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.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

1939 World's Fair: Dominican Republic

This is the booklet Madeline picked up at the Dominican Republic exhibit.  I find it fascinating to read through these booklets and read about the history of these countries in 1939.  It teaches us about the progress and initiatives these countries hoped for back then.  Thanks Madeline for collecting them all!


Back cover

The booklet is presented in both English and Spanish. 


This page has Spanish on one side and English on the other.

This is the centerpage of the booklet.  A very nice map of the Dominican Republic and the surrounding countries. 

Interesting article on the sugar industry of the country.

I discovered a wonderful little gem while researching about this exhibit.  It is a paper written in 2000 by Mitchell F. Portnoy about Mineral Day at the 1939 World's Fair.  If you are curious at all about this subject it is well worth a few minutes of your time to look at this paper.  He gives lots of information about the many exhibits I have posted about previously in my blog.  Click on "paper" to take you there.  Can't wait to see what I will pull out of the box next!


  1. I'm a PhD student studying the history and culture of the Dominican Republic. Thanks so much for posting these images.

  2. I am a PhD student studying the history and culture of the Dominican Republic. Thank you so much for posting these interesting photos.