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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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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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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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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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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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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So Much “Stuff”, So Little Time


March 3, 2016 by Dick Sheaff


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


February 29, 2016 by Sarah Ashlock

Zweiber recto

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


February 26, 2016 by Dick Sheaff


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


February 18, 2016 by Dick Sheaff


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