Sunday, 18 September 2016

A Couple of Boxes

For my friends birthday I got him a retro LEGO set as he never had one. I always wrap gifts in brown paper and string. For this one I thought an old LEGO label would a good addition. I hand painted this one I'm very pleased with the outcome.

The Salvation Army were recently giving out these repro match boxes in remembrance of the match girls. The match box will be great as a period pocket filler for some of my 1880s-1900s outfits.

Here's a brief history of the match girls from the card that came with the matches.

"In 1888, women working at match factories in the UK were experiencing severe health complications, such as phossy jaw, from the use of white phosphorus on matches. They also experienced 14 hour work days, poor pay and fines.
After learning of the situation, The Salvation Army opened its own match factory, using less toxic red phosphorus and paying better wages. Part of the impetus behind this  match factory  was the desire to improve the conditions of home workers, including children, who  dipped white phosphorus-based matches at home. Several children died from eating these matches. Once other factories stopped using white phosphorus, The Salvation Army closed it's match factory.
in 1908 the British House of Commons passed an Act prohibiting the use of white phosphorus in matches" The Salvation Army

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