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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:
Mendicant ephemera collection
Identifier: Case-folio-HV4493 .N49
Abstract Collection of printed poems, postcards, photographs, and other ephemera with appeals to the public by people who are blind, deaf, or with other physical disabilities, offered in exchange for a small donation. Geographic coverage is focused primarily on the United States but also includes Czech Republic, France, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Netherlands, Scandinavia, and Spain.
Dates: approximately 1850-approximately 2020
Michael Ehrmann postcard collection
Abstract Postcards from different geographical areas collected over time.
Native Americans in Film collection
Abstract Collection of movie scripts featuring Native American themes, characters, and actors, augmented by a variety of visual materials. Consists of over 300 items including scripts, press and promotional booklets, lobby cards, posters, and photographs.
Dates: 1912-2018; Majority of material found within 1932 - 1995
Never The Same ephemera collection
Abstract Ephemera collected by Never The Same, a project begun by Northwestern University Professor Rebecca Zorach and Daniel Tucker, founder of AREAChicago. Never The Same collects items documenting socially and politically engaged art in Chicago since the 1960s. Collection consists of brochures, fliers, postcards, pamphlets, posters, artwork, books, journals, CDs, DVDs, and 3-dimensional artifacts emanating from a wide variety of sources, both individual and organizational.
Norma B. Rubovits papers
Abstract Professional files and decorated, especially marbled papers assembled by Chicago paper artist Norma B. Rubovits. The specimen papers include about 1200 marbled by Ms. Rubovits herself and about as many marbled sheets that she acquired by exchange from other artists. Also here, many antique marbled endpapers salvaged from bindery waste.
Dates: 1800s-2009; Majority of material found within 1964 - 2009
P22 Type Foundry ephemera collection
Identifier: Case Wing folio-Z250-P88-1991
Abstract Various ephemera including promotional pieces, letterheads, catalogs, decals, booklets, font discs, product packaging, and other material and objects relating to or produced by P22 Type Foundry.
Paper specimen collection
Identifier: Case Wing folio-TS1220-N49
Abstract A collection of paper specimen sheets, catalogs, binding materials, and other advertising materials issued primarily by paper companies. Geographic coverage includes primarily the United States and continental Europe.
Dates: approximately 1900-ongoing; Majority of material found within 1970 - 2010
P.C. Darrow Printing Company collection
Identifier: Case Wing folio-Z232-P113 P33-1890
Abstract Various materials including promotional pieces, letterheads, letterhead envelopes, calendars, and a circular relating to the P.C. Darrow Printing Company.
Philip E. Vierling Illinois and Great Lakes postcard and ephemera collection
Abstract Postcards of Chicago scenes, including bridges, buildings, homes, lakefront and harbor, river, and major fairs; Illinois (mainly) canals, rivers, locks, bridges, and water- and wind-powered mills and factories; World War II Camp Grant; and Great Lakes region historic sites, especially forts. Also, Illinois and Michigan Canal notes and an 1832 House Report regarding the canal; miscellaneous 19th century receipts; a letter and advertising brochure for a Freeport businessman's rotary feed grinder;...
Portraits of Writing Masters and Mistresses
Identifier: Case Wing oversize-NE390-P67
Abstract Collection of 170 prints and manuscripts produced primarily in Europe between 1595 and 1878, the bulk of which were produced between 1650 and 1780. Most items were produced in London. The majority of items are portrait prints of writing masters and penmen, though there are also examples of writing samples, calligraphic art portraying religious scenes or theologians, as well as correspondence.
Dates: approximately 1595 to approximately 1878; Majority of material found within 1650 - 1780
Post-Fire Chicago ephemera collection
Abstract An assortment of over 50 pieces, including commercial ephemera (billheads, invoices, circulars, catalogs); theatrical and entertainment ephemera (handbills, programs) including operas, rodeo, and others; several snapshots; 1880 Prohibition ticket; 1880 Knights Templar ribbon; 1875 wee memorandum/calendar booklet; bound booklet of sample bank checks (1880s); White City News amusement company newsletter (1924); and many others.
Pre-Fire Chicago ephemera collection
Abstract Over 50 pieces of Pre-Fire Chicago ephemera from the 1850s to the early 1870s. Primarily commercial ephemera, including billheads, business letters, trade journals, invoices, commercial flyers, circulars and trade cards, receipts, and other documents. Industries represented include newspapers, railroad interests, stationers and printers, hosiery manufacturers, coffee pot manufacturers, school apparatus, masons, and many others.
Railroad ephemera collection
Abstract Collection of 19 pieces of ephemera, dating from the first half of the 19th century, relating to railroads in the United States and Lower Canada, including stock and loan certificates, scrip issued by railroads, and steel engravings and a pen-and-ink drawing of rail cars. Among the stock certificates are one for four shares in the Philadelphia & Reading Railroad Co., dated 1844; one for one share in the Union Canal Company of Pennsylvania, dated 1823; and two for shares in the Chicago &...
