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.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Odds and Ends From a Newly Discovered Box

In my quest to really get serious about organizing Madeline's archives, I discovered a box that I had never looked in.  Or haven't looked at since we unloaded the collection a few years ago.  Inside was a treasure trove of vintage greeting cards, letters, memorabilia, dried and decaying corsages, and the gems below that I'm sharing today.  There are a lot of greeting cards which I will share in another post, as well as some special memories she saved from her favorite Boston cocktail lounges.  Today's items have no relation to each other, just want you to know that from the start. 

Vintage wrapping paper, I would say maybe from the 50's.  I just love it! 

Very feminine!  There were only these 2 and they are both just small pieces.  This is one thing I wish she saved more of!

Her business card from Paine Furniture Co in Boston.  She only worked there for a few years, but that is where she met her husband, Archer.  Paine's is the oldest furniture store in the country.  And they are still in business on Cape Cod!  Check them out here.  If you would like to see an old store catalog, click this

Post card of the Union Oyster House.  She must have picked this up at the restaurant on Oct 4, 1947.  If you ever go to Boston, you must eat here.  The restaurant is full of history and the food is very good, traditional New England fare.  (I grew up in Boston.)  Here is the link to their website.

Western Union telegrams.  (I think Peewee was her cat!)

Telegram envelope

WWII ration book - there were 4 books in the box:  Madeline's; her husband Archer's; and his parents.

Coffee stamps

Full page - I'm surprised there were any left.

"Spare" stamps - wonder what they were for?

To learn more about ration stamp books, visit this site and this one.

The Boston Braves were a minor league team in 1947. 

Ticket stubs from Red Sox games.  On July 2, 1947 the Red Sox played the Philadelphia Athletics.  The winning pitcher was Connie Mack (PA) and the losing pitcher was Joe Cronin (RS).  The score was 7 to 6. 

Madeline loved to ride trains and she often traveled on the New Haven RR. 

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