What is historical ephemera

Historical ephemera include transitory materials from the past that were intended to have a one-time or temporary use. We can learn much from studying about the past using historical ephemera. Most of the ephemera that we have today were kept because they represent something significant to us. Personal ephemera, such as memorabilia, can provide an authentic… Read more »

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    Travel Postcard Collection

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      Historical Ephemera Blog Post – David Balmer Introduction: This collection of historical ephemera is from my personal collection of postcards that I have bought while traveling in the US, overseas in Europe and Africa, and also some sent to me from friends who have traveled abroad. These postcards have a great deal of meaning… Read more »

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    Summer Adventures

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    INTRODUCTION: Summer adventures make up some of our fondest memories. This collection contains items related to meaningful “exotic” summer adventures from three inter-connected people: me, my wife, and my father-in-law. The collection is also bounded by the Cold War. Some items relate directly to the Vietnam War and others are situated at the end of the… Read more »

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    Map of the American Museum of Natural History

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    These are photographs of each page of a map that details the different exhibits in the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, dated August 2015. My husband and I received this map when we entered the museum, and used it to navigate throughout the many levels. Each page details what a person… Read more »

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    TIME & Rolling Stone Front Covers

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    This digitized collection of historical ephemera focuses on the evolution of front covers of major magazines.  Through a comparative approach, this collection aims to evaluate the different tactics employed by Rolling Stone and TIME in their publications, including aspects such as intended audiences, the selection of people, events and phenomena to help represent a particular… Read more »

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    A Night at the Theatre

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    These images consist of tickets and playbills from both amateur and professional productions performed at NC State University and the Durham Performing Arts Center. Theatrical productions have been a significant part of our cultural history and the historical ephemera presented here will help construct a more complete image of the Theatre’s intricate past.   Creative/Technical… Read more »

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    2004 Election Time Capsule

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    About this Historical Ephemera Project This project is meant to be a time capsule of the 2004 election. It is a small selection of items taken from a portfolio that held important items from newspapers regarding this election. It is taken from the standpoint of a 6th grade social studies student and what that student… Read more »

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    Craft Beer Caps

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    Introduction: This collection of historical ephemera is based around the industry of craft beer and its significant uprising in popularity in the 21st century. Personally, these bottle caps come from some of my favorite beers that I have had between 2015-2016. Specifically, using bottle caps from various craft beers currently on the market shows insight… Read more »

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    Wooden Crates

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    The Story: Being reared by a family of farmers, and farming being in our blood for generations, I was taught to appreciate oral and written history as well as pieces of tangible history. One of those pieces of tangible history was an appreciation for wooden crates—fruit crates including blueberry, apple, and orange, in addition to cheese… Read more »

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    Romantic Rhine

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    Introduction This set of postcards comes from the grandmother of Chad Guthrie’s wife. She lived in Koblenz, Germany throughout World War II, but moved to Paris after due to destruction of the city and widespread poverty. While in Paris she worked for the United States Embassy as a translator and married a Serbian. In 1965,… Read more »

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    The Largest Municipal Fraud in American History

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    Introduction  Rita Crundwell, in her private life, was the owner and operator of RC Quarter Horses. Her horses won 52 world championships and was named the leading owner by the American Quarter Horse Association for eight years in a row. Here home base was a massive estate in Dixon, Illinois but beyond that Crundwell had… Read more »