Emphemera, Ephemeris, Ephemeral….


The definition of Ephemera comes from the Greek ‘epi’ (about) and ‘hemeris’ (day). Basically the “stuff about the day.” Ephemera is pronounced ‘efem’mera’ . The contempory definition of ephemera is, ‘something short lived or transitory’ especially all types of paper documents both printed or handwritten produced for a specific purpose and normally intended for disposal.

Paper Ephemera has been well documented in John Lewis’ 1962 book, ‘Printed Ephemera’, (the 20th century Bible of Ephemera) where John documents Ephemera from as early as the 16th century to present times.

Printed Ephemera by John Lewis

Ephemera is a relatively new area of collecting, and the definition is still under some discussion. The current generally accepted definition is the collecting of any man made paper object that is created with no intention of permanence. If it is made of paper, and most people would throw it away after use, then it is ephemera. Examples include magazines, newspapers, comics, certificates, old maps, old letters,sports cards, postcards, & even photographs.

It was Maurice Rickards who first articulated the definition now accepted by ephemerists the world over as: “the minor transient documents of everyday life.” And more than ever today, ephemera is being used by amateur and professional genealogists as a major tool in researching family histories.

You never know where those notes, scribbles, to”to-do” lists will end up someday.

More about Maurice Rickards

William Blake Treasures Discovered


Researchers at the University of Manchester’s John Rylands Library have stumbled upon a treasure trove of works by poet and artist William Blake.

After two years work the students, overseen by Blake expert and Manchester university art historian Colin Todd, found about 350 engraved plates designed by Blake in the collection.

The library has held works by Blake including hand-coloured illustrations of Young’s Nights Thoughts, but the team suspected more were hidden in the collection of a million books and records.Blake+4

John Rylands library archivist Stella Halkyard said: “The students had some specialist training in identifying prints from David Morris at the Whitworth Art Gallery before hunting through the collection. They found out we actually had a huge number of commercial engravings by Blake.”

Many will go on show at the library next month. Blake, who was born in 1757 and died in 1827, was largely unrecognized in his lifetime but would later be considered one of the most important poets of the Romantic period.

Howard Pyle’s Chromolithographs From THE PILGRIMAGE OF TRUTH, Harper’s Magazine, 1900

Title Art from The Pilgrimage of Truth
Title Art from The Pilgrimage of Truth
Truth Leaves The Fairies Wonderland
Truth Leaves The Fairies Wonderland

Wonderfully illustrated story of The Pilgrimage of Truth from the December issue of Harper’s Magazine, 1900.

The chromolithograph illustrations of Howard Pyle an illuminated manuscript feel while echoing the art deco period of their creation. Howard Pyle (March 5, 1853 – November 9, 1911) was an American illustrator and author, primarily of books for young people. A native of Wilmington, Delaware, he spent the last year of his life in Florence, Italy. Famous for his Book Of Pirates, 1921 and The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood his work is classic.

Prints may be found at 9 Miles Of Wonder on Etsy

Story page
Story page

Wonderful illuminated letters
Wonderful illuminated letters

The King & Truth in the Night
The King & Truth in the Night

Truth In The Temple
Truth In The Temple

Truth Before The King
Truth Before The King

Truth Before The Seer
Truth Before The Seer

Truth In The Fools Lodge
Truth In The Fools Lodge

Truth Went On Her Way Alone
Truth Went On Her Way Alone

Page 2 Illuminated T & litho Truth Knocks at the door

Page 8 Illustration and text

Page 9 Illuminated B & Text

Page 11 Illuminated O and text

Page 13 Illuminated H & text

The Ephemera Network

If you love old paper you need to sign up for the Ephemera Network.

The Ephemera Network brings together the seemingly endless variety of collectors, dealers, and academics who are passionate about ephemera.

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Great resources and connections are to be found on this site.

If you want to connect with me on the Ephemera Network go to this page!

Fighters In The Sky

Found this beautiful calendar a few years ago at an estate sale. Amazing color and condition for it’s age.
Here is some background on the calendar and the artist Charles Hubbell.

Produced by Thompson Products, manufacturers of
automotive and airplane parts, this calendar is awesome! This find
came from an Estate dig in Pennsylvania and has some fabulous WWII
airplane art by the well know artist, Charles H Hubbell.
Though the vellum, cover page is a little worn, the rest of
the calendar is fabulous for the age.
Be sure to take a tour of the calendar on my Ecrater site:

Also see the individual images available as prints, on
mugs, and other great items at 9 Miles Of Vintage on CafePress

