Celebrating the first successful friction match, invented in 1826 by John Walker, an English chemist and druggist from Stockton-on-Tees.
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In the first half of the 1800s, John Walker developed a keen interest in trying to find a means of obtaining fire easily. Several chemical mixtures were already known which would ignite by a sudden explosion, but it had not been found possible to transmit the flame to a slow-burning substance like wood.*
Walker sold his first "Friction Light" on the 12th of April 1827 from his pharmacy in Stockton-on-Tees. They were made of cardboard at first, but he soon began to use wooden splints cut by hand. Later, he packaged the matches in a cardboard box equipped with a piece of sandpaper for striking. He was advised to patent his matches but chose not to, and, as a result, Samuel Jones of London copied his idea and launched his own "Lucifers" in 1829, an exact copy of Walker's "Friction Lights".
*(1 Crass, M. F., Jr. (1941). “A history of the match industry. Part 1”. Journal of Chemical Education.)
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A4 210 x 297 mm / 8.3 x 11.7 inches
A3 297 x 420 mm / 11.7 x 16.5 inches
A2 420 x 594 mm / 16.5 x 23.4 inches
A1 594 x 841 mm / 23.4 x 33.1 inches
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