Railroad Hand Cars

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December 29, 2014 by Dick Sheaff

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  Three-wheel and four-wheel handcars were—and are—work vehicles which have long had great appeal to popular imagination (remember that escape …
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Christmas Ephemera – 1890s Chromolithograph Cigar Labels

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December 24, 2014 by SherylJaeger

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I recently had the pleasure of visiting the John and Carolyn Grossman Collection at Winterthur. While reviewing cigar labels I …
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Mt. Washington Cog Railway

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December 17, 2014 by Dick Sheaff

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  I recently came across a sketch I had made back in 1989 for a U.S. postage stamp which I …
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Demonizing Our WWII Enemies

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December 14, 2014 by Dick Sheaff

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The world of printed ephemera reveals something interesting: WWII was the last American war in which demonizing the enemy was …
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Collecting Christmas Shopping Bags

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December 11, 2014 by SherylJaeger

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The following is an article originally published in the Ephemera Journal in 1981 (v1n3: 1981) p. 13. Thought it would …
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A Woman and her Bird

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December 1, 2014 by Dick Sheaff

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One thing I find interesting to look for is various different usages of the same “mortised stock cut”. Stock cuts …
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Wacky Victorian Imagery

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November 18, 2014 by Dick Sheaff

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By and large, many folks think of the Victorian Era as a period of straight-laced, repressed conformity. But it was not, …
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Crackers can be just brilliant!

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November 9, 2014 by Dick Sheaff

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    British crate labels can be a visual playground, as they suggest that crackers can make young and old feel …
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2014 Victorian ??

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November 9, 2014 by Dick Sheaff

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Much to the delight of we collectors of vintage paper and design, an increasing number of designers, artists and craftspeople …
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19th Century “Cat in the Hat”?

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October 10, 2014 by Dick Sheaff

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      By Dick Sheaff   I recently came across an otherwise forgettable stock trade card that immediately put …
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