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Safe and dependable matches were not commonly available until the second decade of the 20th century. Before that, people who needed fire had to use the flint and steel method of making fire or they had to find a way to “borrow” fire from a neighbor. “Striking a fire” was time-consuming and difficult. “Borrowing” was at best unreliable; what would you do it your “borrowed” fire went-out on your way home?

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