Articles & Interviews

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. ...
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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...
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Your Old Christmas Cards Might Be Worth Serious Money!

Like most vintage items, they are worth some good money given they are still in good condition. But even still... holiday cards aren't the first on our minds! Bags Unlimited encourages preservation materials for ALL...

Ideas for the Beginning Collector

Often the world of collecting is prohibitive to some (or many, depending on the material), because the values of items in particular subject areas are high, and do not tend to trend downward. Collecting...
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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...

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...