The Book

Stylish buildings, trendy logos, sexy figures, exotic cultures, modern forms, flamboyant fonts and more — explore Yeo Hong Eng’s “lit” collection of vintage advertising that fits on a palm!

With its rectangular and pocket-friendly form, matchboxes plastered with advertisements once offered an affordable and portable means of marketing. This collection of over 350 covers from Singapore—each reproduced true to size—captures the city-state’s colourful modernisation during the 1970s to 1990s. An accompanying essay on the history of matchbox production in Singapore along with seven curated themes reveals the many meanings and cultures emblazoned on each design.

The Author

Co-published by In Plain Words and Temporary Press for the Singapore Graphic Archives (

Essays by Justin Zhuang and Gideon Kong

Collection by Yeo Hong Eng

FormatSoftcover, 400 pages, English Book
Publication Date2022
PublisherIn Plain Words and Temporary Press
Publication CitySingapore
Edition SizeFirst Edition of 500
Dimension110 x 75 x 25 mm


PrinterAllegro Print

110 x 75 x 25 mm1S$ 45.00
2S$ 90.00
4S$ 180.00
6S$ 270.00
8S$ 360.00
10S$ 450.00

Crafting your tool

Total : S$ 45.00
Estimated Total : S$ 45.00