Charles Hubbell was born in Cleveland, Ohio in 1899. As a boy
of 10 he became interested in aviation when a friend gave him an
aeronautical magazine and he became an avid model airplane builder.
Before he completed high school, he had designed and built many
models as well as a man-sized glider. He graduated from the
Cleveland School of Art in 1923. He traded his early paintings for
flight time, soloing in 1925. He received CAA pilots License number
Charles worked as a commercial artist for several years
painting airplanes mostly as a hobby as there was little demand for
aviation art at that time. Cliff Henderson, the director of the
National Air Races had seen Hubbell’s airplane paintings and
had used them on his air race posters and programs. Cliff arranged
a meeting with Fred Crawford, Chairman of Thompson Products, who
sponsored the Thompson Trophy Races. This was the famous unlimited
closed course race that started in 1929.
Henderson suggested that Charles paint the winners each year
for a calendar. Fred Crawford agreed with great enthusiasm and
sealed the deal with a handshake. That started a 30-year project
for Hubbell…painting airplanes for
The first calendar was produced in 1939 and consisted of the first nine Thompson Trophy
winners and four airliners. On each monthly picture, Hubbell
faithfully gave the details of the subject aircraft—its make
and type, specifications and performance data, engine and types.
Each year thereafter the calendars featured a theme along with a
section of Hubbell’s paintings. This panorama of aviation
history continued through 1969 when Charles retired, followed by an
additional four years with a series called the “Best of
Hubbell”. The calendars would become the most authentic and
complete history of aviation ever to be assembled so beautifully.
Charles Hubbell was the world’s best-known
artist-historian of the early air age. He was a stickler for detail
and he went to great lengths to assure accuracy, not only for the
aircraft, but the backgrounds as well. He would traveled more than
65,000 miles in a single year to obtain technical information to
stamp his paintings with authenticity, and to capture the clouds
and terrain that set the mood of the many colorful scenes depicted
in his work.
During his association with TRW, Hubbell had created 32
calendars and more than 375 individual oil paintings. His
watercolors and drawings number over 600. Hubbell’s paintings
have hung in the white house, in museums, palaces, libraries, and
homes of countless thousands of aviation buffs throughout the
world. (Info from www.memaerobilia.com)
For more images and to see the full calendar go to: Fighters In The Sky On EtsyFighters In The SkyAiracobrasGrumman Fi6 HellcatAiracobras

Vintage Baltimore

When I found this Atlas of Baltimore County, it was buried under a pile of newspapers in a box lot.
The cover looked disappointing, but then I opened the pages to find all of the interior was beautifully preserved.
There are over 80 pages of maps, etchings, and data sheets on the County.
The maps include:
City of Baltimore
13, two page maps of the Districts
County of Baltimore two page map
State of Maryland
Eastern & Western Hemisphere Maps
United States & Territories Map (2 pages)
Plus 3 “Views” pages with drawings of:
T Flory & Cost Carriage Manufactory
Goshen Property of Benjamin I. Gardensville
German Lutheran Church of Gardensville

The data sheets (on the District pages) are great for those interested in genealogy as they have lists which include the names and occupations of prominent business owners in the area at the time of printing.
As opening fodder for the blog I am going to re-post a few of my favorites from my previous website.

The Atlas is available for sale as a whole or you may purchase individual, prints on high quality, acid free paper or canvas. Please contact me for more info on ordering or visit here to see the full atlas.

1877 Atlas Of Baltimore County
1877 Atlas Of Baltimore County

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Don’t Chuck it Out Til You Contact Me!

We buy all kinds of vintage photography, paper documents (ephemera), postcards & old books. Whether you are selling a personal collection, inherited items or need assistance in handling the estate of a relative, 9 Miles of Ephemera and Vintage will provide experienced & professional service. We are willing to travel to your location or simply bring items to the shop.

Email Me for more info. cdprops@me.com

Don’t throw anything away!

I collect every possible format of photography, including b&w & color family SNAPSHOTS, from photography’s inception to the 1980s, erotic images, both male & female, family photo ALBUMS, real photo postcards, military photo albums, especially WWII & vietnam, old TRAVEL albums to locations such as Asia, Africa & the Middle East, SLIDES, vocational photography, such as medical, dental, industrial or police MUG SHOTS & crime photos, X-Rays, 8 & 16mm FILM REELS,  etc.

I specialize in collectible books with strong visual content, especially quality titles on PHOTOGRAPHY,  art, architecture & DESIGN. Other interests include old illustrated CHILDREN’S BOOKS, Nature books, and Vintage Medical Books . In short, my reading & collecting interests are diverse; I’ll gladly take a look at any book that is old, RARE or otherwise unique. We are willing to travel to take a look at large collections.    

Ephemera is a catch-all word for the incidental paper items that people have used on a daily basis throughout history. I collect postcards, pamphlets, old LETTERS, journals & diaries, menus, business ledgers & INVOICES, travel brochures, trade CATALOGS, instruction manuals, event programs, train tickets, POSTERS, broadsides, recipe booklets, scrapbooks, AMATEUR ART, greeting cards, children’s drawings & SCHOOLWORK, valentines, etc. The list goes on  & on. As a general rule, don’t throw anything away until we’ve had a chance to look at it first.

From road maps to atlases to surveyor maps to pocket travel maps….I want to see them all!!
I am mainly interested in pre-1900 era maps, but will look at anything you have. Send photos to us and we can discuss pricing.

Giving New Life To Old Paper

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