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Architecture and the Photo Studio

by Diane DeBlois
The expanding popularity of inexpensive photographic portraits of the “cabinet” size (4.25 x 6.5 inches) in the 1880s and 1890s increased competition among photographers. The printed backs of the portrait card offered a prime venue for advertising; not just text but often an architectural rendering of the photographer’s studio. For…

Horse Trading in New Hampshire 1824

by Diane DeBlois
A sealed packet of depositions taken at Andover, New Hampshire July 17, 1824, unfolded one of those narratives that was differently ‘colored’ for each correspondent. (Illustrations 1 and 2) Illustration 1 Illustration 2 The Justice of the Peace, Samuel Kimball, had subpoenaed eight men to appear in Andover - all…

On Her Mark!

by Cindy Dick
Women's Sport Trade and Trading Cards My collection specializes in women’s sports trading cards that were printed pre-1972 and were published close to the time that the athlete competed. I have been collecting since 1992 and have amassed a collection of nearly 1,300 international cards. Shown here are select cards…

Ephemera Crossword

by Ephemera Society of America
An Ephemera Crossword Ephemera are vintage printed or written items which originally served some specific purpose. These items were not expected to be retained or preserved. Many of these items are now cherished. A few decades ago much of it was called “Paper Americana”, though ephemera is not necessarily American.…

Happy Ruby Anniversary

by Diane DeBlois
1980 to 2020 Ruby-red is a color at the end of the color spectrum (next to orange): the color of rubies or blood or cherries. 1893 trade card for H.W. Johns paint Red of all hues is a signature color for a wide range of ephemera. Red is the color…