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Collecting Ephemera What is Ephemera, anyway? And what do you mean, I'm "already" a collector of ephemera?

Confederate Stamps, Old Letters & History

Black Americana Price Guide icon

The Care of Books icon
An Essay on the Development of Libraries and their Fittings, from the Earliest Times to the End of the Eighteenth Century

  The Most Beautiful Libraries in the World icon

The Great Libraries: From Antiquity to the Renaissance icon

The Permanence and Care of Color Photographs: Traditional and Digital Color Prints, Negatives, Slides, and Motion Pictures icon

How to Save Your Stuff in a Disaster: Complete Instruction on How to Preserve and Save Your Family History, Heirloom and Collectibles icon

Collector's Guide to Early Photographs icon

Official Price Guide to American Patriotic Memorabilia

Collecting Autographs and Manuscripts icon

At Home With Books: How Booklovers Live With and Care for Their Libraries
I love this book!
"For the bibliophile anxious to enhance the home library, At Home with Books presents both practical advice and divine inspiration. Chapters on starting a collection, organizing the library, and caring for books offer useful information on categorizing, editing, storage, and space-saving--"break down the books into categories by subject matter ... and compare their quantities to the available shelf space. If necessary, measure. Consider the book's height as well as its width. You may need to adjust your shelves to optimize your space." "Library Lighting," "The Art of the Bookshelf," and "Library Ladders" further encourage collectors to create a personal space suitable for its intended purpose, yet reflective of one's passion--"shelf lighting can draw attention to cherished objects and volumes; track lights can highlight certain areas of your room." Interspersed throughout these highly helpful chapters are interviews with noteworthy bibliophiles, including Keith Richards, Loren and Frances Rothschild, Bill Blass, and Paul Getty, whose "literary lairs"--ranging from the classic book-lined walls to books in the kitchen and the bathroom--are beautifully photographed, making At Home with Books not only a valuable resource for the dedicated collector, but a beautiful addition to any collection. "

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British Newspapers. a History and Guide for Collectors icon

Dating Old Photographs 1840-1929

The Insider's Guide to Old Books, Magazines, Newspapers and Trade Catalogs

Encyclopedia of Ephemera: A Guide to the Fragmentary Documents of Everyday Life for the Collector, Curator and Historian icon
"The joy of finding an old box in the attic filled with postcards, invitations, theater programs, laundry lists, and pay stubs is discovering the stories hidden within them. The paper trails of our lives -- or ephemera -- may hold sentimental value, reminding us of great grandparents. They chronicle social history. They can be valuable as collectibles or antiques. But the greatest pleasure is that these ordinary documents can reconstruct with uncanny immediacy the drama of day-to-day life.

"The Encyclopedia of Ephemera is the first work of its kind, providing an unparalleled sourcebook with over 400 entries that cover all aspects of everyday documents and artifacts, from bookmarks to birth certificates to lighthouse dues papers. Continuing a tradition that started in the Victorian era, when disposable paper items such as trade cards, die-cuts and greeting cards were accumulated to paste into scrap books, expert Maurice Rickards has compiled an enormous range of paper collectibles from the obscure to the commonplace. His artifacts come from around the world and include such throw-away items as cigarette packs and crate labels as well as the ubiquitous faxes, parking tickets, and phone cards of daily life.
As this major new reference shows, simple slips of paper can speak volumes about status, taste, customs, and taboos, revealing the very roots of popular culture."

Collecting Paper: A Collector's Identification and Value Guide icon
"All forms of paper represent history, all paper collectors are historians. Wonderful examples of collectibles in sharply defined chapters. Wraps up more than 15 different categories of papers, from sheet music to autographs to stocks and bonds. Easily identify and value your collectibles with these complete illustrations, descriptions and historical backgrounds from author Gene Utz."

Children's Paper Premiums in American Advertising: 1890-1990s
"Here is a beautiful book celebrating a whole century of a favorite form of advertising. Through the use of children's paper premiums, many advertisers since the 1890s have created markets for their products. Children have enjoyed playing with the "free give-aways" that came with varied products, from the coffee their parents drank in the 1890s to the boxed cereal consumed in the 1990s. Product advertising easily found another avenue with radio entertainment in the 1930s. With nearly 500 photos, this book is chock full of the often-elaborate designs that have adorned and accompanied products of all kinds, and have enticed generations of children. The authors have brought together many types of these premiums, from Lion Coffee to Libby's Apple Butter, and offer valuable advice on building and maintaining a marvelous collection. The current price guide serves as a helpful tool for collectors who are gathering and saving this significant part of American culture. A must for all advertising and ephemera buffs., 493 color photos, 11" x 8 1/2", Price Guide/Index"

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