Here are some vintage matchbook or matchbox covers for your visual enjoyment. Most of these are from Hungary. I am still looking for some of those wacky Indian examples with a scooter or two.
Handmade out of cotton, sequins and buttons, this little yellow Indian scooter measures 4″L x 3″H and is on sale now for $4 (was $8).
Thanks to Julie G. for this find!
An educational book with a scooter on it? I’m so on it! Just $22.79 at Amazon:
“Renowned author and journalist Sheila McLeod Arnopoulos uses her talent for investigative reporting to take us deep into the poorest villages in India. Yet, far from being passive victims of their circumstances, the women who live there-often illiterate, yet possessing outstanding leadership skills-have joined forces and are making astute use of microcredit to break the cycle of poverty. Microcredit was launched by Bangladeshi economist Muhammad Yunus (for which he won the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize), and consists of very small loans made primarily to women for the production of essential commodities or to start small businesses. Based on a number of trips to India between 2001 and 2008, Arnopoulos shows her sense of solidarity and desire for authenticity by sharing the daily life of these villagers of all different ages. However, the first-person account of her extensive travels-on foot, in a rickshaw, by bus or train-focuses primarily on these women’s inspiring success stories.”
Thanks to Cassie for this find!