ARTB label

An example of an ARTB

Taken from the acronym “All Round The Box” to mean a continuous matchbox label that wraps around all four faces of an outerbox, both ends overlapping to hold the outerbox in shape. ARTB labels consist of five panels.  They are typical of many British matchbox labels but were used in other countries. After an ARTB label was affixed to the outerbox the striking surface was applied.  For safety matches a compound was “painted” on one or both sides.  For strike-anywhere matches a striking surface was affixed on one or both sides.  Evidence of the striking compound usually remains on used ARTB labels for safety matches.

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