1892. The birth of the matchbook patent.

We just found this little gem of a piece in the New York Times telling the historical tale of the matchbook, dating all the way back to 1892. We love a guy that solves a problem and rumor has it that Joshua Pusey, lawyer and inventor, created the matchbook because a box of wooden matches was simply too “bulky and awkward to carry around.”

Read the article.

[ Illustration by Andrea Manzati, courtesy of the New York Times ]