Exhibit : The Portuguese presence in India
I have residency in Lisbon, Portugal but I am currently living in Växjo, Sweden.
I was born in 1955 and started collecting matchbox labels and matchbooks when I was about 4 years old. Knowing about my interest in the hobby some of the phillumenists in the city of Porto encouraged me with some interesting offers. The publication in 1962 of the first catalogue of matchbox labels in Portugal allowed me to properly organize my collection. The 2nd edition of the catalogue published in 1965 and the monthly edition of the magazine “Filumenismo” gave a great boost to my development as a phillumenist.
I went on to specialise in all the material related to Portugal or that circulated in the Portuguese market and its colonies, namely Macau. My collection of Italian matchboxes/panels that circulated in Portugal in the 19th Century is very significant and formed the basis of my Exhibit in 2021.
I am a founding partner of the APF – “Associação Portuguesa de Filumenismo” (founded in 1972), and currently its President.
I have published the following phillumenistic works, which can be purchased from APF :
- Catalogue of Portuguese Matchbox Labels. Edition 1992 (co-author, text in Portuguese):
- Catalogue of Matchbox Labels – Companhia Portugueza de Phosphoros – Series – 1895-1926. 1st edition 2003; 2nd edition 2008; 3rd edition 2020
- Catalogue of Matchbox Labels – Portugal – XIX century. 1st edition 2011; 2nd edition 2014; 3rd edition 2022
- Catalogue of Italian Matchboxes imported by Portugal – XIX century. 1st edition 2013; under publication 2nd edition
- Addendum to the Catalogue of Matchbox Labels – Macau – 2016 edition (co-author, text in Portuguese)
- Advertising Skillets and Bookmatches List – Macau – 2016 (co-author, text in Portuguese)
- Phillumeny records – Portuguese Phillumeny Exhibitions – 2022
- Phillumeny records – Portuguese Phillumeny Catalogues and publications – 2022
- Phillumeny records – Matchbox labels produced abroad to Portuguese speaking territories – 2023
- Phillumeny records – Postcard in Phillumeny – 2023
- Portuguese matchbook holders records – 2023
- Matchbox holders (grips – slides – match safes) records – Portugal – 2023
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