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Ephemera are printed items that were originally expected to have only short-term use or popularity. Postcard collections are listed here, as well as advertisements, fliers, print samples, programs, and broadsides.
Found in 76 Collections and/or Records:
Franklin and Penelope Rosemont collection of IWW publications and ephemera
Abstract Publications, official documents, song books, and other materials created by and related to the Industrial Workers of the World, an historic union and labor organization.
Dates: 1905-2005; Majority of material found within 1905 - 1935
Gertrude Lueneburg Carrier Papers
Abstract Chicago calligrapher, illuminator, and designer. The papers consist largely of roughs and correspondence relating to freelance design and lettering projects. There are also a few student works and some juvenalia.
Gintautas Vezys Bookplate Collection
Abstract Collection of more than 4700 bookplates and related ephemera assembled by Lithuanian–American publisher and scholar, Gintautas Vezys. Bookplates were individually designed and hand-printed, and were executed by primarily Lithuanian artists.
Dates: approximately 1958-approximately 2006
Grant B. Schmalgemeier Century of Progress postcard collection
Abstract This collection was a gift from Chicago postcard collector, Grant B. Schmalgemeier. It consists of 3,000 postcards of the 1933-34 Chicago World's Fair. The collection provides a comprehensive look at the fair, and includes postcards of the rides and attractions.
Harold L. Stuart Travel Scrapbooks
Abstract Scrapbooks compiled by Chicago investment banker Harold L. Stuart documenting his travels in Europe from 1912 to 1939. Contains travel ephemera and written narratives of each trip.
Harris-Seybold Company publications
Identifier: Case Wing folio-Z249-M457
Abstract 113 various Harris-Seybold Company publications and advertising materials created and collected by account executive John A. McKinven, between 1945 and 1956. The Harris-Seybold Company was a leading manufacturer of lithographic and letterpress printing equipment, and was located in Cleveland, Ohio.
Helaine Victoria Press ephemera collection
Identifier: Case Wing folio-Z232-H433 H45-1973
Abstract 102 items created by Helaine Victoria Press between 1973 and 1995. Includes postcards, bookmarks, catalogs, newsletters, promotional materials, broadsides, and other printed ephemera.
Dates: 1973-1995; Majority of material found within 1973 - 1989
Helen A. Sclair ephemera collection
Identifier: Wing-Modern-MS-Sclair Ephemera
Abstract Memorial cards and ribbons, funeral programs, cemetery and mortuary advertisements and signs, and other printed ephemera relating to death, mourning, and the funeral industry, collected by scholar Helen A. Sclair.
Italian Religious Broadsides
Identifier: Case Wing oversize-ZC 93-185
Abstract Collection of 154 religious broadsides printed in Italy between 1611 and 1697. These broadsides were issued for various Catholic feast days and other religious occasions; the majority of items feature sonnets related to these topics. Many broadsides were commissioned by confraternities or trade guilds and most were dedicated to clerical or noble patrons of these organizations.
James Dunwoody Collection of Travel Postcards
Abstract Collection of domestic and international postcards and a small amount of other ephemera including trade cards, greeting cards, and viewbooks.
Dates: approximately 1900-1982
James Francis Driscoll collection of American sheet music
Abstract The James Francis Driscoll collection of American sheet music, amassed by engineer and organist J. Francis Driscoll (1875-1959), is one of the largest and most representative collections of its kind. The approximated 80,000 pieces of sheet music and related material were arranged into sections by Driscoll himself, and reflect his collecting interests and preferences. Some of the music is arranged according to imprint information (i.e. American imprints, publishers’ imprints, illustrated...
Dates: approximately 1770s-1959
James R. Powell Route 66 postcard collection
Abstract This collection consists of 4,000 printed and real photograph postcards of the eight states Route 66 runs through, mainly dating from the mid-1920s through the 1960s. The images document the highway, tourist attractions, and roadside architecture such as motels, service stations, restaurants, and diners.
Jesse Markow collection of political and World's Columbian Exposition ephemera
Abstract Tickets, programs, menus, and ephemera relating to political functions from 1888 to 1929, particularly the Democratic Party, New York mayoral politics, the Hungarian Republican Club of New York, the Coronation of King George IV, and the United States Congress. Additionally, collection contains ephemera and tickets from the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition.
