Author: Shawn Purcell

Balopticon Books & Ephemera

Ephemeral Assays-Paper Rooseveltiana

We spoke in the last column of the gravitational pull of collectors, and of a fitting home for the inevitable disposition of thematic treasure troves. One such hunter-gatherer, Lyall Squair of Syracuse, NY, collected in excess of 300,000 Teddy Roosevelt…

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…

Ephemeral Assays – The Word

This is the first column in an ongoing examination of the wonderful world of ephemera. In the beginning was the word, which Aristotle and the Greeks defined as “lasting only for a day.” In early English, it first crops up…