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Collecting Bottles Illustrated on Ephemera

Or, Digging through paper instead of dirt Like many folks my age, I began collecting ephemera back in the 1960s as a result of being a bottle collector looking for advertising “go-withs”.  I was in college, married, and casting about for a career when the “bottle bug” struck.  As a…

From Society Balls to Buffalo Tails, Ephemera Traces Grand Duke’s Tour

by Jim Crain
“The Russians are coming! The Russians are coming!” could well have been the chant in 1871 as excited Americans prepared for the arrival of the Grand Duke Alexis and his entourage of Russian dignitaries. For the United States, entertaining royalty from abroad was a rare event, but the Duke was…

Fantastic Monumental World Fair Globes

by Richard Sheaff
Within the period between 1891 and 1903, plans were made to construct two different monstrously huge iron buildings in the shape of the globe, for two different World Fairs. Neither came to pass. The World’s Columbian Exposition (WCE) — also called The Chicago World’s Fair — was held to celebrate…

The Secret Life of Victorian Cards

by Barbara Rusch
Like other forms of mass-produced ephemera cards of all types proliferated with the new technologies of the mid-1800s, allowing for increased social interaction and the regulation of social standards that characterized the Victorian era. As the 19th century progressed, rules of deportment became more rigid, and cards helped define the…

Ephemera Collecting – A Growing Field, Hard to Define

by John C. Dann
In 1980, the Ephemera Society of America came into existence and the first Ephemera Show was held. The organization has prospered and the show has become a widely anticipated fixture of the collecting world. Even the phrase “ephemera,” a somewhat equivocal term used to describe “a thing” essentially indescribable with…