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.
We took a little trip last weekend to pick up the last load of "Madeline's Memories". My brother-in-law was graciously storing this last load at his home since April. It was a little sad for me to know that this is the last time we will bring her memories to our home, but it's also probably a good thing, as we are beginning to run out of space to store it all! Here are some photos of the treasures which will show up here in 2011.
A silver punch bowl full of old letters and photos.
The punch bowl sitting on my father-in-law's Washington & Lee chair.
That's a 48 star flag in a box containing an old metal doll house. (I have to put it together!)
I've nicknamed this guy "Ebenezer" because we don't know who he is (yet!).
A great old wood crate and another family bible.
A great old table with bowl and pitcher. We put a plant in the bowl.
This rocking chair was in what was called "the best living room", which we only gathered in on Christmas to open presents. I always thought it was stiff and uncomfortable, but now it's in our family room and I'm starting to like it a lot.
A photo of her father's chicken farm, with sign.
I want to wish all readers of Madelines Memories a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. When it's all over, I'll be back on a regular basis. I'm planning to start 2011 with one of Madeline's diaries. They may have to have a blog of their own.
In honor of receiving our first Christmas card yesterday, from our good friend Edward Jones, I pulled out my folder of Christmas cards from Madeline's memories. Greeting cards are the only category that I have an organization/storage system for. That is number one on my New Year's Resolution List: to organize all of Madeline's memories. I hope you enjoy these old cards, mostly from the 40's and 50's.
Inside of the bunny card. I thought it was funny to use bunnies for Christmas!
Verse inside. I love how sentimental it is. And didn't my father-in-law have beautiful handwriting?
Back of the card. So sweet!
Some cards never change. I think this captures Christmas.
A Christmas telegram from her parents and younger brother.