Saturday, 1 April 2017

Phillumeny: Collecting Stories, One Matchbox at a Time!

I was a child, travelling in a train when I found this matchbox.

The first matchbox that caught my attention :)

Little did i know that this would be my first ever matchbox in my upcoming collection that I'll start to build in my teenage years.

phillumenist
fɪˈluːmənɪst
noun
a collector of matchbox or matchbook labels.

I am a phillumenist. I find it interesting how these little matchboxes stores such large stories. What started off as an inexpensive hobby for me, it turned soon into a gateway of understanding our history better. With over hundreds of matchboxes in my collection, I have noticed how there is a common theme that runs across all the designs on the pack. While tigers, elephants, roosters and bicycles are the most common ones, the diversity ranges from mode of transports, food items, historic monuments and deities of worship. All of them printed beautifully according to the era in which they were made, like a pretty intrinsic design on a tiny box! A piece of art.


I remember getting these as souvenirs while I travel to any part of the globe as I search for a local paanwala with my eyes glued to the window of my car to get a unique matchbox this time. And oh how the managers raised their eyebrows when I asked for a matchbox in a non smoking room in the hotel. My friend Pranjali, helping me in building up this collection in the summer break and my mom remembering all the boxes I still need. So many memories!

I don't understand why phillumeny isn't as popular as it should be. Just like stamps, it depicts the history of the era, stories and values that raises a society and hence are little treasures that serves as the missing pieces of the jigsaw puzzle when we look back in time. With the modern times, it only gets less popular which concerns me. I wished everyone can see with the same amazement as the seven year old me in the train.

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9 comments:

  1. My parents used to collect matchboxes of matches and keep them in this gaint vase on the table... where us kids would play with them.

    Ahhhhh the eighties....
    #thatfridaylinky

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  2. Wow what a fabulous collection! Thanks so much for sharing with #Blogstravaganza, hope to see you again next week xx

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  3. What a fantastic collection Thanks for linking to the #THAT FRIDAY LINKY come back next week please

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  4. I've always wanted to start a collection, but never really found anything that I wanted to collect! My 6yo has a stick collection which she's had for almost 2 years, but I'm not sure if that counts! I love that your collection holds so much history and can speak so much of the era and culture it is derived from. Thanks for sharing #blogcrush

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  5. What a great collection - thanks so much for linking to #sharewithme

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  6. It has been years since I have collected anything... those kinds of items really do bring up some really great memories of times in the past...

    I think it's great that you collect them and enjoy doing it xox

    It's good to see you back Sakshi, I hope school is over for you, if not, at least I hope it has lessened up a bit for you xox

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  7. I didn't know that such a hobby existed. But I can see how it is indeed an art that reflects the era it belongs to. Well written, I must say. Glad to have known you.

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  8. I didn't know that such a hobby existed. But I can see how it is indeed an art that reflects the era it belongs to. Well written, I must say. Glad to have known you.

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