Bird's Eye Safety Matches crate
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This antique shipping crate was used for shipping 100 boxes of matches in the early 1900's. In 1910, the Diamond Match Company patented the first non-poisonous safety match (produced without phosphorous), which could be struck anywhere. On 1911, they released the patent to other competitors at the request of President McKinley for safety of the workers and the "good of mankind". Crate label is ink printed on wood. Label size 9.5" X 14.5". Crate is dovetail construction.