“Waiter, is this an elephant in my soup?” “Oui madame.” What may sound like a Henny Youngman skit, could very well have been actual dialog between a restaurant patron and her waiter. But when the restaurant is in Paris and the language spoken is French, it sounds much more appetizing. Whether it’s speaking about […]
I don’t know if John Omir ever saw this poster, but if he had, his broad smile and inflated chest would hint that he knew something about its message. Patriotic broadsheets like this one from World War Two, were posted throughout British shipyards. They served as a reminder to the workers that they too […]
This Romanian postcard is a visual metaphor for post-World War Two Europe. Especially for the newly formed Communist block countries, of which Romania was one. Understanding the complexities of the geopolitical world is simplified by the sixteen rubber stamps that were pounded on the face of the card, each almost intentionally trying to obscure the […]
A Letter to the Editor, from the April 11, 1939 issue of Look Magazine. Some background information may be needed to appreciate Gert’s plea. On March 15, 1939, Nazi forces pounded through Czechoslovakia. There was little resistance, no international outrage, no offer of aid or support. Gert, her family, her friends, and her […]
Todays post has no ephemera attached. But, I thought it would be important to republish this article I wrote a few years ago. Today is the 100th anniversary of the start of what was and what is our future. On February 4th, 2012 the most influential event in the last one hundred years silently slipped from memory into […]
This 1844 letter describing a pleasure trip up the New Jersey coast to New York City, and points north, aboard the Steamboat Independence, is laden with sights and sounds of a time departed. It invites us into a world of tall ships and the quiet villages surrounding what today is the most iconic city in […]
Sometimes when technology meets fashion, the results can be awkward. Google Glass, Google’s foray into the consumer optical head mounted display market, is worn like a pair of glasses, making the wearer look like the offspring of Robo Cop and a spinster librarian. Which isn’t a bad thing, especially when compared to Tele-Eyeglasses. The […]
One of my more enjoyable pastimes is fingering through old magazines or newspapers reading the Classified Ads. From the elaborate display ads placed in Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper in the 1890’s to the pulp rags of modern times all advertisements have similarities. But like most things, ads bear the patina of the times that they were […]
My post, “How to Train Women,” describes the unflattering thoughts and the laughable attitude towards women, of Capt. Robert Bailie – Lion Trainer. This self-proclaimed master of beast and beauty, shares his Neanderthal wisdom in his “best seller” Taming ‘em!!! – A Lion Trainer’s Views On Handling Women. Included on the books dust cover is […]
“Little Boy” – its name poking fun at its extreme size and weight – descended into history on August 6, 1945. This atomic weapon was the result of the most concentrated scientific effort of the first half of the 20th century. It punctuated the American war effort that started in 1941, with the Japanese […]
We’ll be exploring the diverse world of paper ephemera, rediscovering the stories, and sometimes the treasures, these random artifacts hold.
To some readers the information will be a reminder, to others it will be an introduction. But, to all readers it will be a trip providing the humorous, the shocking, the scandalous, the outrageous, and the dubious. A trip that’s part archaeology and part sociology, both with a touch of whimsey.