Ephemera

Catalog example
Agricultural machinery catalog from Harrison Machine Works of Belleville, Illinois.
 
Flyer example
Poster for a theatre group in Claremont, California.
Flyer example
Flyer for a draft resistance event held during the Vietnam War.
 
Tickets example
Tickets from the Silver Beach Amusement Park, St. Joseph, Michigan, in the early 1900s.

Ephemera are printed materials intended to have a short lifespan. They're valuable sources for studying social history and popular culture.

Examples:

  • ticket stubs
  • greeting cards
  • concert programs
  • event flyers
  • bus schedules
  • tourist maps
  • sales catalogs
  • postcards
  • product packaging
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