Matchsafe, ca. 1890-1900
Tortoiseshell patterning has remained popular but by the early 20th century synthetic substitutes had largely replaced the natural material. this matchsafe sports a photoraph of William Jennings Bryan, a politician who unsuccessfully ran for president in 1896, 1900, and 1908. The background of immitation tortoiseshell is made of a thin film of dyed celluloid.
Its dimensions are
Overall: 3.8 x 5.7 x 1.2 cm (1 1/2 x 2 1/4 x 1/2 in.)
Cite this object as
Matchsafe, ca. 1890-1900; white metal, celluloid film, photograph; Overall: 3.8 x 5.7 x 1.2 cm (1 1/2 x 2 1/4 x 1/2 in.); Gift of Stephen W. Brener and Carol B. Brener; 1978-146-368
This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Plastics.