The Weird and Occasionally WTF World of Matchbox Art

Every matchbox needs a little decoration on the outside. But sometimes package designers go the extra mile to make your moment with fire a truly trippy experience. Here are some of the weirdest matchboxes we've ever seen.

The King Kong above is from Japan, and produced in the early 1930s.

The Iron (Japan, c. 1935)

The Weird and Occasionally WTF World of Matchbox Art

Disco Fever (Japan)

The Weird and Occasionally WTF World of Matchbox Art

Shadow Figures (China)

The Weird and Occasionally WTF World of Matchbox Art

The Dadaist Pegasus (India)

The Weird and Occasionally WTF World of Matchbox Art

The Rocket from Mecca (Saudi Arabia)

The Weird and Occasionally WTF World of Matchbox Art

Cute Platypus (India, c. 1930)

The Weird and Occasionally WTF World of Matchbox Art

Old Japanese labels

The Weird and Occasionally WTF World of Matchbox Art

The Weird and Occasionally WTF World of Matchbox Art

The Tiger Attacks and Leaf Cutter (Sweden)

The Weird and Occasionally WTF World of Matchbox Art

Non-poisonous and non glowing Aeroplane (Sweden)

The Weird and Occasionally WTF World of Matchbox Art

Camera Matches (Japan)

The Weird and Occasionally WTF World of Matchbox Art

Smoking Joker Monkeys (India)

The Weird and Occasionally WTF World of Matchbox Art

The Magic Square (England, c. 1930)

The Weird and Occasionally WTF World of Matchbox Art

Metro (Hungary, 1970)

The Weird and Occasionally WTF World of Matchbox Art

Look at me, I'm wearing the Earth now (Japan, c. 1910)

The Weird and Occasionally WTF World of Matchbox Art

The Inseparables (Japan, c. 1900)

The Weird and Occasionally WTF World of Matchbox Art

The Lip Brand (Japan, c. 1935)

The Weird and Occasionally WTF World of Matchbox Art

Heavenly Stage (China, c. 1960)

The Weird and Occasionally WTF World of Matchbox Art

A smoking Daft Punk member (Belgium, c. 1950)

The Weird and Occasionally WTF World of Matchbox Art

The Juggler Matches (Japan, c. 1920)

The Weird and Occasionally WTF World of Matchbox Art

Protection from Fire (Japan, c. 1920)

The Weird and Occasionally WTF World of Matchbox Art

Air Light (Netherlands, c. 1935)

The Weird and Occasionally WTF World of Matchbox Art

Hero (India, c. 1970)

The Weird and Occasionally WTF World of Matchbox Art

Goldeneye (India, c. 1970)

The Weird and Occasionally WTF World of Matchbox Art

Disco Art (Germany, c. 1975)

The Weird and Occasionally WTF World of Matchbox Art

Batman and Superman (China)

The Weird and Occasionally WTF World of Matchbox Art

Milk or Alcohol (Bulgaria)

The Weird and Occasionally WTF World of Matchbox Art

Gandhi (Japan)

The Weird and Occasionally WTF World of Matchbox Art

How does it happen? (Japan, c. 1910)

The Weird and Occasionally WTF World of Matchbox Art

Space themed matches by the Dutch EDAH supermarket (Netherlands, 1966)

The Weird and Occasionally WTF World of Matchbox Art

The Weird and Occasionally WTF World of Matchbox Art

The Tiger safety matches (Sweden)

The Weird and Occasionally WTF World of Matchbox Art

Robot Brand (Japan)

The Weird and Occasionally WTF World of Matchbox Art

Cockfight (Sweden)

The Weird and Occasionally WTF World of Matchbox Art

Superior safety matches (Japan)

The Weird and Occasionally WTF World of Matchbox Art

Grumpy Cat (Sivakasi, India)

The Weird and Occasionally WTF World of Matchbox Art

Impregnated Snail (Jönköping, Sweden)

The Weird and Occasionally WTF World of Matchbox Art

Non-poisonous Searchlight (UK)

The Weird and Occasionally WTF World of Matchbox Art

Tjap Karbo (Sweden)

The Weird and Occasionally WTF World of Matchbox Art

This Match Speaks For Itself (Sweden)

The Weird and Occasionally WTF World of Matchbox Art

The Crocodile and The Duel (India)

The Weird and Occasionally WTF World of Matchbox Art

The Weird and Occasionally WTF World of Matchbox Art

U.S.S Hyman or DD-732 (USA)

The Weird and Occasionally WTF World of Matchbox Art

"Don't Drink Water, Drink Beer" from Frank's Beverage Center, Glen Cove, New York (USA)

The Weird and Occasionally WTF World of Matchbox Art

Gotham Gold Stripe Stockings (USA)

The Weird and Occasionally WTF World of Matchbox Art

A Pannonia ad from Csepel Motorcycles (1950s, Hungary)

The Weird and Occasionally WTF World of Matchbox Art

Miniature reduction of an old Berliner Zeitung cover on a matchbox celebrating that the magazine turned 100 years old. (Germany)

The Weird and Occasionally WTF World of Matchbox Art

Are you thirsty for a crime movie? Or you want to relax all night long? This beer helps you. (Germany)

The Weird and Occasionally WTF World of Matchbox Art

Robur truck factory ads (1960s and 1970s, East Germany)

The Weird and Occasionally WTF World of Matchbox Art

The Weird and Occasionally WTF World of Matchbox Art

Adam Hats – They're Smart! (USA)

The Weird and Occasionally WTF World of Matchbox Art

Soviet Union's Luna 2 (1959, USSR)

The Weird and Occasionally WTF World of Matchbox Art

The Weird and Occasionally WTF World of Matchbox Art

Wildfire and Fire Prevention ads (USSR, now Lithuania)

The Weird and Occasionally WTF World of Matchbox Art

The Weird and Occasionally WTF World of Matchbox Art

Anti-drinking ads (Czechoslovakia)

The Weird and Occasionally WTF World of Matchbox Art

Ads of the Hungarian lightbulb factory Tungsram (1960s, Hungary)

The Weird and Occasionally WTF World of Matchbox Art

The Weird and Occasionally WTF World of Matchbox Art

Please report found bombs to local government instead of touching them! (1950s, Hungary)

The Weird and Occasionally WTF World of Matchbox Art

The Ring (Sweden)

The Weird and Occasionally WTF World of Matchbox Art

(via wackystuff, little red mail box, David Larson, Ωméga *, Gertie, Curious Objects, flamingturkeywings, Shailesh Chavda, maraid, fedoralounge, The Design Witness, Yutaka Katoh, Patricia M, Arnon Reisman and eBay)