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Bryant & May "Brymay" safety matches, London, England, 1890-1940
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Bryant & May "Brymay" safety matches, London, England, 1890-1940
Cardboard and chipboard safety matchbox, "Brymay" trademark
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Work Type
Smoking
Date
1890-1940
Location
London
Material
wood, cardboard, base of inner container
wood, chipboard
Measurements
overall: 17 mm x 59 mm x 36 mm,
Description
Cardboard and chipboard safety matchbox, "Brymay" trademark, made by Bryant and May, 1920-1960
Match-making was a particularly dangerous job in the 1800s. Workers " mainly women " employed by companies such as Bryant & May to make matches commonly experienced a condition known as phossy jaw. This was caused by poisoning from the yellow phosphorous used in the head of the match.
Phossy jaw was a terribly disfiguring and sometimes fatal condition. Eventually, a combination of this health danger, poor pay and long hours led to the formation of a trade union for the workers. The Match Girls Strike of 1888, led by social activist Annie Besant (1847-1933), was a landmark industrial action and led to better pay. In 1901, Bryant & May finally stopped using yellow phosphorous in their matches.
Match-making was a particularly dangerous job in the 1800s. Workers " mainly women " employed by companies such as Bryant & May to make matches commonly experienced a condition known as phossy jaw. This was caused by poisoning from the yellow phosphorous used in the head of the match.
Phossy jaw was a terribly disfiguring and sometimes fatal condition. Eventually, a combination of this health danger, poor pay and long hours led to the formation of a trade union for the workers. The Match Girls Strike of 1888, led by social activist Annie Besant (1847-1933), was a landmark industrial action and led to better pay. In 1901, Bryant & May finally stopped using yellow phosphorous in their matches.
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Subject
match box
ID Number
co159185
Source
Image and original data from Science Museum Group
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