Pep Boys Manny Moe and Jack Matchbook Magnet
These three guys probably play poker with their friends and tease each other. Their wives, I’m sure, make good potato salad, run the house with stern discipline, and are terribly sexy with long gel nails. I am crazy about the Pep Boys’ little white suits and their rounded legs.
Apparently this company was founded in 1921 by 4 guys, Manny, Moe, Moe #2, and Jack who invested $200.00 each; they named their place Pep. My favorite anecdote about this matchbook is that the name “Pep Boys” emerged from cops near their first store telling folks with burnt out headlights to “Go see the Pep boys.”
When we began to source these in China we were living in China, so it was quite easy to look at samples ad nauseum. What we found is that the majority of commercially made magnets are of very weak quality: the images were not sharp, the magnets were weak, and the surfaces were easily scratched or bent. So we took several years to develop a PVC magnet that is textured, mimicking the raised enamel of old advertising, full of color, matched with a very powerful magnet and unlikely to fade or scratch.
For all of our magnets we share with you the image of the original matchbook before we edited it for commercial production. I keep a scan of each matchbook in our collection. We have about 4000 matchcovers hand scanned as we collected them. I think it’s interesting to see what the little matchbook looked like when I pulled it out from the pile.
Size: 1 3/4 inches by 2 1/2 inches or 5.8cm by 4.8 cm. All of our matchbook magnets are consistent with size of the original matchbooks but have been modified slightly for ease of production.