Lot of three of vintage matchbooks made by Universal Match Corp., Philadelphia.  Circa 1940’s or so.  Matchbooks are full – no missing matches.

Great advertising pieces for ship transport across Chesapeake Bay. One side shows the S.S. Princess Anne which operated between Kiptopeke and Little Creek, Virginia. The other side shows the S.S. Pocahontas, “The World’s Most Luxurious Passenger And Auto Transport”.

The inside has an advertisement for the Virginia Ferry Corp., 4th St. Warf, Wilmington, Delaware. Virginia and the Chesapeake Bay region have a rich maritime heritage. Captain John Smith is said to have explored the lower Chesapeake Bay including Tangier Island and the lower part of the Eastern Shore of Virginia in 1608. Since that time, ships of all types have plied the hundreds of inlets, rivers and creeks of the Bay. Probably the most famous and largest of these were the ferries that were owned and operated by the Virginia Ferry Corporation and carried passengers and cars from Cape Charles and Kiptopeke Beach on the lower end of the Eastern Shore to Little Creek, Va located near Cape Henry, Va. Steamers were operated by the Pennsylvania Railroad to ferry freight and passengers between Baltimore, Md and Hampton Roads where trains would then provide the fastest means of moving between cities in the north and south. Prior to the 1940’s, the only way for cars and trucks to reach Hampton Roads from the Eastern Shore was to go north through Maryland and then down the western shore of Virginia, a trip that would take two or three days.

These vintage matchbooks are in pretty good condition for their age, with a light bit of wear here and there.

You will be shipped the lot of three vintage matchbooks shown.