I'm saving matchbooks for another post (because I have so many!) - and those you still see from time to time (I was at a funeral in November and was very surprised to see that the funeral home where I was had matchbooks printed with their name; smoking = future customers?).
I LOVE matchbox labels - like stamps, each is a tiny little work of art at best, and a record of where one has been at its most mediocre (and I love those too!). I just looked it up - the act of collecting matchbox labels is called phillumeny. :D
A while back I got some marvelous vintage Chinese labels from Wackystuff, whose collection I totally admire as it's probably 100 times larger than mine (he used to own a company called Ephemera, if that's any indication of how much stuff he has). These babies are OLD. But check out the lithography! Just gorgeous. Thanks Jeffrey! :D
And of course, I LOVE using these little guys in my artwork! Because the designs are oftentimes so colorful and stark, they always enhance whatever I'm creating. Here are a few of my faves: