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The Match

by GS


The match was invented in 1827 by a man named John Walker. John Walker was a British chemist who was out to invent something that provided people with more light. At first, Mr. Walker called the match "friction lights". Unlike today, when match was first invented, it was extremely difficult to light. The match consists of three basic parts. There is the head, which starts the friction, second there is the tinder substance, which transmits the fire to the handle and third, there is the handle in which you hold the match.

Bridgman, Roger. 1000 Inventions and Discoveries. New York City: Dorling Kindersley, 2002. "Match." http://school.eb.com 11 Dec. 2003 <>

Later, in about 1889 a man named Mr. Pusey invented book matches. Mr. Pusey first came up with idea when he was going to an elegant restaurant and he was dressed in his best clothes and everything was great. However, he was carrying a box of matches, which at that time were gargantuan, in his vest pocket. He was very embarrassed because they made his appearance look shabby. This is why he really invented the book matches, because they were compact and much safer than any other match that was invented so far.

"Book Matches." The Great Idea Finder 11 Dec. 2003 www.ideafinder.com

The uses for matches have changes dramatically over the years. For example, when they were invented, they were used to light a fire or a lamp. However, in modern times we use the match for non-essential purposes. The match today is also made differently and in bigger quantities. Today the match is made with phosphorous and potassium chlorate when the match was first invented, it was made with antimony sulfide, potassium, chlorate gum, and starch.

"The History of Matches." http://inventors.about.com 11 Dec. 2003 <> Murphy, Sarah. "Strike Anywhere." . (1989). Retrieved 10 December 2003 #


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