Tag: ephemera

Neither a Collector Nor a Saver Be

In the course of selling books over the last eight years, I have had the good fortune to handle the letters and manuscripts of many authors. One of my favorites is a short note from J.B. Priestley, responding to a…

Family Ephemera

On the letterhead of the Butte Saddle Mining Syndicate Offices in the Bacon Building, Oakland April 2nd, 1909 This is a memorandum for you, I have this day put in escrow 100,000 shares of the Butte Saddle Mining Syndicate Stock…

Sort, Throw, Save, Publish?

A bookseller is always either making decisions or postponing them. About five years ago I attended an auction and acquired a station wagon load of books and ephemera. This would not be an auction that would fade from memory. I…

Ephemeral Assays—Use Protection!

In nuclear physics, a half life is the period of time required for the decay or breakdown of half of the atoms in a sample of some specific radioactive isotope. Plutonium 238, for example, has a half life of about…

Ephemeral Assays – the Paper Trail

If I had five seconds to ask two questions about life, they would be “From whence?” and “Where to?” Same with paper ephemera. Where on earth do you get it, and what in heaven’s name do you do with it…

Ephemeral Assays—The Good Book

So much for the classical origins of ephemera. What does the term mean for us here and now in the opening years of the new millennium? For some basic paper training, one could begin appropriately enough with a published source…