1950s matchbox cover designs, Poland

June 12th, 2011

A selection of Polish matchbox designs of the 1950s and early 1960s, originally put online by Jane McDevitt of Maraid Design (her Flickr set of matchbox designs has more from around the world).

Matchboxes were used in communist Poland (and elsewhere in the eastern bloc) as a cheap method of disseminating information — sometimes commercial, sometimes propagandistic, sometimes just practical.

1950s Polish matchbox - "A radio in every home - battery-powered Barbara radios"

“A radio in every home – battery-powered Barbara radios”

1950s Polish matchbox - "The Sixth Soviet Film Festival - A Roundup of the World's Leading Cinematography"

“The Sixth Soviet Film Festival – A Roundup of the World’s Leading Cinematography”

1950s Polish matchbox - "Reduce water use - in industry and the home"

“Reduce water use – in industry and the home”

1950s Polish matchbox - "Emulsion paint from Chemifarb Gliwice"

“Emulsion paint from Chemifarb Gliwice”

1950s Polish matchbox - "Children + Matches = Fire"

“Children + Matches = Fire”

1950s Polish matchbox - "10 Years of the People's Republic of Poland"

“10 Years of the People’s Republic of Poland”

1950s Polish matchbox - "Death favours careless people"

“Death favours careless people”

1950s Polish matchbox - "Hospital. Prison."

“Hospital. Prison.” (An anti-drink-driving campaign)

1950s Polish matchbox - "Obey the laws on right-of-way"

“Obey the laws on right-of-way”

1950s Polish matchbox - "Get to know the road signs"

“Get to know the road signs”

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