Howard Johnsons Famous Ice Cream Matchbook Magnet (MM69)

This is one of our top 5 covers. The eager boy, the puppy who is dripping ice cream from its muzzle, and the amazing profile on this cover probably combine to make it so. I grew up staying in Howard Johnson’s hotels in Florida as a child. They had yummy breakfasts.  When Howard Johnson the businessman wanna-be began his illustrious career he purchased a drug store and noticed that the majority of his profit emanated from the soda counter.  Then further, he determined that the way to increase this revenue stream was by serving the best ice cream.  Following that line of thought he added a bunch of butterfat to his secret ice cream recipe and viola – everyone is in love with the creamy goodness of Howard Johnson’s.  Later in his career he had this huge stroke of good luck when a play that was running in a prominent theater in Boston got banned for its content, and of course this gave the Eugene O’Neil production loads of PR as it relocated to much less fancy digs, digs that happened to be right near the one and only Howard Johnson’s.  Didn’t take long for the place to be a cool celeb hangout before and after performances.

The image you see is exactly what we used to produce the magnet. (We include 1 free GypsyFaith sticker per order.)

All GypsyFaith magnets are double the strength of a normal refrigerator magnet; this magnet will hold several pieces of paper to a surface without sliding. The surface is textured, so it does not scratch. We developed it over a period of several years with our production partner in China. It took us a long, long time to get to this PVC product. Our intention, as we developed this product, was to make it as durable as our handmade magnet products were when we first began selling them more than 14 years ago.

Images used to make our magnets are scanned at 9600dpi resolution, reduced to 960dpi for production.

SIZE: This magnet is exactly 1.835 x 2.362 inches OR 4.66 x 5.999 cm (It is about the size of the original matchcover.)

PACKAGING: This magnet is packaged in a hard plastic container for retail sale, then we place it into the mailer.

It ships in a hand addressed, postage stamped padded mailer.

*We ship First Class US Mail for our customers domestic and international; for domestic orders the ship time is approximately 7 days. We do not expedite shipping. Cost for shipping, as well as tax, is calculated at checkout.




1.4 oz


10 × .3 × 7.5 in


500 in stock