Ephemera is a broad term used to describe items of paper that were created for use in a short time span and meant to be thrown away after one or two uses. Items generally put into the ephemera category of collecting would be sheet music, posters, stock certificates, post cards, cigarette cards, magazines, catalogs, and the like.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Valentine or Calling Card?

Is this a Valentine or a calling card? It was in a small envelope with a handwritten note which was faded from age. From what I could make out, the note indicated that the writer would be pleased to spend an afternoon with the recipient. The card is just 2" by 3". Inside the card is written:

Oh, If I fail your heart to move,

And tis not yours to give,

I cannot, will not, cease to love,

But I will cease to live.

Hallmark doesn't make them like that any more.

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