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, July 29, 2011

Keene High School

I am always happy to see new followers to Madeline's Memories and love to get an email from someone who has seen the blog and enjoyed and appreciated what Madeline saved.  I was thrilled to receive an email from one of Madeline's classmates from Keene High School, class of 1940.  I cleaned my office the other day and there under a stack of items were two scrapbooks and some framed photos of Madeline's high school days. 

This post is for you, Rosanne.  Hope you enjoy the trip down memory lane! (As always, click on pics to enlarge.)

The program from the baccalaureate service held on June 9, 1940.

Senior Class Banquet program - 1940.  It may be a little hard to read the light printing, but I love the motto "Let's eat drink and be merry".  I was also intrigued by the entertainment acts, especially the Washboard Swingband and Acrobatic Act.  Looks like it was a fun time!

Dance card announcement

from the playbook for Elizabeth the Queen

Another playbook and a concert program.

Article about the prom and a pic of Madeline's home room.

Most of the scrapbook was devoted to football games, with some basketball games as well.  I don't know if this accounting is accurate or just wishful thinking on her part.  She saved every article about every game, it seems.

I found 3 framed team photos with the scrapbooks. 

The football team

I apologize for the glare, but I did not want to remove them from their frames.

Sadly, I found this in the scrapbook.  And this:

This is the cover of the second scrapbook which contains her schoolwork--history outlines, geography maps, and english assignments.  She kept it all!  To close this post about Keene High School, here is the Graduation Program for 1940:

I hope you enjoyed this look at high school in 1940.  I really enjoyed this one.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

1939 World's Fair & National Building Museum

I have posted many times about Madeline's trip to the 1939 World's Fair in New York.  (Use the search feature to catch up on the posts about all the booklets she picked up while she was there.)  As I was reading today's Washington Post Arts Section, I noticed an article about an exhibit at the National Building Museum which features General Motors' "Highways and Horizons" exhibit.  You can read the Post article here.   To see an old film about what General Motors thought the future would hold for cars and highways, here is the original post I did in April 2010. 

Saturday, July 23, 2011

The Cozy Book of Mother Goose

This colorfully illustrated book was published in 1926 by Whitman Publishing Company. 

I love illustrations of animals dressed and acting like real people!

The color illustrations in the book were done by Ray Gleason.  A quick Google of his name tells me that he illustrated a lot of books.

The black and white illustrations and hand lettering were done by Earnest Vetsch.  He also illustrated a lot of books.  I love the hand lettering in this little book.  It reminds me of Susan Branch's books and cookbooks.  (Did you know that Susan has a blog now?  It is fabulous!!  Go and check it out right now.

I would pick a puppy any day, too!

My mother used to bounce me on her knee and sing "To Market, To Market".

Don't know what to make of "Little Tom Twig".  That's one I hadn't heard before.

Love the border on the Humpty Dumpty page.

I was Little Bo Peep for Halloween one year.

The end! 

Monday, July 11, 2011

Madeline's Honeymoon

In an earlier posting I shared photos and newspaper clippings of Madeline's wedding.  Now we'll see where she honeymooned and what important artifacts she decided to keep as memories of the trip.

The newspaper article about the big day.  And here are some of their wedding gift cards:

One of the hotels they stayed in was the Penn Harris Hotel.  Here's the bill to prove it:

The name is spelled wrong, but at $6.60 a night I guess you don't complain!  Let's see what else she has to prove they were there -

The needle is missing, but the thread is still there.  Actually I'll cut her slack on this one.  I usually pick up the sewing kit at a hotel today because it's handy to have one in each room in case you need to sew on a lost button.  Here is the back cover.  It's actually very artsy:

She also kept the stationery and envelope:

The hotel comment card:

Luggage tags:

And this:

Only Madeline would save the soap cover!

This is the cover of a very nice map of PA from the PA Hotels Association.

The back cover, discussing post war life and travel.

A little booklet about the tavern at the hotel.

Back cover - the booklet tells the history of the tavern and surrounding area.

If I ever come across any photos from this trip I will be sure to add them to this post.  Hope you enjoyed coming along for the ride!