Rosa Parks archives remain unsold in warehouse – The Denver Post

Postcard from Dr. Martin Luther King to Ms. Parks and a photo of her.

Postcard from Dr. Martin Luther King to Mrs. Parks and a photo of her.

Ephemera of the Civil Rights struggle from the estate of Mrs. Rosa Parks is locked in legal limbo and waits in a storage locker until a decision is made. Historically valuable ephemera such as “her photographs with presidents, her Congressional Gold Medal, a pillbox hat that she may have worn on the Montgomery bus, a signed postcard from King, decades of documents from civil rights meetings, and her ruminations about life in the South as a black woman.”

Read more from the article by Jesse J. Holland in the AP article in the Denver Post.

For further info on the scope of the estate’s 8,000 items go to the Detroit Free Press video report by MIKE BROOKBANK / Detroit Free Press 9/1/2011.

Rare Stamps of the Cape of Good Hope | Past & Present

This is a repost from

Rare Stamps of the Cape of Good Hope | Past & Present.


What you maybe meant to keep: Irish Political Ephemera | National Print Museum

The National Print Museum hosts an exhibition of Irish political ephemera covering general and local elections, referendums, as well as European and presidential elections from the 1970s onwards.
On now through May 2014

What you maybe meant to keep: Irish Political Ephemera | National Print Museum.



The Caren Archives


Next month there will be an important auction held at Bonhams in New York. Make sure to check out the online catalog for this amazing auction here

Items are from the 1400s to the present, including an incredible selection of early maps of the Americas.

Here is a some of the history of the Caren Archives pulled from their website:

The Caren Archive is the most significant private collection of rare newspapers and broadsides in the United States. The Archive contains an incredible array of original and historic newspapers, periodicals, manuscripts and photographs — literally documenting how history unfolded on paper. If you’re considering purchasing or selling items relating to major events from the 16th century through the 21st, The Caren Archive is the best place to start.

Eric C. Caren, proprietor of The Archive, began collecting baseball cards, stamps, coins and more when he was 5 years old. At age 11, he discovered some newspapers in an abandoned house and the rest is history.

After graduating from University of Maryland with a business degree, he directed a rare newspaper gallery in London at the then newly opened Covent Garden Market. Upon returning to the U.S. in 1983, Caren founded The Caren Archive and has been a full-time dealer in historical collectibles ever since. In 2001, the <a href="">Newseum</a> in Washington, DC, acquired more than 30,000 historic newspapers from The Caren Archive to build the majority of its permanent collection and feature exhibit.

To this day, Caren is still as passionate a collector as ever.

Eric C. Caren
P.O. Box 185
Lincolndale, NY 10540
914 772 8212

Caren Archive Licensing and Some Highlights of The Archive:

The Caren Archive begun in the 1960′s as a hobby is now acknowledged as one of the largest and most important private archives of original and rare newspapers, manuscripts, photographs, posters, broadsides, postcards, ephemera, etc.


Over one million items containing millions of images and important content dating back to the dawn of printing and coming right through the Computer Age is to be found in our holdings. We are currently licensing material to select companies who are looking for historical and artistic imagery relating to almost every major event, person and genre conceivable. Many of the items in the archive are not available anywhere else including some of the major institutions throughout the nation! If you are looking to expand your product line or have a new product line and want to incorporate The Caren Archive brand into that line, please email us or call 914-248-8038. See list at right to get an idea of the range and quality of some of our holdings of original materials.<>

Sydney New South Wales in the 1880s


Great resource material and fun maps from (and yes the name may be too much for some but . .) fuckyeahcartography on tumbler. If you love maps then you might want to follow this user as they always have some fun stuff to share.

Above is One of four maps which tell a fascinating story of the built environment of our Sydney in late 1880s.
They outline buildings with a colour code denoting the building materials used and provide the name of the building and sometimes the proprietors.
Go to the catalogue record where you can zoom down into the streets.
See how Sydney’s buildings looked 50 years later by going to the block plans of the 1920s and 1930s which were similarly surveyed by the Fire and Accident Underwriters’ Association of NSW

Art in Print | The Digital Revolution and Creative Miscellany (Ephemera and Knickknacks): Part 2

Part 2 of by Sarah Kirk Hanley for iNK Blog from Art In Print Journal


In October, INK , the Blog of Art In Print Journal, examined some of the ways ephemera have permeated the art world, from exhibitions of original ephemera to musings on the demise of the printed newspaper; this month’s post continues the conversation with an investigation of recent and current exhibitions. In Philadelphia, “Remnants of Everyday Life: Historical Ephemera in the Workplace, Street, and Home” (The Library Company, closed January 3, 2014) provided an essential overview of a century and a half of printed miscellany.


In New York, “Rituals of Rented Island: Object Theater, Loft Performance, and the New Psychodrama—Manhattan, 1970–1980” (Whitney Museum of American Art, through Feb 2, 2014) shows how ephemera played a critical role in documenting and promoting the work of artists in the pre-digital era, similar to a pair of exhibitions earlier this year titled “Please Come to the Show: Invitations and Event Fliers from the MoMA Library,” Part 1 and Part 2.


At the Brooklyn Museum, “Wangechi Mutu: A Fantastic Journey” (through March 9, 2014) is the first major US exhibition of the Kenyan-born American who elevates everyday detritus to the ethereal, without cutting ties to its humble origins. Together, these exhibitions offer insight into the changing role of ephemera in 21st century culture.

Check out the full blog article for more info.

Art in Print | The Digital Revolution and Creative Miscellany (Ephemera and Knickknacks): Part 2.

The Digital Revolution and Creative Miscellany (Ephemera and Knickknacks): Part 1

I came across two fabulous pieces by Sarah Kirk Hanley for iNK Blog which deserve republishing here at 9 Miles of Ephemera .
These articles are rich with info on recent exhibits which journey through a number of my passions: history, ephemera, & art (specifically ephemera as the material of art).
Make sure to follow the links here and in the original blog to see the full breadth of these exhibits.

As the media panics over the future of the printed daily, a panoply of exhibitions last fall offered food for thought on the role of printed ephemera and other incarnations of the modest and commonplace in contemporary art. (There have been too many, in fact, to fit within a single post; the conversation is continued in December’s INK Blog from Art In Print.) This installment looks at four exhibitions that examine the newspaper, belt buckles, and a gamut of things clustering under the “ephemera” umbrella.

”News/Prints: Printmaking and the Newspaper” (at IPCNY, New York, closed October 19) included historical editorial cartoons, Meiji-era Japanese newspapers, collages using newsprint as a found object and other works of contemporary art in its exploration of newspapers as both primary and secondary sources for art.


“Burying the Lede” (at Momenta Art, Brooklyn, closed October 27) offered a variety of works that contemplate the role of the newspaper in culture.


Even as audiences are increasingly reached through primarily digital formats, it has never been easier for artists (or anyone else for that matter) to print works on paper or commission manufactured objects inexpensively, and popular enthusiasm for low-end creative prints and multiples is on the rise. Last month’s New York Art Book Fair was our biggest ever, with 27,000 visitors,” according to Jordan Nassar of Printed Matter, the show’s organizer. In Philadelphia, the editors of Printeresting have partnered with The Print Center to organize the exhibition “Ephemeral Sprawl” (at The Print Center through November 23 and again April 4 – June 7, 2014).


As the title suggests, the exhibition casts a wide net, capturing everything from cultural artifacts (feminist literature, earthenware) to graphic design (exhibition posters, bakery business cards), to unique artists’ works influenced by graphic novels, Girl Scout badges, stock photography, and other bric-a-brac.

Finally, “Cary Leibowitz: (paintings and belt buckles)” at Invisible-Exports, New York, closed October 13) featured as one of Jerry Saltz’s “most anticipated” exhibitions of this fall. In his usual fashion, the artist juxtaposed his low-brow, inexpensive multiples (in this case engraved brass belt buckles) with his humorous, angst-ridden, pseudo-confessional text paintings.


Check out the full & fabulous post here:
The Digital Revolution and Creative Miscellany (Ephemera and Knickknacks): Part 1

Texana Signature Auction to be held March 15 in Dallas

This looks like another fabulous auction from Heritage Auctions.
On of my favorite lots is the Archive of Letters of a Texas Confederate Cavalryman, all dated between January 15, 1858, and August 30, 1866. Most of the letters are between Confederate cavalryman William S. Chapman of the 1st Texas Partisan Rangers (30th Texas Cavalry Regiment), Co. “F”, and his wife, Elizabeth, who remained at their home in Belton, Texas, during the Civil War with their three young children. Nearly fifty-five letters between the young couple are included-thirty-five are written by Elizabeth and the remaining by William. The young Civil War soldier wrote mostly of his service in Indian Territory, where he served a time under Colonel Douglas Cooper, commander of the 1st Choctaw and Chickasaw Mounted Confederate Rifles. Also included in this archive are over fifteen letters-most war-dated-between Chapman family members, some with envelopes. In all, this frank and revealing archive contains near seventy letters.

