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  1. Over The Top

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    May 16, 2015 by Dick Sheaff

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    One of the basic human needs is to have a roof overhead to protect from rain, sleet, snow, high winds …
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  2. “I dreamed I saw the silver space ships flying . . .”

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    May 8, 2015 by Dick Sheaff

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          Songwriter Neil Young, like many of us, grew up during intense worldwide fascination with rockets and satellites and …
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  3. Marbled Edge Continental Currency Challenged British Counterfeiting

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    May 7, 2015 by MaryBeth

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    By Steve Swain   Early American paper money is separated into two categories: colonial currency, issued by the individual colonies …
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  4. Greetings from “Over There”

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    April 25, 2015 by Dick Sheaff

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      Holiday and other greeting cards in the United States developed throughout the 19th century, but by the first decade …
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  5. Scratching the Surface

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    April 17, 2015 by Dick Sheaff

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    So many kinds of interesting ephemera, so little time. I find match scratchers, a useful thing to have on hand …
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  6. Yankee Peddler

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    April 9, 2015 by Dick Sheaff

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          In an earlier blog, I made the point that the “separate hobbies” of collecting paper, stamps, postal …
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  7. A Towering Eyeful

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    April 2, 2015 by Dick Sheaff

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    The Eiffel Tower in Paris celebrated its 125th anniversary in 2104. Built in 1889, the Eiffel Tower served as the entryway …
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  8. We Are All One

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    March 27, 2015 by Dick Sheaff

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    To make a personal long long story very very short, I was a stamp collector before I was an ephemera …
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  9. Split Fountain Printing

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    March 12, 2015 by Dick Sheaff

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      Split fountain printing is a time-honored technique for printing in two or several colors in one pass. It was …
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  10. Stretching the Truth

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    March 2, 2015 by Dick Sheaff

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      Exaggeration abounded in mid- to late-nineteenth century imagery, for comic effect and/or to emphasize product features. One oft-repeated graphic, …
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