Rich Juvinall amusement park postcard collection
Abstract Postcards of amusement and theme parks, mostly of North America. Non-amusement park postcards (1 volume and 8 boxes) are related to Chicago, Comics, Route 34, Topical, and Miscellaneous. Collection includes two slide shows with scripts created by Juvinall to showcase Amusement park postcards.
Dates: approximately 1900-2014
Robert D. Ellis papers
Abstract Correspondence, business records, photograph lists, sales figures, expense accounts, and personal journals kept by Robert D. Ellis, who was a travelling photographer for Curt Teich & Co. from September 1956 through the early 1970s. His company was called Ellis-Sawyer (partner was Dick Sawyer) and they took many photographs of the American West for the company.
Dates: 1947-2004; Majority of material found within 1957 - 1970
Robert E. Wagner papers
Identifier: Case Wing folio-Z244.6-U5-W34
Abstract Materials collected by Robert E. Wagner between approximately 1880 and approximately 1931. Personal items include photographs of Wagner by Walinger of Chicago and golf memorabilia. The bulk of the materials relate to Wagner's Chicago printing and engraving company, Wagner & Hanson Company and include items such as business cards, letterheads, and photographs.
Dates: approximately 1880 to approximately 1931; Majority of material found within 1894 - 1931
Stanton A. Friedberg autograph collection
Abstract Autographed letters collected by Stanton A. Friedberg from pathologists Anton Frederick Hohl (1789-1862), Ludwig Traube (1818-1876), Christoph Wilhelm Hufeland (1762-1836), and anthropologist Johann Friedrich Blumenbach (1752-1840). Some letters include English translations by Friedberg (some written on Dr. Staton A. Friedberg letterhead, Chicago, 189[blank]).
Dates: approximately 1809-1876
Steele-Winters Family Papers
Abstract Correspondence, estate papers, family records, farm related accounts, diaries, cards, scrapbooks, yearbooks, oral histories, and photographs of the Steele and Winters families. Both families were early homesteaders and farmers in rural northwestern Illinois, settling in and around Bureau, Sangamon, and Winnebago Counties in Illinois in the early 1800s. Their extended families continue to live and farm in these areas to the present day.
Dates: 1860-2009; Majority of material found within 1900 - 1970
Stone & Kimball records
Abstract Papers of late 19th-early 20th century Chicago book publisher Stone & Kimball, consisting of original manuscripts and correspondence (primarily that of Herbert S. Stone) and authors George Ade, Arthur Conan Doyle, Henry James, and Eugene Field, among others. Correspondence is supplanted with photographs, original manuscripts, plays, writings, art posters, drawings, prints, newspaper clippings, contracts, agreements, receipts, and artifacts. The bulk of the collection includes material...
Stuart W. Miller Collection of Midwestern Recipe Books
Abstract Recipe books published in the Midwest throughout the twentieth century. Many books also contain housekeeping, etiquette, and fashion tips; instruction manuals; food and brand histories; or almanacs.
Temperance pledge collection
Abstract Collection of temperance pledge certificates representing many major temperance organizations (both American and trans-Atlantic), some families, and a variety of states and localities.
Dates: 1839-1970; Majority of material found within 1840 - 1940
Type specimen sheets and booklets
Identifier: Case Wing-Z250-A5
Abstract A collection of over 2500 type specimen sheets and other advertising materials issued by type foundries, typesetters, and printers that display typefaces, type families, or groups of types. Geographic coverage includes United States, Great Britain, and continental Europe.
V.O. Hammon Company postcard collection
Abstract This collection is a nearly complete archive of the V.O. Hammon Company, postcard publishers with offices in Chicago and Minneapolis, which operated from about 1904 to 1923. Donated by Chicago’s Windy City Postcard Club and previously owned by Grant Schmalgemeier, the collection consists of more than 5,000 view and advertising postcards of Midwestern towns and cities.
Dates: approximately 1900-1920s
Vytautas Virkau Papers
Abstract Consists mainly of correspondence, exhibition materials, ex libris examples, and periodicals relating to bookplates.
Dates: approximately 1966-approximately 2003; Majority of material found within 1975 - 1993
Willens & Company business and advertising specimens
Identifier: Wing-Modern-MS-Willens & Co.
Abstract Collection of business forms and cards, advertisements, and other commercial printing specimens created by Chicago printing firm Willens & Company. Also included in the collection are brochures, catalogs, and other text describing the products and services of the company and current rates. The specimens were originally compiled in a three-ring binder for a sales representative to demonstrate the company's line of "standardized advertising and printed necessities and to take orders for...