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the collecting of matchbox labels and booklets, including special series put out especially for collectors. Phillumeny evolved soon after the appearance of matches in the mid-19th century. Phillumenists usually maintain collections according to the themes of the illustrations on the matchbox labels. The hobby is not systematically organized, as the design of these pictures is not subject to specific regulations; the items are put out under the authority of local state and economic organs in socialist countries and are privately produced in capitalist countries.