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Business listed on matchbook: Wachapreague Raw Bar & Restaurant
Business now on Google Maps at that location: Now Ecology Health Food
Slogan on matchbook: Eat Fish Live Longer Eat Oysters Love Longer Fresh Fish From Our Own Boat
Size of matchbook: approximately 1.5 wide x 2 tall x ¼ thick inch (when closed)
Overall condition of matchbook: Has yellowing from matches on inside cover and yellowing on part of the back cover, but otherwise in very nice shape. No matches have been removed and striker is unused.
Date sketch was completed: 3/10/2012
Drawing retouched with more details: 01/07/15
Location of business: Silver Spring, MD
Edition number: 1/1

Your item will be shipped within 1-3 business days in a bubble mailer and inside a small gift box (an example of the box with another matchbook is shown in the last photograph of this listing). I will also include a small, clear ziploc style bag (approximately 3 by 5.5 inches), a small alligator clip, and a small nail for some hanging possibilities (also shown in the last photograph).

Matchbook Landscape: For each matchbook I locate where the business would be in Google Maps and on the inside cover of the matchbook I make sketch in pencil what is now at this location. I include the cropped "Streetview" that I draw from in the fourth picture in the listing. Each drawing now takes me about four or five hours of time to complete (as I have gotten better at these small drawings, the time has gotten longer and longer). 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 even empty lots. This series has become a meditation on change. The age of the matchbooks vary, but all are a unique view and a tangible memento of the past and how quickly all places change. Even the history of matchbooks has evolved and what was once a common item to give out to promote a business has now become rarer to find except in antique stores or our own junk drawers.

See more of my matchbooks at: http://xa.pcmxa.com/
All content © 2011-2015 Krista Charles

Eat Fish Live Longer - Eat Oysters Love Longer


  • Handmade item
  • Materials: matchbook, match book, pencil, matches
  • Only ships within United States.
  • Feedback: 36 reviews
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