This amazing little Union Pacific Railroad boxcar is FULL of FOUR "new old stock" never-used matchbooks! It dates from approximately 1980 (guessing from the advertising on the bottom of the box). It is a tiny 4.25 inches long, 1.5 inches tall and 1 inch wide. We have seen only a few in this small size, but they were produced as advertising for the railroad, to attract freight customers.
CONDITION is wonderful - the inner boxes of WOODEN matches are PRISTINE. We opened them carefully as they appeared to have never been opened before.
The box -- made to look like a real freight car -- is amazing with the most miniscule details - it is unbelievable that letters and numbers can be printed this small! The colors are bright with no fading. There is NO staining and no tears. Both end flaps are present without rips or tears. The only fault we can find is some corner scuffing on the very edges of the flaps, from being opened.
Back in the day, when this was made, it would have been a terrific publicity idea, advertising the Union Pacific's shipping services. Many clients would have been smokers and been glad to have quality matches to use.
A fine cross collectible for either a tobacco or railway interest.