Wildlife on matchbox labels

Czechoslovakian matchbox label 50 mm x 34 mm ca. 1961
Czechoslovakian matchbox label 50 mm x 34 mm ca. 1961
Indian matchbox label 52 mm x 36 mm ca. 1970
Indian matchbox label 52 mm x 36 mm ca. 1970

Exhibitor Detlef Zschiegner

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The exhibition sheets shown are a very small excerpt from my 5855 different match label collection of motifs on the subject of animals.

My collection of motifs is divided into different collection areas such as “mammals / wild animals; Fish – aquatic life; Pets; Butterflies; otherwise. insects; Prehistoric birds and animals ”.

In this exhibition I am concentrating on some sheets of the sub-area “Mammals / Wildlife”, and I have selected matchbox labels and packet labels from many countries in order to show the beauty and variety of animal representations on the match label.

The aim of this collection of motifs, using the match labels as an example, is to show the viewer the beauty and diversity of this area of collection and, on the other hand, to convey knowledge about the animal world with the animal labels, as well as the people for the topic of nature conservation and to inspire animal welfare. Click on an image below to enlarge it.

  • The chimpanzees are a genus of the great ape family (Hominidae). Chimpanzees are the closest living relatives of humans and inhabit central Africa
  • Several animal species from the genus of goats (Capra) are named as ibex: These include Alpine ibex (Capra ibex); Ethiopian Ibex (Capra walie); Iberian ibex (Capra pyrenaica); Nubian Ibex or Syrian Ibex (Capra nubiana); East Caucasian Ibex (Capra cylindricornis); Siberian Ibex or Asiatic Ibex (Capra sibirica); West Caucasian Ibex (Capra caucasica)
  • The European brown bear or Eurasian brown bear (Ursus arctos arctos) is a subspecies of the brown bear (Ursus arctos) from the bear family (Ursidae). In Eurasia and North America it occurs in several subspecies, including the grizzly bear (U.a. horribilis) and Kodiak bear (U.a. middendorffi)
  • The squirrels (Sciurus) are a genus of the tree squirrels (Sciurini) within the family of the squirrels (Sciuridae). A noticeable feature is the raised, bushy tail. All squirrels are forest dwellers and feed primarily on seeds and fruits
  • The polar bear (Ursus maritimus), also called polar bear, is a species of predator from the bear family (Ursidae). It lives in the northern polar regions and is closely related to the brown bear
  • The giraffes (Giraffa) are a genus of mammals from the order of the artifacts. The giraffes are the tallest land animals in the world
  • Wisent, the wisent or European bison (Bos bonasus; often also Bison bonasus) is a European cattle species (Bovini). All bison living today are descended from twelve bison kept in zoos and animal enclosures
  • The red fox (Vulpes vulpes) is the only Central European representative of the fox and is therefore mostly referred to as “the fox”. It is the most common wild dog in Europe. The red fox is an undemanding omnivore. If there are fluctuations in the number of prey animals, he changes his diet at short notice and generally prefers what is easy to prey and offers a high energy content (opportunistic diet)

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