The Weird and Occasionally WTF World of Matchbox ArtS

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 ArtS

Disco Fever (Japan)

The Weird and Occasionally WTF World of Matchbox Art

Shadow Figures (China)

The Weird and Occasionally WTF World of Matchbox ArtS

The Dadaist Pegasus (India)

The Weird and Occasionally WTF World of Matchbox ArtS

The Rocket from Mecca (Saudi Arabia)

The Weird and Occasionally WTF World of Matchbox ArtS

Cute Platypus (India, c. 1930)

The Weird and Occasionally WTF World of Matchbox ArtS

Old Japanese labels

The Weird and Occasionally WTF World of Matchbox ArtS

The Weird and Occasionally WTF World of Matchbox ArtS

The Tiger Attacks and Leaf Cutter (Sweden)

The Weird and Occasionally WTF World of Matchbox ArtS

Non-poisonous and non glowing Aeroplane (Sweden)

The Weird and Occasionally WTF World of Matchbox ArtS

Camera Matches (Japan)

The Weird and Occasionally WTF World of Matchbox ArtS

Smoking Joker Monkeys (India)

The Weird and Occasionally WTF World of Matchbox ArtS

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 ArtS

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

The Weird and Occasionally WTF World of Matchbox ArtS

The Inseparables (Japan, c. 1900)

The Weird and Occasionally WTF World of Matchbox ArtS

The Lip Brand (Japan, c. 1935)

The Weird and Occasionally WTF World of Matchbox ArtS

Heavenly Stage (China, c. 1960)

The Weird and Occasionally WTF World of Matchbox ArtS

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 ArtS

Protection from Fire (Japan, c. 1920)

The Weird and Occasionally WTF World of Matchbox ArtS

Air Light (Netherlands, c. 1935)

The Weird and Occasionally WTF World of Matchbox ArtS

Hero (India, c. 1970)

The Weird and Occasionally WTF World of Matchbox ArtS

Goldeneye (India, c. 1970)

The Weird and Occasionally WTF World of Matchbox ArtS

Disco Art (Germany, c. 1975)

The Weird and Occasionally WTF World of Matchbox ArtS

Batman and Superman (China)

The Weird and Occasionally WTF World of Matchbox ArtS

Milk or Alcohol (Bulgaria)

The Weird and Occasionally WTF World of Matchbox ArtS

Gandhi (Japan)

The Weird and Occasionally WTF World of Matchbox ArtS

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

The Weird and Occasionally WTF World of Matchbox ArtS

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

The Weird and Occasionally WTF World of Matchbox ArtS

The Weird and Occasionally WTF World of Matchbox ArtS

The Tiger safety matches (Sweden)

The Weird and Occasionally WTF World of Matchbox ArtS

Robot Brand (Japan)

The Weird and Occasionally WTF World of Matchbox ArtS

Cockfight (Sweden)

The Weird and Occasionally WTF World of Matchbox ArtS

Superior safety matches (Japan)

The Weird and Occasionally WTF World of Matchbox ArtS

Grumpy Cat (Sivakasi, India)

The Weird and Occasionally WTF World of Matchbox ArtS

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 ArtS

Tjap Karbo (Sweden)

The Weird and Occasionally WTF World of Matchbox ArtS

This Match Speaks For Itself (Sweden)

The Weird and Occasionally WTF World of Matchbox ArtS

The Crocodile and The Duel (India)

The Weird and Occasionally WTF World of Matchbox Art

The Weird and Occasionally WTF World of Matchbox ArtS

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

The Weird and Occasionally WTF World of Matchbox ArtS

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

The Weird and Occasionally WTF World of Matchbox ArtS

Gotham Gold Stripe Stockings (USA)

The Weird and Occasionally WTF World of Matchbox ArtS

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

The Weird and Occasionally WTF World of Matchbox ArtS

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 ArtS

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

The Weird and Occasionally WTF World of Matchbox ArtS

The Weird and Occasionally WTF World of Matchbox ArtS

Adam Hats – They're Smart! (USA)

The Weird and Occasionally WTF World of Matchbox ArtS

Soviet Union's Luna 2 (1959, USSR)

The Weird and Occasionally WTF World of Matchbox ArtS

The Weird and Occasionally WTF World of Matchbox ArtS

Wildfire and Fire Prevention ads (USSR, now Lithuania)

The Weird and Occasionally WTF World of Matchbox ArtS

The Weird and Occasionally WTF World of Matchbox ArtS

Anti-drinking ads (Czechoslovakia)

The Weird and Occasionally WTF World of Matchbox ArtS

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

The Weird and Occasionally WTF World of Matchbox ArtS

The Weird and Occasionally WTF World of Matchbox ArtS

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 ArtS

(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)