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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. So Much “Stuff”, So Little Time

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    March 3, 2016 by Dick Sheaff

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      One of the great joys of collecting ephemera is that each time we go to a paper show or …
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  7. A Little Person Inspires a Big Cover: A Leap Year Curiosity

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    February 29, 2016 by Sarah Ashlock

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    By Nancy Rosin Every fourth year, an extra day in our calendar resynchronizes earthly time with cosmic time, creating what …
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  8. What Did Printers Print?

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    February 26, 2016 by Dick Sheaff

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        Many 19th century promotional cards and advertisements for printing and engraving companies list of the sorts of things …
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  9. TJ Lyons, Boston’s Old-Timey Printer

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    February 18, 2016 by Dick Sheaff

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      From 1924 until his death in 1986, in his 93rd year, Thomas J. Lyons (“TJ”) was a collector of …
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  10. Dartmouth Winter Carnival Posters

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    February 12, 2016 by Dick Sheaff

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        Dartmouth’s annual Winter Carnival has been a major celebration since 1911. It is a long weekend filled with ski …
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