PHILLUMENY is the hobby of PHILLUMENISTS. Phillumenists collect matchbox labels, printed matchbox outers, matchboxes, matchbook covers, matchbooks, and other forms of match packaging as well as match strikers, match holders, matchbox holders and matchbook holders. (See our Glossary). Many phillumenists are interested in other aspects of the match industry and match trade. This web site intends to serve all these interests.
THE FRICTION MATCH WAS INVENTED BY JOHN WALKER IN 1826, NOT 1827!
Many encyclopaedias and other respected references wrongly state that it was not until 1827 that John Walker, a pharmacist in Stockton-on-Tees, invented the friction match. Click here for more information.
This web site is brought to you by the BRITISH MATCHBOX LABEL AND BOOKMATCH SOCIETY (BML&BS).
Founded in 1945, the BML&BS is an international organisation with members in 34 countries.
The BML&BS is dedicated to serving the needs of Phillumeny and Phillumenists throughout the World.
THE BML&BS IS PROUD TO HAVE
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If you are a Phillumenist why not join us? Click here to discover the benefits of being a member and download a membership application.
If you are not a Phillumenist but just want to find out about that old matchbox you found under the floorboards or you want to dispose of a collection or find out its value before you sell then feel free to browse this site but you might find the advice you are looking for in the Information pages.
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