Friday, April 28, 2006


In the year 1669, phosphorous was discovered, and soon after matches were invented. In theyear 1680, Robert Boyle created a fire with sulfur and phosphorous, not really a match though.

John Walker improvised a method to strike a stick, causing friction in 1827 and the first sale was 1827. It progressed until the Diamond Match Co., hired Joshua Pusey and purchased his patent for the matchbook for $4,000.

President William H. Taft asked that the patent be released for the free use of the public, Congress thereafter taxed the matches.



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