Victorian Turkish Baths Picture of the Month for August 2004

Book matches cover
The Australia Hotel, Sydney, Australia

Striker pad above Striker pad above



Nothing is currently known about this hotel or its Turkish baths. Book matches were not invented until 1892, and were not used for advertising until 1897 (in the United States by the Mendelssohn Opera Company). This particular matchcover was most likely issued after 1910, when Bryant & May started manufacturing matches in Australia (in Yarra City, a suburb of Melbourne), and before 1920, when the safety warning 'close cover before striking' first appeared.

This item is from the collection of the Victorian Turkish Baths Project

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