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#a297 :: Chinese novelty matchboxes

December 7, 2008

ENLARGEI can’t tell if these are serious products of Chinese public-health propaganda agencies or just an Engrish yock cooked up by China’s ever-creative but English-impaired export trade. Not sure it matters – they’ll own us completely by 2020.

All I know is these were 40 cents each at a curio shop in Chinatown, link and they came with striking surfaces but no matches. The sides bear this helpful warning and – in much smaller print – the epigram, cheapest “Childhood memory, combustion pleasure.

The one at bottom left of the stack says “DO NOT PEE OUT.”

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