Monday, September 9, 2013

The Joys of Ephemera

Ephemera! As a corporate history writer and publisher, it’s one of my favorite resources. I even did a YouTube video on the uses on ephemera in business history celebrations. Delighted to pass along the news that The Library Company of Philadelphia and The Ephemera Society of America will join forces to present “Unmediated History: The Scholarly Study of 19th-Century Ephemera” on September 19-20 at the Library’s premises on 1314 Locust Street in Philly--a history-loving city that's always worth a visit.
Ephemera from's
history of Sandvik in the US
(courtesy of Sandvik)

The conference “seeks to further acknowledge and promote printed and graphic ephemera not only as sources of striking illustrative images, but also as primary evidence in the reconstruction of popular movements and visual cultures.” Business travel makes it impossible for me to attend, but I hope you can do so. To learn more about the conference, click here. The Library Company asks that you register for the event. For questions, call them at 215-546-3181 or e-mail Alison McMenamin there. 

Dictionary definition of ephemera, courtesy of Merriam-Webster: "paper items (as posters, broadsides, and tickets) that were originally meant to be discarded after use but have since become collectibles."