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The Centenary of the Friction Match


EXACTLY a hundred years ago next Thursday, EJohn Walker, pharmacist of Stockton-onTees, recorded in his Day-Book the first credit sale of his newly-invented ‘Friction Lights,’ which were indisputably the first practical and useful friction matches. This historic record was as follows: “Die Saturni Apr. 7th 1827 No. 30 Mr. Hixon Sulphurata Hyperoxygenata Frict. 100 Tin Case 2d. 1. 2.”


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BONE, W. The Centenary of the Friction Match. Nature 119, 495–496 (1927).

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