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Looking through a special events booklet from 1973 VFW convention in New Orleans

This old booklet, nearly four decades old, was distributed to delegates and guests at the Veterans of Foreign Wars' 74th national convention in New Orleans, which was held from August 17-24, 1973.

It's a treasure trove of history. There's an advertisement, for example, for the Louisiana Maritime Museum…


Added by Chris Otto on September 9, 2012 at 10:45am — No Comments

Black-and-white souvenir photos from 1939 New York World's Fair

I came across some old black-and-white photos from a World's Fair. Very neat stuff. I am NOT an expert or collector on World's Fair items, but they certainly pique my interest...

See more of the B&W photos here:…


Added by Chris Otto on July 3, 2012 at 12:54pm — No Comments

Is there beauty in old library circulation cards? Are they ephemera?

I say yes..

See another one here:…


Added by Chris Otto on July 3, 2012 at 12:50pm — No Comments

Celebrating the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II

I have a small collection of vintage postcards of the Royal Family that is fun to look at, with this being the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II. Check them out here:…


Added by Chris Otto on June 10, 2012 at 11:38am — 1 Comment

Trying to translate a 1977 Slovenian almanac

I found this book in Salvation Army hrift store in Kane, Pa., while my wife and I were celebrating our anniversary. The small volume -- it measures 4 inches wide by 5½ inches tall -- is a 1977 almanac published in what was then the Socialist Republic of Slovenia.

Checking out…


Added by Chris Otto on April 30, 2012 at 12:34pm — No Comments

Happy Saint Patrick's Day -- Share your Irish ephemera

Happy Saint Patrick's Day! Perhaps we can all share out Ireland-theme ephemera today. I published a blog post with three 1950s/1960s-era John Hinde postcards from Ireland. Check it out…

Added by Chris Otto on March 17, 2012 at 1:38pm — No Comments

Strange items found tucked away inside an old book

What's the weirdest piece of ephemera you've found tucked away inside an old book? I came across the following unexpected collection recently, which you can read about on my Papergreat…


Added by Chris Otto on January 28, 2012 at 3:16pm — No Comments

1961 Ginza Tokyu Hotel guest booklet

This 64-page staplebound booklet contains everything that a guest of the Ginza Tokyu Hotel would have needed to know in 1961, plus a fold-out color sightseeing map of Tokyo in the center.

See more of what's inside in this post on…


Added by Chris Otto on January 3, 2012 at 1:49pm — 1 Comment

1937 travel brochure for Poland

I recently blogged on my ephemera site, Papergreat, about this cool 1937 travel/tourism brochure for Poland.

The brochure was printed in Poland and appears to have been jointly produced by the League for the Promotion of Tourism (Liga…


Added by Chris Otto on November 3, 2011 at 8:07am — 2 Comments

My ephemera blog, Papergreat, earns mention in New York Times

About a week ago, my ephemera and history blog, Papergreat, earned a small mention in a New York Times story about the… Continue

Added by Chris Otto on August 14, 2011 at 12:42am — No Comments

The history and mystery of mermaids

At an auction here in York County, Pa., I picked up a bound volume of issues of The Art Journal from the year 1880. It's full of fascinating articles and illustrations (no advertisements, though, interestingly, enough).


One of the first things that caught my eye was a…


Added by Chris Otto on July 8, 2011 at 6:48pm — No Comments

The joy of researching ephemera

I'm not a collector of rare and expensive ephemera.

I'm not an expert on any one area of ephemera.

I'm not a dealer of ephemera.

No, I'm just a guy who likes coming across and collecting (cheap or free) pieces of paper and then researching their history. That's mostly what I write about on my ephemera blog, Papergreat.


Here are some examples of paper items I have written…


Added by Chris Otto on May 17, 2011 at 10:52pm — 4 Comments




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