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Charles Dickens Manuscript Surfaces

by John G. Sayers
I was asked by an acquaintance to review a hoard of miscellaneous ephemera that they had been given by a downsizing friend. I discovered that there was a Charles Dickens First Edition apparently published in 1934! The book itself wasn’t in my friend’s archive. But there was a six-panel single-sheet…

Following the Breadcrumbs . . .

by Richard Sheaff
I recently bought a card on eBay primarily because it showed a whale, and I collect 19th-century trade cards and letterheads which feature whale images. Once it arrived, I realized there must be an interesting story behind the image and the card. The card promotes the Nautilus Dining Room on…

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…