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.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Duke and Duchess of Windsor

In light of the recent British Royal scandel with dear Fergie, today's post is a magazine detailing the love affair of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor.  I could not find a date on the publication, but it is 32 pages.  It does not so much report facts on the subject, but speculates on how life is for the couple.  An interesting fact is that in 1936 "Time" magazine named Wallace Simpson the first Woman of the Year.   Here are a few pages for you to enjoy:

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

More Memories from Madeline

This past weekend we cleaned out Madeline's home.  My son spent all day Friday and Saturday in a hot attic that had served as the depository for all unwanted items for over 50 years.  He threw boxes of memories down and we sorted through for treasures.  We had filled a small dumpster on a previous weekend purge of the house and this weekend we filled a much larger one as well.  In my home in 2010 when something in the home loses its value it goes through a filter system:  first down to the storage area, then to the garage, and finally to the dump about six months later.  Pretty logical, I think.  I really don't understand the logic of taking the difficult route of pulling down the attic stairs and lugging the items up, knowing that they will probably stay there forever.  Or until the house is sold, as is the case here.  But that was a different time and I am thankful they saved some items.  Our Town and Country minivan was jam packed with furniture, artwork, books, dishes, and a few boxes of memories, as well as my husband, myself, and our two large dogs.  There are several more boxes of memories being stored at my husband's brother's home until we make our next trip some time this summer.  I have so many memories to share with you that I'm sure I may not get to them all.  Here are a few pics of the weekend:

This is the dumpster we filled.  Most items in the attic were bug infested.

We dressed this gal up with my father-in-law's baby clothes.  Everything was stained.  The poor baby was covered in black (mold?).

This is dated Dec 1896.  I cleaned a little with silver polish, but I like the old patina.

Old pewter sugar and creamer and plate.  Very old.

Old postcards in a frame.

More old postcards, Thanksgiving theme.

This is the inside of the one big box that we could fit in our van this trip.  There are about five more like this.

These are items from our last trip that I am still trying to organize.

So many scrapbooks like this.  The cards are pasted in, however, so it is impossible to scan.

I love this!  Have to find the right place to display it.

I'd better get moving and organize and blog about all this before we retrieve the other boxes!  A big thank you to Andrew who gave up his weekend to help us and who I hope did not pick up any disease in that attic. 

Monday, May 10, 2010

Metropolis Magazine

Metropolis Magazine is still published today.  Here is the link to the April 2010 issue:  http://www.metropolismag.com/cda/magazine.php .  In 1939 they covered the World's Fair in New York City.

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Queen Mary Brochure (World's Fair)

This is a very thick brochure which folds out like a map.  The back cover states that the date of issue was February 1938; reprint of  June, 1937 issue.  Inside are many photos and ship layout plans, most of which are difficult to scan.  Here is a small peek inside:

The middle inside of the brochure is a full color painting of the Queen Mary.  I tried to get as much of the photo as I could:

Maybe Madeline was dreaming of a voyage on the Queen Mary.  Hope you enjoyed going back in time.  As always, click on pics to enlarge.