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Abstract: The Chicago Century of Progress International Exposition was held along Lake Michigan and Northerly Island Park from May 27, 1933 to November 1, 1933. The theme was "Science Finds, Industry Applies, Man Conforms." This collections consists of two items from the Exposition. One item is a folded card containing five sets of sewing needles and a threader. The second item is a set of eleven souvenir cards from Ripley's Believe It Or Not Odditorium, with original envelope and booklet.
Abstract: The New York World's Fair took place in Flushing Meadows, Queens from April 30, 1939 to October 31, 1940. Nearly 45 million people visited the New York World's Fair. The theme was "The World of Tomorrow." This collections consists of four items from the New York World's Fair of 1939-1940: a set of poster stamps, a ticket book, an advertisement for Coca-Cola, and a Scot Tissue paper towel wrapper.
Abstract: World's Fairs or International Expositions are large-scale exhibitions that highlight technology, agriculture and other innovations of national or cultural significance. The 1964 New York World's Fair was held in Flushing Meadows, New York from April 22, 1964 to October 18, 1964, and then again from April 25, 1965 to October 17, 1965. The theme was "Peace Through understanding." This small collection consists of four ephemera items from the 1964 New York World's Fair.
Abstract: The General Motors Corporation is an American automobile manufacturing company headquartered in Detroit, Michigan, and known for the Buick, Cadillac, GMC and Chevrolet models. The 1964 New York World's Fair was held in Flushing Meadows, New York from April 22, 1964 to October 18, 1964, and then again from April 25, 1965 to October 17, 1965. The theme was "Peace Through understanding." The General Motors exhibit titled, "Futurama II' showed superhighways and ultramodern architecture. This item is a mailable one-fold brochure about the General Motors display at the New York World's Fair.
Abstract: World's Fairs or International Expositions are large-scale exhibitions that highlight technology, agriculture, and other innovations of national or cultural significance. The 1964 New York World's Fair was held in Flushing Meadows, New York, from April 22, 1964 to October 18, 1964, and then again from April 25, 1965 to October 17, 1965. The theme was "Peace through Understanding." This small collection consists of eight items from the 1964 New York World's Fair.
Abstract: World's Fairs or International Expositions are large-scale exhibitions that highlight technology, agriculture and other innovations of national or cultural significance. The 1964 New York World's Fair was held in Flushing Meadows, New York from April 22, 1964 to October 18, 1964, and then again from April 25, 1965 to October 17, 1965. The theme was "Peace Through understanding." This item is an advertising place mat printed in two colors with drawings of scenes from the upcoming world's fair.
Abstract: An advertising blotter is a small sheet of absorbent paper, printed with advertisement and created as a giveaway for promoting the business. The collection consists of advertising blotters from a variety of Philadelphia and Wilmington, Delaware businesses including a tailor, insurance companies, the Chicago and Northwestern Railway Company, stationery stores, and food suppliers.
Abstract: The Centennial International Exhibition of 1876 was the first official World's Fair to be held in the United States, and was held in Philadelphia to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence. Joseph Shields Wilson (1835-1903), founder of the Wilmington Steamboat Company, attended and this collection includes his pass and a photograph.
Abstract: The Centennial International Exhibition of 1876 celebrated the one hundreth anniversary of American Independence. Held in Fairmount Park in Philadelphia, it was the first major U.S. world's fair. This collection contains Centennial Exhibition photographs, albums, scrapbooks, and ephemera
Dates: circa 1872-1877
Abstract: A poster stamp is physically similar to a postage stamp, but it is without a face value or denomination. Poster stamps were created to commemorate and promote products, events, or ideas. The Exposition of Chemical Industries (now called The Chem Show) was first put on in 1915. It serves to bring together manufacturers and suppliers with people who work in the chemical process industry. This collection consists of gummed stickers with colorful images or designs advertising various functions and companies related to the chemical industry.
Abstract: Documents related to the Delaware State Trapshooting Championship, held at various locations throughout state, mainly Wilmington Trapshooting Association in Newark, Delaware and Silver Lake Sportsman's Association in Magnolia, Delaware. Also included are programs from the Grand American Trapshooting Tournament.
Abstract: E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company is a chemical company more commonly referred to as the DuPont company. The company was established in 1802 by Pierre Samuel du Pont de Nemours and his son Eleuthère Irénée du Pont the company began with the production of gunpowder. This item consists of two printed pieces: a Happy New Year 1993 greeting from Coley (P. Coleman) and Jake (James Coleman) du Pont and a reproduction of an Eagle gun powder label circa 1804.
