'An English Match Factory of 1870'.
4 0 c m
actual image size: 20cm x 32cm

'An English Match Factory of 1870'.

© Science Museum / Science & Society Picture Library


Illustrated plate titled 'The Quest for Instantaneous Fire' taken from 'An Engineer's Note Book', in 'Casell's Technical Educator', showing various stages in the proces of manufacturing matches: 'mixing composition', the drying room, filling frames, and stamping boxes. The phosphorus match was invented by a French chemistry student, Charles Sauria, in 1827.

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