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  1. John Sayers Donates Ocean Liner Collection to John Johnson Collection in the Bodleian Library


    July 12, 2016 by


    John Sayers is a longtime ESA member and a collector of ocean liner ephemera. In an interview with conducted with …
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  2. Smithsonian Archive’s Collection of Artists’ Handwritten Letters


    June 14, 2016 by

    The Smithsonian’s Archives of American Art house that includes incredible handwritten letters. Many of these are by prolific artists. Could you …
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  3. Knock Me Your Lobes


    May 18, 2016 by


    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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  4. Fresh Items


    May 12, 2016 by


      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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  5. Old Glory


    May 5, 2016 by


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


    April 25, 2016 by


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


    April 18, 2016 by


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


    April 8, 2016 by


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


    March 30, 2016 by


    by Dick Sheaff    One prized acquisition at the recent Ephemera Society conference and fair in Greenwich was a trade …
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  10. The Flowering of Color Printing


    March 24, 2016 by

    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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