‘Best builders of socialism’ matchbox label series (1960)

Vote for the best builders of socialism as representatives of the people

18/04/11 – Czechoslovak matchbox label series promoting the election of socialist leaders. Series features illustrations of men and women from a wide variety of occupations (teachers, scientists, farmers, etc.) with the slogan (roughly translated): “[Elect] the best builders of socialism to represent the people.” (more…)

Traditional Czechoslovak Easter egg designs (1963)

Czechoslovak folk art

02/04/11 – Czechoslovak matchbox label series featuring traditional folk art. Series consists of eleven labels depicting hand-painted Easter egg designs. Labels printed for the Solo matchworks in Lipnik, Czechoslovakia in 1963. (more…)

1962 Czechoslovak Summer Spartakiad graphics

Summer Spartakiad of the Allied Armies 1962

11/11/10 – Set of Czechoslovak matchbox labels commemorating the 2nd Summer Spartakiad of Allied Armies in 1962. (more…)

More Czech National Spartakiad competition graphics

Train with us

24/08/10 – Series of matchbox labels produced by the Solo match factory in Lipnik, Czechoslovakia, on the occasion of the 1960 National Spartakiad. The text, “Nacvicujte s nami,” roughly translates as: “Train with us.” (more…)

Czech National Spartakiad sports competition graphics

Spartakiad sports competitions

30/07/10 – National Spartakiad matchbox label designs from Czechoslovakia circa 1959. The Spartakiads were mass sporting competitions created by the Soviet Union originally meant as an alternative to the Olympic movement. Competitions took place both in the summer and winter months and brought together competitors on regional, national and international levels. (more…)

Czechoslovak Red Cross matchbox label series (1959)

Pecujte o cistotu pracovist

16/07/10 – Matchbox label series from 1959 for the Czechoslovak Red Cross. Messages include such wise adages as: “Alcoholism ruins society.” “Play safe!” “Keep your town clean.” and “Respiratory exams catch TB early.” (more…)

Matchbox label set from Czechoslovakia (1968)

Hotel Ametyst Praha

26/05/10 – Series of matchbox labels advertising hotels, restaurants, bars and cafes in Prague, Czechoslovakia produced in 1968 by the Solo match factory in Susice. (more…)

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