‘Articles’ Category

  1. Knock Me Your Lobes


    May 18, 2016 by Dick Sheaff


    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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  2. Fresh Items


    May 12, 2016 by admin


      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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  3. Old Glory


    May 5, 2016 by Dick Sheaff


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


    April 25, 2016 by Dick Sheaff


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


    April 18, 2016 by Dick Sheaff


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


    April 8, 2016 by Dick Sheaff


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


    March 30, 2016 by Dick Sheaff


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


    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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  9. The fight for the soul of the Republican Party, 1912 edition


    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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  10. Of Paper Americana and Philaphemerists


    March 10, 2016 by Dick Sheaff


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