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I lived in Indianapolis for five years so the matchbooks from Indiana and especially Indiana are doubly interesting to me. The buildings and architecture seem especially well suited and unique for the matchbook landscapes - I think this also because I lived there and it is a familiar area (and I miss Indiana buildings and people).

Business listed on matchbooks: The Tea Room
Business now on Google Maps at that location: Now Daily Grind
Slogan on matchbooks: Our Specialties Are Unique Cuisine Private Dinners Old World Pastries Our Original Recipes
Size of matchbooks: approximately 1.5 wide x 2 tall x ¼ thick inch
Overall condition of matchbooks: Overall good. Some slight yellowing, rubbing, light scratches. Two matches and striker on one have been used.
Date sketches were completed: 12/2/2011
Location of business: Elkhart, IN
Edition number: 1/2 and 2/2

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.
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All content © 2011-2012 Krista Charles.

Our Specialties are Fourfold


  • Handmade item
  • Materials: matchbook, match book, pencil, matches
  • Only ships to United States from New Mexico, United States.
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