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How Ephemera Changed Capitalism in 19th Century In America

Or, more specifically: How a 19th Century organ manufacturer exploited paper advertising to fuel the engine of commerce.

From THE COMMONS (Windham County, Vermont) we learn of a great event happening this weekend:

“The Estey Company, along with thousands of other 19th century companies, was both a part of, and the epitome of, the driving force determining the personality and being of the United States: American Capitalism. By exploring the Estey product and its place in the American home, we find an example of how early American Capitalism worked.”

Estey Organ Museum sponsors a talk with Kit Barry titled “The Estey Organ — Its Place in the Emergence of American Capitalism” at its Engine House Gallery, 108 Birge St., this Sunday, June 29, at 3 p.m.

Kit Barry, is curator of the Ephemera Archive for American Studies in Brattleboro and has been collecting ephemera since he was a teenager.

Read more about the event and the history of Estey Organ Company by following the link below.

Welcome to THE COMMONS — News and Views for Windham County, Vermont.

Also check the 9 Miles of Ephemera Events Calendar for details and directions to this fascinating glimpse into ephemera research.

Here is another article featuring paper dolls that Estey distributed as advertising. “Estey Organ Company: Advertising Paper Dolls”

Dolls Of America And Her New Possessions: Cuba doll
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History under the floorboards

History under the floorboards

Among the recent donations to Leeds Museums was this collection of “rubbish” which was found under the floorboards of a house in Roundhay.  The scraps of paper, torn-up letters and old cigarette packets might easily have been thrown away but the flat’s owners knew the history of the house and took a closer look.  Several of the torn envelopes had post-marks from 1943 and were addressed to officers of the 111 Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment, Royal Artillery who had been billeted at the house during the Second World War. 

This small collection of discarded ephemera shines a small light on life in an officer’s mess in the summer of 1943.  They had time to go to the theatre, as there is a ticket from the Leeds Empire.  They got their writing paper courtesy of the YMCA and seem to have had to go as far as Batley to get their laundry done (there is a receipt from Batley Laundry Ltd.).  They may have had contact with G.I.’s as at least one of the razor blade packets is American.  Above all, they were heavy smokers and left behind large number of cigarette packets and matchboxes (Woodbines being the favoured brand).

There are many questions that we will never find answers to.  The collection includes some personal letters from wives and family back home, which have been screwed up and thrown away rather than lovingly kept.  The letters themselves mostly talk of banal everyday life on the home front with bits of local gossip.

Perhaps this extract from a letter written by Ida (from Surrey) to her “Dearest Dick” may indicate why he threw her letter away:

“Marie says that I was to tell you she still likes Ann Shelton better than Vera Lynn. Well Dear I hope you will be able to get home soon as there is still quite a bit of rubbish needs clearing up in the garden.”

All in all, a fascinating little glimpse of life in war-time Leeds.

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A Century of Posters opens at Tap Seac Gallery- MACAU DAILY TIMES -

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Thru August 24th, visitors to the Tap Seac Gallery in Macau can view an exhibit featuring poster art produced between 1880 and 1990.

The exhibition includes lithographs by Jules Chéret, the so-called “Roi de l’affiche” by Alfons Maria Mucha, as well as pieces by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Leonetto Cappiello, Joost Schmidt and Raymond Savignac, among others.

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Macua, also spelled Macao, is one of the two Special Administrative Regions of the People’s Republic of China, the other being Hong Kong. Macau lies on the western side of the Pearl River Delta across from Hong Kong to the east, which is about 64 kilometers, also bordered by Guangdong Province to the north and facing the South China Sea to the east and south. (from Wikipedia)

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MACAU DAILY TIMES – A Century of Posters opens at Tap Seac Gallery.

From the book  "Holy Skirts. Dresses For Sculptures In Wienhausen Abbey" Authors: Charlotte clack Eitzen, Wiebke Haase, Tanya White Graf

“You Found The Ancient Manuscript Where?” ‘Texts and Textiles’ : Finding Manuscripts in Unusual Places | The Conveyor

‘Texts and Textiles’ : Finding Manuscripts in Unusual Places | The Conveyor

Cover image from "Holy Skirts. Dresses for sculptures in Wienhausen Abbey"
Cover image from “Holy Skirts. Dresses for sculptures in Wienhausen Abbey”

Most folks know that long before “upcycling” became a buzzword, the reuse of materials was a common practice. However we are still discovering interesting ways that our ancestors put their discards back to use.

Research that began in 2011 reveals how textile conservators discovered fragments of medieval manuscripts lining the hems of dresses. The dresses, made by nuns in the late 15th century, clothed the statues at their Cistercian convent of Weinhausen in Northern Germany.

Proving again that you just never know what treasure you may find and where you might find it.

#findingtreasure #AncientUpcycling

Read more here about this fascinating find and the research behind it.

