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.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

1939 World's Fair Brochure: "Tourism in the Netherlands Indies"

I found another brochure Madeline picked up at the 1939 World's Fair.  It is mostly about Bali.
The map and the information sheet above give you an idea of how life was in Bali in 1939.
Outside cover of brochure.
Inside cover of the brochure.
Island scenes.
These two statues are described as "Two fine specimens of modern Balinese wood-carving."
I don't know how these women manage to carry so much on the top of their heads!
A roadside shrine near Tabanan.
This picture shows women bringing fruit assortment offerings to the temple.  This was a Road Block on a recent episode of "The Amazing Race"!!!
The Water Palace of the Prince.
An advertisement in the brochure about train travel.
Advertisement for the Grand Hotel Homann. 
Airline travel advertisement.
Hope you have enjoyed this little trip to Bali!

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

The "Queen Mary"/A Book of Comparisons

Here's a booklet on the Queen Mary which tries to explain her grandness by comparison to other modes of travel.  I believe Madeline picked this up at the '39 World's Fair along with the other Queen Mary booklet.
Service was emphasized as the main reason for choosing to sail on the Queen Mary.
The comparison with train travel.
Today there is a webcam where you can see the Queen Mary depart.
The Queen's length compared to the height of various tall structures.
What it would look like if the Queen Mary were docked on Fifth Avenue!
Shopping and watching movies were available on board.
You were not cut off from the world outside or back on land!
A selection of the food available on board.
Impressive household equipment!
Lifeboat info - no Titanic issues here.
The height compared to Niagara Falls.
It was fun to learn more about the Queen Mary and how she started.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

More Vintage Wallpaper Samples

I've been organizing and sorting Madeline's Memories and when I came across the two giant wallpaper sample books I decided to flip through one and pick some more pages out to share with you.  They are all quite beautiful.

Love these!  Blue flowers on an ivory background and the same pattern with purple flowers and a white background.  Would be pretty in a bedroom.
Love the vibrant colors!

I have noticed that turquoise will be a big color this spring again.

This pattern is called "Mode Moderne" and sold for $1.79 per single roll, with a matching border for 12 cents per single yard.  Which color is your favorite?
More pink.

Love this pattern and color.  This is a fabric sample that matches.
Faux brick!

Two old fashioned "scene" patterns and the coordinating fabric swatch.

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.