Stori Belong PNG Masis

A selection of labels from Papua New Guinea
A selection of labels from Papua New Guinea

Exhibitor : Jerry Bell

Papua New Guinea (PNG) is Australia’s nearest neighbour, at one point being only 4 miles apart. A feature of weather conditions in Northern Australia and Papua New Guinea is that it is generally so humid that normal safety matches will not strike properly, and Bryant & May Melbourne invented a unique striking surface that worked well in the tropics.

Papua New Guinea pidgin is a great form of communication : “Stori Belong PNG Masis” means “Article on Papua New Guinea Matches”.  I was fortunate to get some advertisements in this unique language to advertise their matches which could be struck in tropical conditions, which are shown in the gallery below.

Tropical Matches series, Melanesian Match Company
Tropical Matches series, Melanesian Match Company

 

 

The Melanesian Match Company was founded in Papua New Guinea in 1972, and the company was soon purchased by Bryant & May, Melbourne.

The factory was originally established by the Federal Match Company, of Sydney, also part of Bryant & May, and used Bryant & May’s unique Tropical Matches striking surfaces

The factory closed in 1992.

 

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