Write on, Brother!

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December 18, 2015 by Dick Sheaff

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One aspect of collecting manuscript material and/or postal history is the challenge of deciphering vintage handwriting. But there is also …
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A Pathetic Letter, 1823

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December 10, 2015 by Dick Sheaff

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The field of ephemera includes, of course, manuscript material . . . a particularly rich historical and cultural resource. Below …
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As Trade Cards Morphed Into Postcards

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December 9, 2015 by Dick Sheaff

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  Trade cards were a late 19th century phenomenon, and postcards were an early 20th century craze. In the period …
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The Royal Game of the Goose

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December 5, 2015 by Sarah Ashlock

The Royal Game of the Goose

The Grolier Club is hosting, February 14 to May 14, an exhibit from the collection of Adrian Seville, one of …
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A picture is worth . . .

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December 5, 2015 by Dick Sheaff

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Celebrate Thanksgiving with Ephemera!

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November 26, 2015 by Sarah Ashlock

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“If you are really thankful, what do you do? You share.” ― W. Clement Stone The Ephemera Society of America cultivates an …
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Of Gobblers and Groaning Boards

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November 25, 2015 by Dick Sheaff

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                                                Happy Turkey Day!  


The Mammoth Garland

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November 19, 2015 by Dick Sheaff

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    Perhaps the most spectacular exhibit at the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition held in Chicago was the truly giant …
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Those wild & wacky Victorians

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November 14, 2015 by Dick Sheaff

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  I am regularly amazed at the reckless abandon of so much Victorian imagery. In an era that has somehow …
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Pig scalders and such

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November 9, 2015 by Dick Sheaff

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    Back when America was largely an agricultural nation, folks were accustomed to personally processing their crops and their …
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