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These vintage drag and gay nightclub matchbook covers are, well, FIRE

The website Dangerous Minds is consistently a treasure trove of obscure and fascinating artifacts; a trend that continues with their recent collection of vintage matchbooks highlighting gay bars, drag queens, and cabaret stars from days of yore.

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From the old-school matchbook for Toronto’s The Barn (pictured above, and owing more than a little to Tom of Finland) and Kansas City’s The Jewel Box Lounge (highlighting a bevy of female impersonators) these examples are hypnotic and transporting; totems from a bygone era that effortlessly bring “you both affectionate sentiment and practical service,” as the copy on matchbook proudly boasts.

Personal fave: The matchbook emblazoned with “That was no lady!”

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Take a look: