c1910 pre-prohibition advertising - lithographed tin or steel alloy Old Judson Whiskey hanging wooden match box or safe. Attached below the lithographed image is a bin for holding the wooden matches, with a rasp-like striker area on the underside of the bin.
The colorful pre-prohibition whiskey enamel graphic has a wonderful detailed graphic of a c1900 working class family home - a young girl offering her father a glass of Old Judson whiskey, as his wife helps him remove his rain-soaked coat. A roaring fire burns in the fireplace, and lightening and rain can be seen thru the open door.
Printed on the front of the bin is "J.G. Stevens, 518 Delaware St., Kansas City, MO. U.S.A.", probably the name of the wholesale distributor of Old Judson Whiskey. Both ends of the bin are printed with a red colored circle with the words "Age Guaranteed" printed inside. In very small print on the lower lip below the match bin is printed "Foster M. Reeder, Kansas City, MO. S.W. REPR." and "Savage MFG. Co. BKLYN, NY." , the Brooklyn, New York lithographer who made printed tin signs and other objects.
Matchbox measures 4-7/8" high x 3-3/8" wide.
CONDITION NOTE: This item was made to be functional and intended for heavy use. Tin lithograph is in excellent collectible condition with strong, vivid colors. There is NO rust. There are some wear and a few scratches in the enamel which can be seen in the attached pictures – very few of which involve the principal images, and none of which are distracting. Most of the enamel loss is on the exterior edges and the corners of the bin, with some wear to the striker pad as well. All of the flaws are greatly exaggerated in these pictures by the photo flash. This match box appears to be in original condition and has not been touched-up.