I really like printed ephemera - all those old, small historical materials that were made to be used once and then thrown away such as programs, menus, and tickets. My bookmark collecting made me even more receptive and sensitive to collecting ephemera professionally especially as they helped document the various historical subjects in the libraries where I once worked.
Paper bookmarks are classified as ephemera although they are intended for repeated use. My collection contains many examples of early paper and celluloid bookmarks. Most are in the category of 'advertising' or 'die-cut' - those cut in the shape of things, and I have great examples in the collection of both types.
This entry is a repost of the original blog post by Lois Densky-Wolff on the website of
The Ephemera Society of America (ESA) from 2011.
Elly van der Horst
Great article: thank you Lois!
Thank you for this excellent story, Lois. I hope it will inspire more people to tell about their collections and collecting habits.
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