‘’Texts and Textiles’’ : Finding Manuscripts in Unusual Places | The Conveyor.

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D-Day Landing Sites Then And Now: 11 Striking Images That Bring The Past And Present Together

Farmer Raymond Bertot, who was 19 when allied troops came ashore in 1944, stands where US Army troops once made battle plans on his property near the former D-Day landing zone of Utah Beach in Les Dunes de Varreville.
Farmer Raymond Bertot, who was 19 when allied troops came ashore in 1944, stands where US Army troops once made battle plans on his property near the former D-Day landing zone of Utah Beach in Les Dunes de Varreville.

Awesome mash up of photos of D-Day landing sites which merge present day with historic images.
Enjoy!

For the full story and more photos follow this link:
D-Day Landing Sites Then And Now: 11 Striking Images That Bring The Past And Present Together.

Views of Old Truro Abound In Vintage Postcard Exhibit opening Sunday – News – Wicked Local Provincetown, MA

"This is the pond where the ice came from." Postcard View of Pond Village, North Truro, MA
“This is the pond where the ice came from.” Postcard View of Pond Village, North Truro, MA

“Pretend you’re a passenger on the Outer Cape railroad in 1905 or ’06 or ’07. Perhaps you caught the train from Provincetown, after the steamer dropped you off at Railroad Wharf. Your trunks are packed for a month-long stay at the Highland House; Aunt Hannah is meeting you at the depot. As the train leaves the bustle of town for the North Truro countryside, look out the window — what do you see?”

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Views of old Truro abound in vintage postcard exhibit opening Sunday – News – Wicked Local Provincetown – Provincetown, MA.

Cowan’s Auctions: The Midwest’s Most Trusted Auction House / Antiques / Fine Art / Art Appraisals

Captain D.G. Farragut, Sixth Plate Daguerreotype, Earliest Known Photograph, Ca 1854
Captain D.G. Farragut, Sixth Plate Daguerreotype, Earliest Known Photograph, Ca 1854

On June 13th Cowan’s is offering a remarkable selection of early photographs, letters, documents, flags, political ephemera and more dating from the Revolutionary War-period through the Civil War and beyond, as well as the American West. We are proud to present selections from the Paul DeHaan Collection of items related to Admiral David Glasgow Farragut and his flagship, the U.S.S. Hartford. Additionally, photography from the Tom MacDonald Maine Civil War CDV Collection will also be featured in the auction.

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Preview Times

Thursday, June 12: 12:00 – 5:00 pm EST

Friday, June 13: 8:00 – 10:00 am EST

Buyer’s Premium for this auction is 17.5[%]

via Cowan’s Auctions: The Midwest’s Most Trusted Auction House / Antiques / Fine Art / Art Appraisals.

Mexican War, Battle of Buena Vista, Letter Containing Graphic Content 6/13/2014 - American History: Live Salesroom Auction 3pp, 7.75 x 9.5 in. Buena Vista Camp near Saltillo Mexico, April 23, 1847. To Mr. George Smith of Frederick, MD from George Toms. In ink, spelling a bit "creative" and for the most part the entire letter is one sentence, but handwriting clear. Toms describes the march from Matamoros to Buena Vista, a distance of about 500 miles.
Mexican War, Battle of Buena Vista, Letter Containing Graphic Content
6/13/2014 – American History: Live Salesroom Auction
3pp, 7.75 x 9.5 in. Buena Vista Camp near Saltillo Mexico, April 23, 1847. To Mr. George Smith of Frederick, MD from George Toms. In ink, spelling a bit “creative” and for the most part the entire letter is one sentence, but handwriting clear. Toms describes the march from Matamoros to Buena Vista, a distance of about 500 miles.

Museum of the City of New York Receives Grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities – BWWVisual ArtsWorld

Berenice Abbott (1898-1991) William Goldberg Date: May 7, 1937; Gelatin silver print: image width: 13 11/16" image height: 16 5/8"
Berenice Abbott (1898-1991)
William Goldberg
Date: May 7, 1937; Gelatin silver print:
image width: 13 11/16″
image height: 16 5/8″

Great news from the Big Apple for Ephemera lovers.
Another example of why we need to support the National Endowment for the Humanities!

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The Museum of the City of New York is pleased to announce the generous support of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) for the project Illuminating New York City History through Material Culture: A Proposal to Process, Catalog, Digitize, and Rehouse the Ephemera Collections of the Museum of the City of New York. The application, submitted to the NEH Humanities Collections and Reference Resources grant opportunity in July 2013, outlines a plan to increase public access to over 6,500 objects of material culture over the course of two years. The materials will eventually be available on the Museum’s online Collections Portal. The Museum was notified of the successful funding of this application in the amount of $125,000 by Senator Kirsten Gillibrand’s office in March 2014, by instruction of the NEH.

Read the full article hereMuseum of the City of New York Receives Grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities – BWWVisual ArtsWorld.

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