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 about:
A tri-fold pamphlet for Wampole's Preparation led me on a research journey that took me from Philadelphia to Ontario, digging up all sorts of tidbits about this old pharmaceutical company.
And old advertising card from Maryland led me to dig up parts of the often-heartbreaking history of the Staley family.
A strange illustration of prehistoric creatures sent me off on some odd and interesting tangents.
An old postcard from Denmark helped me to learn about the long and surprising history of an alley.
A pamphlet filled with pig poetry told the story of a Pennsylvania journalist who had a fun side hobby.
I really don't discriminate when it comes to the pieces of paper and ephemera that I come across. I figure that every piece can tell a story. And I'm having a blast telling those stories on Papergreat.