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.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Party Book

Today's treasure is a book of party ideas and games.  The colorful cover caught my eye:

Here is the back cover:

"Everybody's Party Book with Indoor Games" is authored by William P. and Bonita Keasbey.  The book was published in 1931 by Whitman Publishing Co., Racine, WI.

You can see they covered all the major holidays and then some!  Looking through the book I am reminded that 1931 was a much simpler time, with no tvs or computers.  I must be an "old soul" because I can easily imagine playing these games with family and friends.  Of course there is no reason in the world why we can't still play these games today.  Madeline gave her review of the book on the front cover:  "Read it.  It's good!".


  1. I can see you're having a great time going through Madeline's things. Thank you sharing it with all of us.

    The only thing our kids want to do with their time off is computer and electronic games. My husband and I were saying last week, that we grew up in a simpler time. Even though television was available we didn't have one for years and my husband's family never had a tv. We didn't like it then but feel we were better off for it now.

  2. Hi Lori! Are you from Kansas? (Thought the shoes may be a giveaway.) We lived in Leavenworth for 5 years in the late 80's, early 90's. I am loving this! I think I'll pull that book out the next time the family is together, just for kicks.