Phillumeny means collecting match boxes and match box labels
The word originates in "philos" (friend) and
How it started
I can remember two situations in my life, which may be the foundation
of my collecting activity.
When I was young, I kept my lost milk-teeth in a
match box from Saudi-Arabia.
This box is still in my collection.
The other event was a flee market during my studies in Munich.
There I bought a
box from the former Czechoslovakia,
just because it looked so nice.
I still have this one, too.
And finally, somehow the boxes got more and more until today.
Some people supported my collecting activities in special ways.
I'd like to thank them here:
- Andrea Holzner:
While I just started collecting as a student, Andrea stopped doing
so and gave parts of her collection to me.
- Trina Borenstein:
She also stopped collecting and offered her boxes in a special
internet newsgroup on "collecting".
I contacted her and in turn she really sent me a little parcel
from the US containing about 400 match booklets.
- Claudia Götz:
She gave me the collection of her grandfather, who had died.
His collection contains a lot of very old box labels.
This is probably the most valuable part of my collection.
My parents, brothers and sister:
They regulary have match boxes from holidays or business trips for me.
- Nicola Fritzsch:
She did a litte research in the archives of
(publisher of two collector journals "Trödler" and "Sammler-Journal")
and found some interesting articles about phillumeny.
- Freya Akkerman:
She studies(studied?) "Museumskunde" and had to do a work
on "inventory and documentation".
She asked me about my collecting habits and in turn sent
me that part of her work covering match boxes.
I found some interesting facts about philummeny in her text.
Here you can find further information on phillumeny: