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.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Reader's Digest February 1948

The cover is the Table of Contents.  Articles range from Lincoln, Jackie Robinson, Eisenhower, brain surgery and cereal.
Back in 1948 they were obsessed with Lincoln, too.  This article makes the assertion that if not for 5 events, Lincoln would not be President.  Read the second paragraph to learn what they are.  (Click on pic to enlarge.)
This article is about Jackie Robinson and Branch Rickey, the baseball executive who signed him to the Dodgers.
The history of breakfast cereal up to 1948.
How the people's demand drafted General Dwight D. Eisenhower for President.
Love the title of this article!  The first sentence says it all:  "The German people face a task as great as ever confronted any people on earth:  to rebuild their country, economically, politically, and spiritually."  Remembering this was 1948 and the war was only just over, I think Germany has come a long way.
Story of Dr. Harvey Cushing and his work on the human brain.

Yesterday's post had an article about veterans returning home and today's has one on veterans and their benefits and how the government is struggling to keep up with all the issues.  Sad to say this government issue is only worse today.
This little quiz is from the condensed book section, "The Reach of the Mind".  The answers are below, but see if you can try it.
How did you do?
And finally, the "How Smart Are You" quiz.  Answers below.
Wish I had more Reader's Digests to share, but I don't think so.  I will dig out the old Life and Look magazines, though.

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