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Bucharest, April 4 /Agerpres/ - History teacher Vasile Sandor with Alexandru Papiu Ilarian National College based in Targu Mures (north-west of the capital) owns a collection including nearly 7,000 boxes of matches from almost all continents he has gathered in 30 years.
'If my memory serves me right, as far back as in the 1980s there was a large variety of boxes of matches with absolutely fabulous images in terms of diversity. Since I liked such things, they seemed interesting to me, some of them were even beautiful, I began collecting them. It was very easy... I do not exactly know how many I have, I have never counted them, but by an approximate calculation I estimate I have somewhere between 6,000 and 7,000 pieces. I collected part of the boxes till 1984, when I left Targu Mures, since I received a post in another city after graduating (from university); I resumed my preoccupation in the early 1990s, when there was a fresh boom of boxes of matches', Sandor says.
'There were series of designs even, I found sets of butterflies that were even numbered, I found sets of flowers, pictures from the Black Sea coast, from the Danube Delta, monuments in Romania - the monasteries, for example - and then there were others you had to search for. Who remembers Daciada (communist-era nationwide sport contest - editor's note) now? There were boxes of matches with the Daciada in five colours and in dozens of versions each', the teacher recalls.
He says his collection includes some boxes of matches older than a hundred years, which were uncovered by a former student of his from Denmark, but most of the boxes are more recent, as old as between 30 years and a few months.
'I began with the interesting things, with Christmas and Easter celebrations, very many of them are industrial advertisements from various pubs, restaurants, clubs and bars, very many of them depicting flora, fauna, tourism, landscapes from the North Pole to the Equator, from mountains to the sea. There are images from the great cities of the world, well-known monuments from Romania and from abroad, politics - I can draw up a history of the evolution of the political parties since 1990 till now', the collector underscores.
Sandor said he has boxes of matches from all continents - Africa, South America, North America, Europe and Asia, less so from Australia.AGERPRES

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