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.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

1939 World's Fair: USSR Exhibit Brochure

This was an interesting brochure to read.  Did you know the exhibition in the USSR Pavilion included the life-size copy of the interior of Mayakovskaya station of the Moscow Metro. Designer of the station, Alexey Dushkin, was awarded Grand Prize of the 1939 New York World's Fair.   Here is a photo from the exhibit:

And here is the entire brochure:


  1. Interesting from a propaganda angle, knowing that Uncle Joe Stalin had put several million of his people in the ground by this time.

  2. Such a wonderful idea, yet so very naive and counter to human nature.