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personalized matchbook
Matchbook, Owney Madden
Date: ca 1935
Dimensions: 2 x 3 in. (5.1 x 7.6 cm)
Medium: paper and sulfur
Credit Line: Old State House Museum Collection
Description: Owney Madden's Personalized Matchbook. Owen Vincent “Owney” Madden was a gangster and underworld boss in New York City in the 1920s who retired to Hot Springs (Garland County) in the 1930s. Though his role in Arkansas politics and history will forever remain enigmatic, he was a powerful figure (from about 1935 until his death) during the heyday of illegal gambling in Hot Springs and an emblem of the bad old days of machine politics. Courtesy of the Encyclopedia of Arkansas History: http://www.encyclopediaofarkansas.net/encyclopedia/entry-detail.aspx?entryID=1702

Object Number: 2008.201.20