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, May 31, 2012

Dave "Boo" Ferriss - Red Sox Player

Madeline's father went to Red Sox spring training every year in Florida.  I guess he got to know many of the players and one of those was Dave "Boo" Ferriss.  I discovered many letters from Dave to Madeline, from his college years to his days as a Red Sox.  She often talked about their friendship and shared newspaper clippings about him.  What I didn't know is that she had three bulging scrapbooks on Dave Ferriss alone!  This is where things get a little sensitive.  From all his letters I can see that he thought of Madeline only as a friend, the daughter of James Farmer, mayor of Keene, NH.  But I believe Madeline had stronger feelings for Dave.  Whatever the case, the letters, cards, and photos are a part of her history.

An autographed photo which I know she treasured.

With her brother Charlie.

The original of the charlie photo I found in a photo album. 

This photo was also in the album, but the other player is unknown.

I found several Christmas cards from Dave.

A post card he sent her after the war.

In this letter he asks Madeline to save the newspaper clippings about him.

Letter sent with a ticket to World Series.

That ticket stub!

I think they had a very nice friendship.  If you want to know more about Dave "Boo" Ferriss, click hereAnd here is a nice little video about him.

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