Articles & Interviews

Is This Real?

By Jonathan Smalter No matter what subject areas or media your collection focuses on, you will sometimes (and probably quite often) have a need to authenticate some aspect of an item...

HOLIDAY-THEMED EPHEMERA

By Jonathan Smalter A popular area in ephemera collecting is holiday-themed items. It is relatively easy to get started collecting this sort of thing, because there are so many available examples, and...

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Interfoliata: a look between the pages

More blogs by Jonathan Smalter I promised in an earlier post that I would revisit the term ‘interfoliata,’ and being a man of my word, I offer you the...

Cards of the past that would NOT fly today!

This article comes from Daily Mail Collected items show the trends, interests and thought processes of people in the past. One of the more documented times is Christmas. In...

Christmas Card Memories

It’s the holiday season! How about some memories of Christmas cards. In 1611 the first recorded Christmas card was sent from Michael Maier to James the First of England...

Digitizing the Barnum Museum Gallery After Disaster Hits

With time, all documents, photos and memorabilia fades, ages, disintegrates and loses it's original look. That already is a natural process but add a natural disaster and your chances of losing history gets even greater. ...
gold rush

This Week in History: 1858 There’s gold in this collection of early B.C. ephemera

People sometimes wonder why they collect ephemeral items like billheads, maps, broadsides, and timetables – other than loving history. This article gives us some very clear insight into another reason – 45 pieces of...

Ephemera Collection Protection Tips

What's so wonderful about a photograph is that looking at it, unless you were there, it will always be out of context, something new to feast your eyes on. Images can transport us to different decades, lifestyles and experiences. We can go to Paris and see the Eiffel Tower, pin up our favorite celebrities and now we can go...