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, August 11, 2010

Madeline's Wedding

Madeline and Archer were married on December 17, 1946.  They had only been dating for a few months. The engagement was properly announced in the local newspapers:

The announcement makes it seem that Madeline had done nothing with her life up to this point other than college, when in fact she worked at Paine's Furniture store in Boston.  I love how it says that Archer was well known throughout New England for his distinctive style of decorating.  He was an interior decorator with good taste and we were fortunate to have him decorate our first home at Fort Bragg, NC in 1980. 

The wedding invitation.

Madeline as a bride.

The bride and groom.

Wedding party.

Cutting the cake. 

This is a letter that Archer wrote to Madeline before their wedding.  He was staying with his mother who was quite ill and would pass on before the wedding.  Madeline had asked him what he thought of a certain silverware pattern.  It was very typical of Archer to take control of the event.

This beautiful card is from Archer to Madeline after their engagement dinner.  I'm thankful he sent her so many beautiful cards because now we all get to enjoy them.

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