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.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Vintage Easter Greeting Cards

Easter is coming and today I am sharing Madeline's Easter cards:

This is a beautiful oversized card that is mailed in a box.  The basket of flowers is painted on satin fabric that is padded for a beautiful effect.

The loving verse inside the card.

This is the box the card was mailed in on March 23, 1948 at 5 pm.

Here's a cute card shaped like a hat box from Aunt Florence and Uncle George.  (I hope you feel like you know a little about Aunt Florence by now!)  The back of the card is dated "1936".

Two cute cards--a basket of chicks and a card shaped like a bible.

Two cards from her brother Charlie.

Traditional cards of the season.

I really like this pretty little card with violets and musical notes.

This card is actually a little book of Easter poems.  It has beautifully deckled sides and is bound together with a ribbon.

The inside front page with a lovely photo.

The first two verses of "Easter Lilies".  The opposite page tells us that the book was copyrighted in 1889 by D. Lothrop Company.

Another page from this delightful book.

Another little book of verses titled "Easter Hope". 

Two pages from the book.  I love the little drawings!

I hope you enjoyed this peek into Madeline's Easter cards.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

1939 World's Fair Brochures: The Capital Region; Niagara the Unconquered; and New England for your Vacation

This is the last of the batch of brochures I recently rediscovered:

This is a thick booklet on the wonders of the state capital of New York.

It contains many photos and the history of Albany.

A page on schools and education.

Limestone Caverns and Sharon Springs health resorts.

A little hard cover book about Niagara Falls

An aerial view of the Falls


Other great waterfalls

A large paper foldout map of New England to help you plan your vacation.

Interesting item about what is real Yankee cooking.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

1939 World's Fair Brochures: Belgium; Turkey; Alberta, Canada; and Long Island State Parks

I have found more brochures that Madeline picked up when she visited the 1939 World's Fair.

The country of Belgium: 

From the Turkish exhibit:

They were selling liquers!

A travel brochure from Alberta:

I don't get the dinosaur connection.

Beautiful Long Island State Parks:


Monday, March 12, 2012

1939 World's Fair Photos and Hotel New Yorker Brochure

I have posted many times about Madeline's trip to the 1939 World's Fair.  (Use the "search" feature to look for past postings.)  Now I have discovered a few photographs that she took while there.  (Click on photos to enlarge.)

This is Madeline and Aunt Florence on Broadway.  I don't know if this was taken on their World's Fair trip or at another time.  But it's the two of them and it is in NYC.

The Ford Building exhibit

French Pavilion

Italian Pavilian - 3 views

Polish Pavilion

She just labels this one "pavilion"

Street at World's Fair

The cover of the Hotel New Yorker brochure.

Inside cover color map showing the private tunnel that linked the New Yorker to Penn Station.

Map of Manhattan - note the "Silk Stocking District".

Hotel maid demonstrating "PROTECTO-RAY" cleaning machine.

Description of  PROTECTO-RAY machine.

Picture of one of the many hotel parlors

Description of Parlor

I found a few more brochures that I have not posted yet so I will put them together in the next post.