Knock Me Your Lobes

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May 18, 2016 by Dick Sheaff

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The Incomparable Jim Flora Artist and commercial illustrator Jim Flora (1914-1998) had one of the most wildly imaginative twentieth century …
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Fresh Items

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May 12, 2016 by admin

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  This ephemera world of ours is just chock-full of interesting stuff. Here are some things I’ve recently come across. …
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Old Glory

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May 5, 2016 by Dick Sheaff

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    At this year’s March conference in Greenwich, I exhibited a presentation of an “Old Glory” booklet which I …
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Strange Trains

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April 25, 2016 by Dick Sheaff

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        Though both my father and his father worked for the Boston & Maine Railroad for their …
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Simple Little Black & White Clues

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April 18, 2016 by Dick Sheaff

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  The humble small, vintage business card . . . often type only, often printed letterpress, often on coated stock, …
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The Future Foretold

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April 8, 2016 by Dick Sheaff

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    As the nineteenth century drew to close, it became popular to predict in print what life might possibly …
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Die-stamped Wooden Trade Card

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March 30, 2016 by Dick Sheaff

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    One prized acquisition at the recent Ephemera Society conference and fair in Greenwich was a trade card, apparently …
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The Flowering of Color Printing

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March 24, 2016 by Sarah Ashlock

Even eye-catching trade cards like these were created for temporary use and expected to be discarded. However, the combination of attractive images printed in full color and a clever marketing strategy to issue cards in sets made them irresistible to collect and save. Mignonette, Dahlia, Phlox, trade cards, 1888, unidentified printer, color lithograph on paper, 4¾” x 3”. Gift of Jay T. Last. The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens.

by Dave Mihaly, originally posted on The Huntington’s blog In “The Artist’s Garden: American Impressionism and the Garden Movement, 1887–1920”—the exhibition on …
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The fight for the soul of the Republican Party, 1912 edition

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March 11, 2016 by Sarah Ashlock

By Linda Ocasio This collage, assembled on the back of a postcard postmarked May 17, 1912, is a snapshot of the …
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Of Paper Americana and Philaphemerists

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March 10, 2016 by Dick Sheaff

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  I have come to look at many collecting areas as parts of a cohesive whole, rather than a list …
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