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  1. Keep your powder dry!

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    July 22, 2015 by Dick Sheaff

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      For some reason lost in the fog of time, baking powder has usually been packaged in cylindrical cans with …
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  2. All is well on the front lines!

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    July 18, 2015 by Dick Sheaff

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      Every once in a while I come across a particular kind of WWII message-to-the-folks-back-home postcard, a novelty cartoon card …
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  3. Getting the Goat

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    July 11, 2015 by Ephemera Society

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    Written by Moira F. Harris Bock beer, like Pilsen, is said to bear the name of its birth community, with a …
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  4. “Secure the shadow, ere the substance fades”

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    July 9, 2015 by Dick Sheaff

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        “Secure the shadow, ere the substance fades” was one of the earliest advertising slogans used by photographers, as …
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  5. The Ice Man Cometh

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    July 3, 2015 by Dick Sheaff

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      I am ancient enough to well remember the days when goods and services were delivered to the home . …
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  6. Hot Off The Press!

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    June 24, 2015 by Dick Sheaff

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      One of my favorite types of 19th century printed ephemera are small handbills, printed by local job printers, and …
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  7. “Call me!” back in the day

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    June 18, 2015 by Dick Sheaff

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      The 19th century Industrial Revolution brought to the world a host of seemingly miraculous advances . . . photography, …
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  8. Valentines for World War I Soldiers

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    June 18, 2015 by Sarah Ashlock

    World War I Valentines

    Ephemera can really make your heart swoon! Sandra Stelts, Curator of Rare Books and Manuscripts at the Pennsylvania State University Libraries, has written …
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  9. Spotlight on Ephemera Research: Mertz Library

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    June 16, 2015 by Sarah Ashlock

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    As you tend to your garden beneath the June sun, you may wonder about the generations before you who did the very same thing. What …
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  10. Mining Nuggets Buried in the Fog of Time

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    May 30, 2015 by Dick Sheaff

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      The cultural past as codified in history books might be likened to the bare, standing steel framework of a …
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