Every matchbox needs a little decoration on the outside. But sometimes package designers go the extra mile to make your moment with fire a truly trippy experience. Here are some of the weirdest matchboxes we've ever seen.

The King Kong above is from Japan, and produced in the early 1930s.

The Iron (Japan, c. 1935)

Disco Fever (Japan)

Shadow Figures (China)

Advertisement

The Dadaist Pegasus (India)

The Rocket from Mecca (Saudi Arabia)

Advertisement

Cute Platypus (India, c. 1930)

Old Japanese labels

Advertisement

The Tiger Attacks and Leaf Cutter (Sweden)

Advertisement

Non-poisonous and non glowing Aeroplane (Sweden)

Camera Matches (Japan)

Advertisement

Smoking Joker Monkeys (India)

The Magic Square (England, c. 1930)

Advertisement

Metro (Hungary, 1970)

Look at me, I'm wearing the Earth now (Japan, c. 1910)

Advertisement

The Inseparables (Japan, c. 1900)

The Lip Brand (Japan, c. 1935)

Advertisement

Heavenly Stage (China, c. 1960)

A smoking Daft Punk member (Belgium, c. 1950)

Advertisement

The Juggler Matches (Japan, c. 1920)

Protection from Fire (Japan, c. 1920)

Advertisement

Air Light (Netherlands, c. 1935)

Hero (India, c. 1970)

Advertisement

Goldeneye (India, c. 1970)

Disco Art (Germany, c. 1975)

Advertisement

Batman and Superman (China)

Milk or Alcohol (Bulgaria)

Advertisement

Gandhi (Japan)

How does it happen? (Japan, c. 1910)

Advertisement

Space themed matches by the Dutch EDAH supermarket (Netherlands, 1966)

Advertisement

The Tiger safety matches (Sweden)

Robot Brand (Japan)

Advertisement

Cockfight (Sweden)

Superior safety matches (Japan)

Advertisement

Grumpy Cat (Sivakasi, India)

Impregnated Snail (Jönköping, Sweden)

Advertisement

Non-poisonous Searchlight (UK)

Tjap Karbo (Sweden)

Advertisement

This Match Speaks For Itself (Sweden)

The Crocodile and The Duel (India)

Advertisement

U.S.S Hyman or DD-732 (USA)

Advertisement

"Don't Drink Water, Drink Beer" from Frank's Beverage Center, Glen Cove, New York (USA)

Gotham Gold Stripe Stockings (USA)

Advertisement

A Pannonia ad from Csepel Motorcycles (1950s, Hungary)

Miniature reduction of an old Berliner Zeitung cover on a matchbox celebrating that the magazine turned 100 years old. (Germany)

Advertisement

Are you thirsty for a crime movie? Or you want to relax all night long? This beer helps you. (Germany)

Robur truck factory ads (1960s and 1970s, East Germany)

Advertisement

Adam Hats – They're Smart! (USA)

Advertisement

Soviet Union's Luna 2 (1959, USSR)

Advertisement

Wildfire and Fire Prevention ads (USSR, now Lithuania)

Advertisement

Anti-drinking ads (Czechoslovakia)

Ads of the Hungarian lightbulb factory Tungsram (1960s, Hungary)

Advertisement

Please report found bombs to local government instead of touching them! (1950s, Hungary)

Advertisement

The Ring (Sweden)

(via wackystuff, little red mail box, David Larson, Ωméga *, Gertie, Curious Objects, flamingturkeywings, Shailesh Chavda, maraid, fedoralounge, The Design Witness, Yutaka Katoh, Patricia M, Arnon Reisman and eBay)

Advertisement