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Vintage Ephemera Blog: Old Paper, Postcards, Maps, Advertising and more

I am a collector.

I have been a professional Property Master for Theatre, Film & TV for over twenty years. Somewhere near the beginning of my time as a Prop Guy I began to discover the magic of old things (furniture, toys, antiques, household items). Though I still have an interest in lots of different antiques and vintage items, paper ephemera items seem to have some of the most interesting and diverse stories to tell. My collection began simply as props and research elements I would pick up in antique stores, thrift shops and auctions. But i began to realize after the items had served there usefulness for the particular show, that they still had more to tell me.

One of my favorite quotes is from the poet Pablo Neruda's poem Ode To Common Things:

I love
these buttons
and wheels
and little forgotten
fans upon
whose feathers
love has scattered
its blossoms,
glasses, knives and
all bear
the trace
of someone's fingers
on their handle or surface,
the trace of a distant hand
in the depths of forgetfulness

And so my journey with the "things" began.

In the past decade I have enjoyed delving deeper into the history behind some of the pieces I have collected as well as exploring the rich stories that extend out beyond them. I started blogging a couple years ago and have a facebook page as well for my 9 Miles of Antiques and Ephemera sales.

My blog has been, up to now, a little meandering with some posts focused on interesting items in my collection, stories on interesting epehemera pieces up for auction or important recent discoveries. I have also started a calendar of upcoming paper ephemera shows around the country.

My hope for this course is to focus my blog so that I can more regularly post on the topics above as well as others related to my passion for these small pieces of our history. I also want to simplify my process for finding stories that readers will find intriguing on this topic and become a true resource for the collecting world of Ephemera. A world which spans a multitude of sub-fields of interest from postcards to sports cards, road maps to railway maps, old letters and correspondence to journals and address books. matchbooks to diner placemats. All of these little items from our daily life have something to tell us about our collective past, a memory to pass on to the future.


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