This antique piece of tin advertising was used as a match safe to hold wood matches. It is made tin which is colorfully lithographed. The back shows a strong image of early home life. It appears that the old man has just come in from the cold stormy weather. His wife is helping him to remove the rain drenched coat so he can warm up by the roaring fire in the fireplace. The young daughter has poured him a drink and is offering him some internal warmth. The banner across the top reads “Old Judson” which is presumably a whiskey. There is a cut hole at both the top and the bottom for hanging this on the wall. The receptacle that would hold the matches reads; J.C. Stevens, 518 Delaware St., Kansas City, Mo. U.S.A.. Across the bottom of the match box is a textured surface for striking the matches. The sides of the receptacle have a circle that reads; Age Guaranteed. The bottom piece is attached to back by six metal tabs. Across the very bottom edge it appears to read; Foster M. Reeder, Kansas City Mo. S.W. Repr. – Savage Mf’g. Co. Bklyn. N.Y..
Old Judson was a brand name used by Judson C. Stevens who operated businesses including the J.C. Mercantile from 1905 to 1918 in Kansas City Missouri. It appears that his main line of business was wine and liquors and he was apparently at the Delaware address from 1905 – 1906 which is when this piece would date to.
The match safe measures about 3 3/8” by 4 7/8” and is in generally very nice condition with bright color, good gloss and minor wear, primarily along the edges. The paint on the back shows minimal wear and discoloration
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