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Two match boxes of J Hynam's perfumed fusee matches, London, England, 1840-1880

A fusee is a large headed match (supposedly capable of staying lit in wind and rain) that was commonly used to light cigars and pipes. Fusees were first patented in 1832 and found a ready market due to the growing popularity of pipe and cigar smoking. These examples, made by J Hynam in London, were perfumed and advertised as being “magic”.

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Glossary: smoking

A practice where a substance, most commonly tobacco is burned and the smoke inhaled. It is currently practiced by over one billion people worldwide (2008)

Glossary: match box

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