Masonic Celluloid Matchsafe

by Whitehead & Hoag 

         

Here is a custom made Masonic Matchsafe wrapped in celluloid and made to look like a letter.  It is addressed with the name of the original owner "E. L. Charpentier - West Point, Ill."  It is postmarked "Malta, Illinois" and dated "1905."  My guess would be that it was a Lodge fund-raising project for Lodge No. 295.  It measures 2 3/4 inches by 1 1/2 inches and has the makers mark "The Whitehead & Hoag, Co. Newark, N.J." stamped into the lid rim and printed on the celluloid.  One of the specialties of The Whitehead & Hoag Co. of Newark, New Jersey was celluloid advertising items; they held a patent for a method of printing on pyroxylin (celluloid), granted on June 6, 1905, but applied for on May 25, 1900.

 

         

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