David Boozer provides a nice synopsis of the other highlighted offerings for Heritage Auctions

Heritage Auctions’ Texana Signature Auction #6109 is only days away. Already, several lots have received an abundance of attention, such as the Jacob de Cordova 1849 Map of Texas.

A First Edition, Unrestored Copy of Jacob De Cordova's 1849 Map of Texas in Original Condition

A First Edition, Unrestored Copy of Jacob De Cordova’s 1849 Map of Texas in Original Condition

It’s beautiful, rare, and important — “the most correct and authentic map of Texas ever compiled,” Sam Houston once told the U.S. Senate. Another lot, this 1892 Texas Volunteer Guard medal, is one of the most viewed webpages from this auction. Produced from 10k and 14k pink and yellow gold weighing 41.9 grams, it’s no wonder.

Other lots in this auction tell great stories, either visually or through text. For example, behind this photograph of the 1913 Terry’s Texas Rangers reunion is likely an interesting tale about Confederate veterans because right in the middle of this group of gray-bearded Confederate vets is a black member.

1913 Terry's Texas Ranger reunion

1913 Terry’s Texas Ranger reunion

Our research didn’t turn up his identity, but maybe your own research can. Another example is the Mexican War diary of Sgt. George Myers, who served in Samuel Walker’s U.S. Mounted Rifles. Myers began his 179-page odyssey when he enlisted in February 1847, and ended when he arrived back on U.S. soil after a year fighting in Mexico. Along the way he witnessed the death of Captain Walker, including his account of the death of his beloved commander in this diary. This is truly riveting historical reading.

Still other lots make up the marrow—the nitty-gritty—of this auction. These are the kinds of lots we so often expect to find, like the 1836 Texian loan certificate signed by Stephen F. Austin. These loans were issued by the provisional government of Texas during the Texas Revolution to raise much-needed money for the cause. Another example is the 1838 Republic of Texas oath of allegiance declaring that Thomas Wilkins “did not aid or assist the enemy.” Lots like these aren’t mundane by any standard, but they are representative of documents that kept Texas functioning as a republic and then a state.

Of course there is much more. You can preview all lots on March 13-14 between 9:00 AM and 5:00 PM at 3500 Maple Avenue in Dallas. But if you’re impatient and can’t wait, preview right from our website, 24 hours a day, where you can explore images, read descriptions, and place bids. The auction will be held in Dallas on the first floor of 3500 Maple Avenue. The Signature Floor Session 1 will take begin at 11:00 AM CT, and the Signature Internet Session 2 (HERITAGE Live!, Internet, fax, and Mail only) will begin at 2:00 PM CT. Happy bidding!

Darien Antiques Show this weekend March 7, 2014 • By The Darien Times

The 47th Darien Antiques Show, Fairfield county’s continuously running antiques show, is this weekend.

The historic First Congregational Church is transformed into a labyrinth of attractive forums for the 30 plus handpicked dealers from throughout New England.

This show prides itself in its diverse assembly of fine furniture from 17th century to mid-century modern, original art, porcelain, prints, rugs, jewelry and decorative items.

Whether a seasoned collector or just inquisitive to discover how antiques might fit into a modern home, this event’s welcoming atmosphere is a marvelous opportunity to come and explore.

Of particular note and new to the show this year, will be Lillian H. Ostergard, Ltd. offering fine and custom jewelry for the connoisseur. Her pieces feature nature and animals and she uses a lot of pearls, crystals and diamonds in her pieces that are all 18k yellow or white gold or platinum. She likes color and jewelry with a whimsical sense of humor.

The ongoing success and longevity of the Darien Antiques Show is wholly attributable to the innumerable volunteers from The First Congregational Church, their sole reason for organizing the show is to raise money for their outreach programs. The Darien Antiques Show weekend will kick off with a Preview Party on Friday, March 7, from 7 to 9 p.m. The event’s primary beneficiary will be Liberation Programs, of Norwalk, a leading behavioral health organization specializing in treatment for substance abuse. Preview Party tickets will be available at the door for $50 and include weekend admission to the show. The evening features the opportunity to view the antiques in a relaxed setting, make early purchases before the show opens to the public, and take part in a silent auction, while enjoying fine wines, hors d’oeuvres and live jazz music.

The show will be open on Saturday, March 8, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, March 9, from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission at the door is $10; $8 for seniors. A café open from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days, will serve home-cooked lunch including Polly’s famous corn chowder.

From the

Darien Times

Giving New Life To Old Paper

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