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A Double Coincidence of Wants

From the earliest days of our nation throughout the 19th century and beyond, barter has been a way of life in many times and places, generally when cash money was in short supply. Money was indeed in short supply at many times throughout those decades for a variety of reasons at different times …

Lehigh Valley Tours

We were discouraged by neither the tropical storm warnings nor the twisting back roads of rural Pennsylvania – the two intense days of tours were superb! We had chosen to meet around the Allentown Paper Show (that sprawling cornucopia of the full range of paper collecting, on the same campus as …

Pig Scalders and Such

Back when America was largely an agricultural nation, folks were accustomed to personally processing their crops and their animals into food for the table. As the 19th century moved along and industrialization increasingly created manufactured tools and equipment, farm machinery became a major s…

Those Wild & Wacky Victorians

I am regularly amazed at the reckless abandon of so much Victorian imagery. In an era that has somehow became labeled as staid, convention-bound and repressed, ephemeral evidence often testifies otherwise. Here is an engraved image, in full Aesthetic Movement style, of a hippogriff, a mytholo…

The Mammoth Garland

Perhaps the most spectacular exhibit at the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition held in Chicago was the truly giant replica of a cast-iron stove at the Michigan Stove Company booth, in the Manufactures Building. Constructed and sculpted of painted oak, the huge stove had room underneath to…

Celebrate Thanksgiving with Ephemera!

“If you are really thankful, what do you do? You share.” W. Clement Stone The Ephemera Society of America cultivates an interest in ephemera, and in the spirit of this fine November holiday, we want to wish everyone a happy Thanksgiving. The postcard fad of the …

A Pathetic Letter, 1823

The field of ephemera includes, of course, manuscript material . . . a particularly rich historical and cultural resource. Below is a heart-wrenching personal situation brought to life by a letter mailed on December 15, 1823, and in the personal note to their son folded inside. A father and moth…