The Flowering of Color Printing


March 24, 2016

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 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


  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


  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

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


    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


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


February 12, 2016


    Dartmouth’s annual Winter Carnival has been a major celebration since 1911. It is a long weekend filled with ski …
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The Valentine – A Tribute to Love


February 10, 2016

“Maria French” Envelope: 
The lace treasure was preserved, carefully enclosed within the famous Romeo and Juliette envelope.  Printed here in red, white and blue, it was also found in  green and red. Factory Point, Vermont,  now known as Manchester , happens to be the  location of Hildene, the former summer home of  Robert Todd Lincoln,  eldest son of Abraham Lincoln and Mary Todd Lincoln. [5”x7”]

Nancy Rosin is the President Emerita of the Ephemera Society of America and the President of the National Valentine Collectors Association. …
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Junk mail is nothing new.


February 8, 2016


The mid- to late-nineteenth century saw the beginnings of advertising agencies (most, at first, simply placing newspaper ads for their …
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