John Blew collection on Wright Howes, Zoe Howes, and U.S.IANA
Abstract Correspondence, genealogical research, photographs, interviews, writings, and other materials related to the lives and careers of Wright and Zoe Howes, their families, and Wright Howes' bibliographical work U.S.IANA. Materials were compiled by John Blew, a Chicago lawyer and book collector who became interested in the life of Wright Howes through his use of Howes' U.S.IANA.
Dates: 1790s-2012; Majority of material found within 1870-1999
John High collection
Abstract This collection is a gift from New York actor John High, and consists of pre-World War I postcards, including a premier collection of woven silks and Stevengraphs. Other categories in this collection include Alphonse Mucha, Charles Dickens, William Shakespeare, Peter Pan, Alice in Wonderland, jigsaw puzzles, “hold-to-lights” and copper windows, the four seasons, twelve months of the year, and crosswords.
Dates: approximately 1890s-1910s
John I. Monroe collection of artist signed postcards
Abstract Artistic postcards from late 19th century to the early 20th century. Common themes include women, whimsical and romantic scenes, and buildings.
John M. Wing Foundation printing ephemera collection
Abstract Printed ephemera from a variety of companies, organizations, and individuals, mostly concerned with printing, publishing, graphic design, and related book arts. Geographic coverage includes North America, Great Britain, Europe and East Asia.
Dates: approximately 1750-ongoing; Majority of material found within 1900-1999
Jon C. Acker collection of birth, baptismal, confirmation, and marriage certificates
Abstract Birth, baptismal, confirmation, and marriage certificates, etc. from Europe and North America, in a multitude of languages, and combination of print and manuscript. The earliest certificates are from the 17th century, and the latest from the mid-20th century, and display a variety of printing techniques and certificate form styles.
Leonard A. Lauder collection of Raphael Tuck & Sons postcards
Abstract This collection, a gift of Leonard A. Lauder, consists of more than 26,000 unique (35,000 total) Raphael Tuck & Sons postcards, mainly the Oilette series. The Tuck Company began operating in England in 1866, and started printing picture postcards in 1894. Oilette postcards, introduced in 1903, were the work of many different artists employed by the company and encompassed a great variety of subject matter, including country and farm scenes, landscapes, and churches. Tuck described Oilettes...
Dates: approximately 1903-1959
LeRoy Blommaert Collection of Chicago Suburban Timetables
Abstract The LeRoy Blommaert Collection of Chicago Suburban Timetables contains timetables for Chicago suburban railroad lines. The collection highlights the corresponding railroad lines: Burlington Route, Illinois Central, North Shore Line, Rock Island, and South Shore Line.
LeRoy Blommaert Collection of Railroad Timetables and Advertising Materials
Identifier: Midwest-MS-Blommaert 2
Abstract Railroad timetables, guides, advertising material, and other railroad ephemera collected by LeRoy Blommaert. Materials document over a century of railroad travel and tourism throughout the United States, with some items from Canada, Mexico, England, and Switzerland.
Dates: 1850-1982; Majority of material found within 1850 - 1970
Letterhead and stationery collection
Identifier: Case Wing folio-NC1002-.L47-L48
Abstract This is a growing collection of letterheads, envelopes, and stationery sheets. Geographic coverage includes the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom. The bulk of materials come from Illinois, particularly the Chicago region. Most items were issued between approximately 1900 and approximately 1925.
Dates: approximately 1900-ongoing; Majority of material found within 1910 - 1925
Louise Hall postcard collection
Abstract Over 600 postcards donated by Louise D. Hall. They cover a variety of subjects, including holidays, romantic couples, portraits, children, and countries.
Dates: approximately 1900-1930
Martinengo dalle Palle collection of Italian death notices
Identifier: Case Wing folio-CS764-.M37
Abstract Collection of 119 Italian death notices, primarily for members of the Martinengo family and other families of the Venetian nobility, collected by different members of the Martinengo dalle Palle family of Brescia and Venice throughout the 19th century. While most were printed in Venice, several were printed in Brescia or Padua. More than thirty different printers and presses are represented in the collection.
Meisterschule für das graphische Gewerbe zu Leipzig Collection of Ephemera
Identifier: Case Wing-oversize-ZA 3 .498
Abstract A collection of 179 miscellaneous specimens of work executed at the Meisterschule für das Graphische Gewerbe zu Leipzig, including booklets, broadsides, school announcements, commercial advertisements, and book jackets. Creation dates range from approximately 1920 to approximately 1938.
Dates: approximately 1920 to approximately 1938; Majority of material found within 1936 - 1938