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, April 23, 2010

Singer Sewing Machine Trading Cards (1892)

This is just one of many old scrapbooks Madeline saved.  I don't know who it actually belonged to, but she once told me that her grandmother Annie used to scrapbook and may be the person responsible for instilling the "need to keep" in Madeline.  Sometimes when I'm in a room where one of these scrapbooks is (they are all over our house), I pick it up and flip through.  Today these Singer Sewing Machine trading cards stood out for me.

The cards are all glued to the page so I cannot see if anything is printed on the back.  However, in my research, I did find that these cards were distributed at the World Columbian Exposition in Chicago, 1893.  This was a set of 36 cards and the back of the card told of the country depicted on front.  The scrapbook contains 34 cards.

1 comment:

  1. Very cool cards. As a sports card collector, I like seeing these non-sports cards... especially sewing machine related cards.
    Like your blog too.