Abstract: E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company is a chemical company more commonly referred to as the DuPont company. This small collections consists of five DuPont Company promotional items or giveaways, primarily related to Freon products.
Dates: circa 1930-1970
Abstract: Edith Marion DeBlois (1920-2000) was a native Canadian with an interest in foreign travel and a season pass to the Expo 67. Expo 67 was an international exposition that took place in in Montréal, Québec from April 27 to October 29, 1967 to celebrate Canada's centennial. The theme was "Man and his World." These materials were collected by DeBlois while attending Expo 67. This small collection includes many of the official guides and maps issued by the fair, as well as specialized pamphlets dealing with particular themes or exhibits. DeBlois also compiled a series of scrapbooks documenting her attendance at various exhibits and performances.
Abstract: Items with a specific and limited use, created with the intention of being discarded after serving their purpose, are called ephemera. This collection consists of mixed-format ephemera from various endeavors within American culture, primarily the manufacturing and selling of products or services.
Dates: circa 1848-1968
Abstract: Genevieve Pittner (1917-2007) of Monroe, Michigan, collected roller skating rink stickers between 1941 and 1942, amassing a large collection by exchanging stickers by mail with other collectors. This collection consists primarily of roller skating rink stickers during the World War II era. A large album contains most of the stickers in the collection; stickers are attached to album pages and arranged alphabetically by state.
Dates: circa 1941-1948
Abstract: Helen Baker Cushman (1922-) was the founder and manager of H.M. Baker Associates, consultants in business archives and records from 1958 to 1993, headquartered in Westfield, New Jersey. In the course of conducting her business, Cushman collected a wide variety of business publications, trade cards, ephemera, and other memorabilia with special emphais on world expositions. She also assembled her own general picture archive for use in her business.
Dates: circa 1700-1993
Abstract: This handbill for the Jackson Park Garage on Stony Island Avenue in Chicago advertises its mechanical services and lists monthly specials for Ford 4, Chevrolet 6, and Pontiac 6 automobiles. The NRA (National Recovery Administration) eagle symbol is in the right corner. The National Recovery Administration was a U.S. government agency established during the Great Depression by President Franklin D. Roosevelt to stimulate business recovery through fair-practice codes. Companies that subscribed to the NRA codes were allowed to display a Blue Eagle emblem, as a symbol of cooperation with the NRA.
Found in: Published Collections
Abstract: John Margolies (1940-2016) was an American photographer and architecture critic with a fondness for novelty architecture. This is his personal collection of travel ephemera that he collected from across North America. These materials primarily cover the United States’ most popular tourist spots with an emphasis on the Northeast region of the United States.
Dates: 1870-2005; Majority of material found within 1920s-1960s
Abstract: John Margolies (1940-2016) was an American photographer and architecture critic with a fondness for novelty architecture. This is his personal collection of postcards and photographs from across North America. These materials primarily cover the United States’ most popular tourist spots along with various businesses. There is heavy coverage of the Northeast region of the United States, where Margolies lived most of his life. Postcards are primarily from the first half of the twentieth century, and photographs primarily span circa 1890-1920s. Postcards cover a wide range of subjects from famous attractions to local businesses, and photographs are almost entirely local businesses, many being interior views of family owned businesses with their owners. Few objects are contained within the collection, including signs from local businesses and a scrapbook from the honeymoon of an unidentified couple. A small amount of transparencies and negatives conclude the collection, which were used for the planning of some of Margolies books. It is important to note that this collection does not contain John Margolies original photography, except for the few postcards that advertise his exhibits.
Dates: 1880-2007; Majority of material found within 1910-1960s
Abstract: In 1875, Philadelphia merchant, John Wanamaker, bought a freight railroad depot at 13th and Market Streets and made it Philadelphia’s first department store. In 1909, Wanamaker bought a huge pipe organ and installed it in Grand Court of the new building. Octave Denis Victor Guillonnet (1872-1967) was a French painter and medallic artist. This collection is a folded momento with of a reproduction of "Adoration of the Magi" triptych painted by O. D. V. Guillonnet which was exhibited in the Organ Loft, Grand Court of the John Wanamaker store, Philadelphia.
Abstract: Trading stamps were small paper coupons, given to customers by merchants, that had a minimal cash value. Customers could save these coupons and exchange them with the trading stamp company for premiums. The use of these coupons grew with the proliferation of chain gas stations and supermarkets in the early 20th century. Two perforated sheets of "merchant's coupons" (possibly trading stamps) are included, one with fifteen stamps and the other with ten. The coupons in this collection have no markings to determine the merchant or trading stamp company of origin.
