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Glossary Term: Cabinet Card

More glossary terms When photography was created it was first only used for documentation, a means to an end. The process was solidified with light sensitive materials such as silver plates, collodion, or glass plates....

Attack of the Tacky Postcards!

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...

Interview with a Rare Book Collector

When it comes to books and ephemera, Bags Unlimited has a resident expert, and we're lucky because his book store is right down the street! Not only does Jonathan Smalter write blogs for Collection...

Comparing Magazine Sleeves

 In “This or That” we compare Polypropylene Magazine Sleeves (SPPMAGR) vs. Polyethylene Magazine Sleeves (SMAG3R). The common characteristics are the size (8-5/8 x 11-1/8), both have a resealable flap with the reseal tape located...

Glossary Term: First Edition

The first edition of a book is the first commercially distributed version of a book, which also refers to the first printing of that work. To identify the first edition often publishers state “first edition”...

Tips for Attending or Exhibiting at Trade Fairs

Click here for more blogs by Jonathan Smalter In my last post, I promised that my next piece would focus on trade fairs, both from a customer standpoint, and an exhibitor’s perspective. These are important...

5 tips for historical research: from uncovering local history to plotting your family tree

Collectors in their own right are historians. Whether they realize it or not, no matter what type of collection they are honing it is a microcosm of society at the time of the collectibles...

Protect Your Ephemera

Whether it's collecting documents for research or holding onto family memento, it's important to have sleeves to preserve them best. Bags Unlimited knows how important these precious items are, fragile and susceptible to wear.  Medium...

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...