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"Burning Up The Market!"
The Diamond Match Company
Since the first time a match was lit, we have been bringing you the best and safest.
==Bryant O'Brien - McGowan
==Ellie Frazier - James
==Megan Bethge - James
Innovations Leading to Our Famous Diamond Matches
1669- phosphorus discovered (it would later be a key component in our matches.)
1680- paper with phosphorus and wood with sulfur--but no actual matches created
1827- sticks coated with chemicals that one could "strike anywhere" were the first friction matches, called "Congreves"
-the idea of "Congreves" was taken by Samuel Jones called "Lucifers"
1830- Charles Sauria used white phosphorus to make matches, which later proved to be poisonous, causing "phossy jaw".
1855- Red phosphorus was used, solving the issue of "phossy jaw". A special surface was created to strike the match on.
1881- Our company was created out of the twelve largest match manufacturers of the time, including Swift & Courtney & Beecher and the Barber Match Company.
1889- John Pusey invented the matchbook--he called his matches "flexibles". The only impractical characteristic of the matchbook was the striking surface inside the fold, allowing all 50 matches to be lit simultaneously. (Our comany later bought the patent of "flexibles" and the matchbook, revising the innovation by putting the striking surface on the outside of the paper fold of the matchbook.)
1893- plans to establish the Diamond Match Company in Barberton
Our Part in the Chicago World's Fair
"World's fairs are about progress, exhibits that show where we are and where we're going. It is literally the entire world getting together and comparing notes."
At the Chicago World's Fair (also known as the Columbian Exposition), we are hosting an information booth that you may visit to give you the facts on our world-renowned matches. Our booth number is 43. It is located toards the top, next to the art gallery.
Our Unbeatable Prices
For only a few pennies, you are able to purchase a Diamond Match Company Matchbook at
Bellis, Mary. "The History of Matches." About.com. 12 Dec. 2008 <
This site provided an outline for the history of matches and the innovative methods by which the matches
were created and used. This outline helps us specifically by touching on Joshua Pusey's contribution of
the matchbook, and naming the matches, "flexibles".
"Columbian Exposition Map 1893." Map. Edgar Rice Burroughs' Remarkable Summer of '93. By Bill Hillman. 14 Dec. 2008 <
This source provided a map along with several other images depicting events at the fair.
"The Diamond Match Company." New York Times 12 Dec. 1888: 1. ProQuest Historical
Newspapers. ProQuest. Huntingtown High School Lib., Huntingtown, MD. 16
Dec. 2008 <
This newspaper article further confirms our knowledge of the Diamond Match Company controlling the
monopoly of match production in the US.
Diamond Match Company in Barberton. Photograph. Akron Photography. CanalWay Ohio. 12 Dec. 2008 <http:www.canalwayohio.com/maps/barberton/diamondmatch.htm>.
This source provided a picture of the diamond match company complex in Barberton, Ohio. We used this source
on our backboard for our visual display.
Diamond Brands. 6 Dec. 2008 <
This source provided a brief history of the Diamond Match Company and the initial
merger of the top twelve match companies. This source also gave in depth
list of today's match ingredients, giving us the base of what the matches
were made of back in 1893.
"The Great Match Monopoly." New York Times 5 July 1888: 3. ProQuest Newspapers. ProQuest. Huntingtown
High School Lib., Huntingtown, MD. 25 Nov. 2008 <
This source allowed us to comprehend the true monopoly that the Diamond Match Company possessed on the
production of efficient and affordable matchbooks.
"Joshua Pusey." Wikipedia. 12 Dec. 2008. 12 Dec. 2008
This source provided background information on one more innovation the Diamond Match Company
came across, the invention of the matchbook with a match striking surface on the paper fold.
"Matches." Compton's Encyclopedia. 209-10.
This source gave a brief and general description of the production of matches, and the differences
between the now widely produced paperbook matches, and the classical wooden matches that were first
"Ohio Columbus Barber." Barberton Historical Society of Ohio. 17 Dec. 2008
This source provided information about Ohio Barber whom was one of the key co-founders of the Diamond Match
Company. We used much of this info to write a summary of Barber's contribution to the Diamond Match Company.
Osman, Jay. Meet Me at the Fair. Pennsylvania Fish Commission. 14 Dec. 2008 <
From this website, we were able to extract maps of the actual 1893 World's Fair and where all of the
booths for the businesses and states were located. This way, we were able to highlight our
booth and post a map to help guests locate their way easier.
"Primitive/Country." Antique Mystique. 16 Dec. 2008 <
This website provided a picture of a Diamond Match Company Box. This website
also contained images of other primitive and country items used spanning back two centuries.
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