Matchbox promoting the 1949-1952 Norwegian-Swedish-British Antarctic Expedition, manufactured by the Swedish Match Company, Sweden, 1952. They were used on Heard Island and in Antarctica, circa 1952-1993.

Physical Description

Rectangular matchbox with outer shell made from very fine wood. Covering the wood is a layer of blue paper, over which a rough surface has been placed on two sides. This surface allows the match to ignite. On one side of the box there is printed a penguin with some words and dates promoting the 1949-1952 Antarctic Expedition. Inside the shell is a container to hold the matches. This container is also made from wood and is covered in blue paper. The matches have a brown head on them.

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