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

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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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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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Dartmouth Winter Carnival Posters


February 12, 2016 by Dick Sheaff


    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 by Sarah Ashlock

“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 by Dick Sheaff


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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Digital Ephemera


January 28, 2016 by Sarah Ashlock


What is digital ephemera and how do we save it? Digital ephemera is just that: ephemera that is created in …
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Q: What has egg-shaped eyes and a swelled center?


January 26, 2016 by Dick Sheaff


A: A needle! http://https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ntq8rcB8SJA   Needle booklets are an interesting category of collectible . . . they encompass a wide …
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