Dressmaker's Tools I recently came across a stunning example of Victorian “Artistic” decoration, on a dressmaker’s square, a 15″ wide tool. It was registered in 1884 by B. C. Noel, and called “The Parisian Square”. As so often happens in the world of ephemera, this object soon opened new doors to me, and I soon discovered that there are numerous other interesting tools used for dressmaking and other activities.Read more →
Arabesques and Circle Eights Roller skating is a subject which offers 200+ years of ephemera to collect and/or study. The first appearance of skates with wheels is said to have occurred on stage in London in 1743. Over the next 50 years or so, many different sorts of skates were devised, with the activity’s popularity really beginning to catch on in the mid-1800s.Read more →
THE ROYCROFTERS – THE ROOTS OF PROTEST? Were 20th Century art and antiques the expressions of protest – with Arts & Crafts representing a revulsion to the elaborate styles of the late 19th Century, and Art Deco representing a level of protest elevated even further? A publication purchased recently at a local Public Library Book Sale helps to explain the framework for this thesis, and presents some apparent contradictions.Read more →
The Ephemera Society of America, Inc. is a non-profit organization formed in 1980 to cultivate and encourage interest in ephemera and the history identified with it; to further the understanding, appreciation, and enjoyment of ephemera by people of all ages, backgrounds, and levels of interest; to promote the personal and institutional collection, preservation, exhibition, and research of ephemeral materials; to serve as a link among collectors, dealers, institutions, and scholars; and to contribute to the cultural life of those who have an interest in our heritage as a nation or a people, both nationally and internationally.
The Society sponsors an annual convention that includes seminars, exhibitions, a superb ephemera show and sale, workshops, collector forums, and other conference events.
The Society's Web site — www.ephemerasociety.org — connects with thousands of visitors seeking information about ephemera, provides contacts with other collectors and ephemera-related businesses, and includes notices of Society events.
All members-—individuals, libraries, corporations, colleges, historical societies, and museums—receive The Ephemera Journal, a 32-page four color publication published three times a year; an annual Membership Directory; the eNews, and special admission to Society-sponsored functions.
Members also enjoy the camaraderie and shared interests of fellow ephemerists.
Mission of the Society and its Members
- - To cultivate and encourage interest in ephemera and the history identified with it
- - To further the understanding, appreciation, and enjoyment of ephemera by people of all ages, backgrounds, and levels of interest
- - To promote the personal and institutional collection, preservation, exhibition, and research of ephemeral materials
- - To serve as a link among collectors, dealers, institutions, and scholars
- - To contribute to the cultural life of those who have an interest in our heritage as a nation or a people, both nationally and internationally
Commitment of the Society and its Board
- - To conduct the affairs of the Ephemera Society according to the highest professional and ethical standards
- - To strive to be recognized for excellence
- - To value and develop our membership
- - To manage our finances prudently
The Ephemera Society of America is a non-profit organization linking collectors, dealers, scholars, museum curators, publishers and others.
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2015 Ephemera Society of America: Philip Jones Fellowship Announcement The Ephemera Society of America invites applications for the Philip Jones Fellowship for the Study of Ephemera. This competition, now in its sixth year, is open to any interested individual or organization for the study of any aspect of ephemera, defined as minor (and sometimes major) everyday documents intended for one-time or short-term use.Learn more →
Online Index of Ephemera News and Ephemera Journal A complete online Index of Ephemera News lists more than 1,600 entries, some of them containing dozens of individual references.Research now →
Each collector does things differently Thinking it might be of widespread interest for individual collectors to describe just how each approaches collecting, the Ephemera Society has initiated this column, as a forum for participation.Read more →