Whoa! You can't favorite your own shop.

Whoa! You can't buy your own item.

Whoa! You can't favorite own item.

Whoa! You can't add your own item to a list.

Add this item to a treasury!

You don't have any treasuries yet. Enter a title below to create one.

This item has been added.

View your treasury.

This shop is taking a short break.

Want to know when they return?

Like this item?

Add it to your favorites to revisit it later.
Business listed on matchbook: Taj Mahal
Business now on Google Maps at that location: Now Underground Wonder Bar
Slogan on matchbook: Serving The Magic Cuisine of India
Size of matchbook: approximately 1.5 wide x 2 tall x ¼ thick inch (when closed)
Overall condition of matchbook: fair condition, rubbing and wear, some yellowing. No matches have been removed or striker used. Just looks like it has some character and was in someone’s pocket for a while and is perhaps thirty or forty years old.
Date sketch was completed: 5/3/2012
Location of business: 10 East Walton, Chicago, IL
Edition number: 1/1

Matchbook Landscape: I first got started on Matchbook Landscapes with a small collection of old matchbooks my then 90 year old grandfather-in-law Pete had in a plastic baggie in the back of his junk drawer. I salvaged his matchbooks when he was downsizing from the home he lived in for over sixty years, where he and his wife raised their family.

For each matchbook I find where the location of the business would be in Google Maps and on the inside cover of the matchbook I make a pencil sketch of whatever is now shown at this location. On average each drawing takes about two hours to complete. Sometimes the places advertised on the matchbooks are still in business even after decades have passed, some businesses have changed names and are under new ownership, and some buildings are empty or have been torn down and replaced by new buildings or parking lots or highway expansion programs and even empty fields. The age of the matchbooks I use vary, but all are a unique view into the previous business and the dreams of its owner and how these places and by extension all places and our histories change over time. Even the story of matchbooks has evolved and what was once a common item to give out to promote a business has now become a vintage item, rarer to find except in antique stores and our own junk drawers.

Inspired by the abbreviation Xmas for Christmas, I abbreviate my own name, Krista, to X-A for my signature on my artwork.

Your item will be shipped within 1-3 business days in a bubble mailer and inside a small gift box.
Please visit more of my matchbooks at:
All content © 2011-2012 Krista Charles

Checks Cashed by the Taj Mahal


  • Handmade item
  • Materials: matchbook, match book, pencil, matches
  • Only ships to United States from New Mexico, United States.
  • Feedback: 36 reviews
  • Favorited by: 13 people