RO85b L. Frank Louisiana Matches, New Orleans (Copy)
According to the Boston Revenue Book, this stamp die was ordered June 29th, 1875 by L. Frank, Agent of the Louisiana Match Manufacturing Co. of New Orleans, La.” However, the New Orleans directory lists one Simon Frank as agent of the firm and no mention of L. Frank is to be found in any connection. Perhaps L. Frank was the original agent and was replaced by Simon Frank prior to the compilation of the directory, or, conversely, L. Frank may have succeeded Simon Frank after the directory appeared. An essay of this design is said to exist with the name given as “S. Frank”. It is one of the very few match stamps printed, in brown, and also one of the few used in the South.