Before the sulphur match
The first sulphur match
Childrens labor
Womens fight for their rights
Work invironment
The laws
The swedish match industry
The match king, Ivar Kreuger
Was Ivar Kreuger assassinated?
H.C. Andersen and the matches
Drachmann and the matches

Before the friction sulfur match
Tinder Boxes has been widely used for the manufacture of fire throughout Europe for hundreds of years .
A tinder box consists of a piece of flint and a fire steel, which was striked against each other. This was generating sparks that were captured in tinder and when the spark caught fire and there was a glow forth, they could ignite a wax taper, as the first matches, was called.
Tinder box was stored in a bag in the belt.
There was both portable and stationary lighters .

In connection with the research for the book about the Danish matchstick industry , we found in the year 1801 a number of people who made sulfur sticks. Immediately we did not believe our own eyes, but these matches, has of course been the "light carriers", just bringing a flame from one place to another. .

The phosphorous tinder box first appeared in 1780, and was a small bottle containing phosphorus, which one of those old-fashioned matches, worked up the bottle and rubbed against the plug, making it caught fire and lit the  sulfur afterwords.

Later - in 1805 - it got competition, as the Frenchman Chancel invented the so-called " dip stick " . To turn this stick on, you had to dip the stick into a small bottle with asbestos moistened with sulfuric acid. When the sticks were introduced into the bottle and pressed it against the asbestos  this would ignite the sulfured stick.

Tinder box (often used by ladies), where the tap with flint struck against steel and ignite a piece of tinder placed at the end of "gun".
The first phosphorous matches, with sulfur in both ends and which could be ignited at any rough surface
Container with matches that are dipped in the liquid in the container to the right, creating an explosive ignition of the cold.