OTHER AUCTIONS FOR A WIDE VARIETY OF CRYSTALS, MINERALS & FOSSILS.
SEE PHOTOS FOR WHAT YOU WILL BE RECEIVING. Please ask questions if you need more information and I will be glad to help in any way I can. The item "Vintage 1 Cent MATCHBOOK VENDING MACHINE 14 Inches Tall CHICAGO MATCH CO" is in sale since Thursday, September 17, 2020.This item is in the category "Collectibles\Banks, Registers & Vending\Vending Machines\Other Vending Machines". The seller is "highway41" and is located in Grovetown, Georgia.
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