We teamed up with Tenderloin Museum to design and produce this Special Edition pin set of two legendary San Francisco institutions of the past.
Their most recent exhibition "The Tenderloin Match Book: Historical Ephemera Project" and newly released book "The Match Book: Vintage Matchbooks from San Francisco’s Tenderloin" highlight vintage matchbook art of San Francisco from the 1920-50's.
We were able to comb through the matchbook collection and choose two iconic institutions for reference. The "Why Not" was the first dedicated leather bar in San Francisco and opened briefly in 1962. The "Music Box" also known as "The most beautiful nite club in america" was a nightclub and burlesque hall founded by the famous dancer Sally Rand in 1936. The building currently houses the "Great American Music Hall".
In many cases, the matchbooks are the only evidence we have that the businesses—and the character they lent to the community—existed. Own a piece of San Francisco history.
Limited Edition enamel pins
"Why Not" is 1.75 inches, dyed pink metal, 1 color fill "Music Box" is 1.75 inches, dyed purple metal, 5 color fill
Soft enamel with two rubber clutches on the back to prevent spinning.