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Feb 22nd, 2009, 11:39am
 
Just wanted to share a few old matchbooks from restaurants that I got for my birthday!
 
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Reply #1 - Feb 22nd, 2009, 12:43pm
 
I have a few from Schumann's old neighbor.
 
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Reply #2 - Feb 22nd, 2009, 12:48pm
 
Happy birthday, walkerbabe!  Smiley
 
These are really cool. I've been noticing more and more matchbooks from old Wildwood motels/restaurants popping up on eBay lately. It seems like kind of an untapped market (at least, as compared to postcards) but I would imagine that most places produced and distributed them to clientele back in the day.
 
I wonder how many still do...  Huh
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Reply #3 - Feb 22nd, 2009, 2:04pm
 
That is a great question!  We'll have to start taking notice of who still has them.  I got this one from Neil's too... Thanks for the b-day wishes!! Cheesy
 

 

 

 
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Reply #4 - Feb 22nd, 2009, 2:23pm
 
I love the Neils matchbook. Is that one 'standard' size (same as the others)?
 
Interesting that there is also printing on the inside. That might be the most appealing/informative business matchbook I've ever seen.
 
I met up with Frank (FlyinGN) and Dave (scca28) from the forum at the Red Rob Diner here in Philly last week. On the way out, I grabbed a matchbook with the diner's name and address on it. Nothing fancy, but just another example of a business that continues to make and give these things out.  
 
Definitely something we'll have to play closer attention to this year. Thanks!  Cheesy
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Reply #5 - Feb 22nd, 2009, 3:37pm
 
That Neil's cover is cool. Thanks for sharing!
Not exactly a diner, but I had to have this one when I saw it. It currently hangs on the wall next to my postcard of our favorite crabbing place. Another great childhood memory!
And don't believe all those rumors about Al being an eating machine! I think he ordered from the kids menu... Grin We did have a good time!

 
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Reply #6 - Feb 22nd, 2009, 3:49pm
 
Yeah, I ordered the 'Daffy Duck' and didn't even get a toy!  Angry  Wink
 
I only have a pair of Zaberer's matchbooks and one from Groff's in my collection, as far as ones from Wildwood go. I just did an eBay search and five items came up (two Zaberer's, another one from Neil's, and one each from the Sand Dune Motel and Pennyland).  
 
Thinking about it, matchbooks were probably an extremely effective way to advertise draw back customers, in an age when it seems like there were a lot more smokers than today. I could be reading that wrong, so correct me if I am. But, the culture of such things seems to have changed a bit.
 
These things were like business cards with an added function. Pretty cool, if you really think about it.
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Reply #7 - Feb 22nd, 2009, 7:44pm
 
Thanks for sharing, Walkerbabe. The Schumann's All-Star matchbook is a gem. Sigh.
 
I've tried to resist the matchbooks, but this one I couldn't. I imagine a couple of our self-proclaimed party animals will remember the 7 Seas Café—and, even if they don't, they'll approve of its matchbook's illustration... Cool
 
The inside front cover says in plain black print (well, if you want to call three different fonts "plain"): "JUMBO SANDWICHES... FAMOUS SINCE 1933...ANN & FRANK LEBATO."
 

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Reply #8 - Feb 23rd, 2009, 6:32am
 
Quote from Al Alven on Feb 22nd, 2009, 2:23pm:
I love the Neils matchbook. Is that one 'standard' size (same as the others)?

Interesting that there is also printing on the inside. That might be the most appealing/informative business matchbook I've ever seen.

I met up with Frank (FlyinGN) and Dave (scca28) from the forum at the Red Rob Diner here in Philly last week. On the way out, I grabbed a matchbook with the diner's name and address on it. Nothing fancy, but just another example of a business that continues to make and give these things out.

Definitely something we'll have to play closer attention to this year. Thanks!  Cheesy

Yes, it is standard size.  I think you're right about there being less smokers.  Kind of like weddings too.  I don't notice as many matchbook favors as there used to be.
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Reply #9 - Feb 23rd, 2009, 9:42pm
 
Happy birthday.  
 
The Swan matchbox is interesting, it would seem that air conditioning was more of a luxory back in the 50's.
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Reply #10 - Feb 27th, 2009, 10:43pm
 
Quote from fuzzyscorpio on Feb 22nd, 2009, 7:44pm:
Thanks for sharing, Walkerbabe. The Schumann's All-Star matchbook is a gem. Sigh.

I've tried to resist the matchbooks, but this one I couldn't. I imagine a couple of our self-proclaimed party animals will remember the 7 Seas Café—and, even if they don't, they'll approve of its matchbook's illustration... Cool

The inside front cover says in plain black print (well, if you want to call three different fonts "plain"): "JUMBO SANDWICHES... FAMOUS SINCE 1933...ANN & FRANK LEBATO."

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Wow, that is racy  Wink  Love it!!
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Reply #11 - Mar 15th, 2009, 11:10am
 
My planets seem to be stirring up thought-provoking coincidences the last day or so... interesting to see this matchbook after listening to Joey Reynolds (who usually gets booted off my car audio in favor of the iPod but I was too tired to bother) interview '50s singing star Joni James on the radio Friday night.  
 

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I hadn't thought of Joni James in ages, but I believe she was the one and only singer we actually went to see in person when I was a kid. After listening to her and looking at this matchbook with its classic midcentury style and spirit I'm reminded of my mother's fondness for William B. Williams and the "Make-Believe Ballroom" radio program. Something to be said for those days, no doubt about it. Ah, well.  Cool
 
eBay has a few other WW matchbooks currently, including one for "Boyers Food Market" at 3212 Pacific, with a four-digit phone number and a nicely styled one from Enrico's restaurant, for Cresters who remember that spot. There is also a charming Art Deco one for "Harry's Restaurant" and its "Spaghetti Real Italian Style" at 3312 Boardwalk—an ancestor, I imagine, of Harry's Corner at 3420, but just guessing on that.
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Reply #12 - May 14th, 2009, 11:31pm
 
I figured id add these to the discussion. I got these last year. I grabbed the 2 colors they had. Vey nice!
 
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Reply #13 - May 29th, 2009, 10:12pm
 
Quote from fuzzyscorpio on Feb 22nd, 2009, 7:44pm:
Thanks for sharing, Walkerbabe. The Schumann's All-Star matchbook is a gem. Sigh.

I've tried to resist the matchbooks, but this one I couldn't. I imagine a couple of our self-proclaimed party animals will remember the 7 Seas Café—and, even if they don't, they'll approve of its matchbook's illustration... Cool

The inside front cover says in plain black print (well, if you want to call three different fonts "plain"): "JUMBO SANDWICHES... FAMOUS SINCE 1933...ANN & FRANK LEBATO."

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I remember this place!  We use to go there when I was a small child, stop for a ham & cheese sandwich.  The sandwich was soooo big.   We would stop there at least once during our week visit.
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Reply #14 - May 31st, 2009, 1:40pm
 
Hey Helen. Don't forget everything we remember from when we were small seems huge. That sandwich might not have been quite as big as it is in your mind's eye. Then again... back in the day we used to marvel again and again at how there had to be something about the beach that made us extra-hungry after a day out there (uh huh...), and there were always several "doggie bags" that went into the stash for our annual farewell to the seagulls on departure day. Grin Food was always a big part of Wildwood fun and most establishments took pride in feeding patrons well. Thanks for sharing your memory, and glad it's a pleasant one.
 
Just noticed some matchbooks on eBay currently... check out the one on the left from the Palm Beach Motel. That is a sharp design, no? Others intrigued by typography, graphic design, logos, and/or Atlantic City history may like the classic Continental Motel matchbook too.
 

 
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