Happy Bat

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    Japanese matchbox label / circa 1935

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    1. batman63 79 months ago | reply

      Great collection!...


    2. goon_town_killer 79 months ago | reply

      I've wanted this matchbox forever!

    3. stevechasmar [deleted] 79 months ago | reply

      Some of these matchbox labels are full of Taoist symbolism. The bat is symbolic of happiness. The gourd -- this one has been made into a container -- is an emblem of Li Ti'eh-kuai, one of the Eight Immortals of Taosim. As such it is symbolic of longevity.

    4. Luxorama 67 months ago | reply

      interesting, bat with incendiary bombs on them, were drop on japan as way to set the city on fire, most houses being wood.

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