Dates: circa 1900
Abstract: Historically, a stock certificate is a paper record of ownership in a company. Certain information is included on a stock certificate: number of share, identification number, a corporate seal, and signatures. This collection consists of predominantly unissued stock certificates for American railroad companies. There are also four certificates of tax free municipal bonds of the City of Philadelphia.
Abstract: This oral history project was initiated to provide supplementary material for Hagley’s 2015 exhibit, Driving Desire, that feature items from the Z. Taylor Vinson Transportation Collection. The three interviewees are; Rick Shnitzler, Fred Simeone, and Yann Saunders, all were personal acquaintances of Z. Taylor Vinson as well as highly involved in either collecting or dealing auto ephemera and/or automobiles.
Abstract: Roller skating was a popular recreational hobby between 1935 through the 1970s. Starting in the early 1940s, a handful of enterprising roller skating rink owners looking for a way to promote their rinks began giving away colorful stickers printed with the name of the rink and a skating-related graphic. This collection primarily consists of roller staking rink stickers from various states in the United States and Canada. There are a few photographs of skaters and correspondence about sticker trading.
Dates: circa 1940s-1970s
Abstract: R.R. Wright (1913-2009) was an employee of the RCA Corporation, one of the country's leading manufacturers and vendors of radios, televisions, and consumer electronics products. This is a small collection of ephemera Wright preserved throughout his thirty-three year long career with the company. Included are sample publications, manuals, stationery and small artifacts with RCA logos or advertising.
Abstract: Sears, Roebuck & Company is a department store chain. This collection consists of seven pieces of ephemera from the company.
Abstract: The Singer Company was once the world's leading producer of sewing machines that achieved peak domestic and foreign influence by the late nineteenth century. The collection consists of photographs, trade cards and other ephemera related to the Singer Company. Most of the photographs feature Singer sewing machines and many of these are identified by date and model number.
Dates: circa 1857-1951
Abstract: The Sunoco Oil Company is a leading provider of oil for the United States. The company was founded in the 1800s in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and is currently based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. This collection features an event program cut in the shape of the diamond and arrow Sunoco logo. The program contains a menu for the banquet, a list of special guests, caricatures of some of the bowlers, as well as the results of the company's employee bowling league's 1931-1932 season.
Abstract: Printing companies often produce sample books, which contain actual samples, not just illustrations. This album contains mostly small pre-printed cards either folded or meant to be folded and used as invitations, dance cards, and programs.
Dates: circa 1880
Abstract: William F. Endress, Inc. was a coal and ice supplier at 66 Foote Ave. in Jamestown, New York. The company was founded by Colonel William Fries Endress (1855-1935). In 1897, Endress purchased three existing brickyards owned by M.J. Mecusker & Sons, Jamestown Shale Paving Company, and C.A. Morley, Jr., which he then consolidated into a wholesale and retail establishment selling brick, wood, cement, and tile, but which specialized in the sale of anthracite, bituminous, and lignite coal. In 1902, Endress expanded into the ice and cold storage business, opening the first freezer storage facility in the city.
This collection consists of ten perforated pages containing six coupons each. Each coupon was redeemable for twenty-five pounds of ice from William F. Endress, Inc.
This collection consists of ten perforated pages containing six coupons each. Each coupon was redeemable for twenty-five pounds of ice from William F. Endress, Inc.
Dates: circa 1920
Abstract: Wilmington is the largest city in Delaware located on the Christiana and Brandywine Rivers. These are sixteen small, gummed, and perforated stamps showing sepia photographic views of Wilmington, Delaware.
Abstract: World's Columbian Exposition, the Chicago World's Fair which was staged from May to October, 1893, commemorated 400 years since Columbus's New World arrival. This small collection consists of four printed tickets to the World's Columbian Exposition, each bearing a different portrait: George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Christopher Columbus, a Native American.
Abstract: World's Columbian Exposition, the Chicago World's Fair which was staged from May to October, 1893, commemorated 400 years since Columbus's New World arrival. Souvenir paper fan containing a colored lithographic bird's-eye-view of the fairgrounds.
Dates: circa 1893
Abstract: World's Fairs or International Expositions are large-scale exhibitions that highlight technology, agriculture and other innovations of national or cultural significance. These fairs are open to the general public and can run for three weeks to six months. This is a small collection of ephemera from various World's Fairs.
Found in: Published Collections
Abstract: Consists of Z. Taylor Vinson's collection of transportation ephemera, which focuses primarily on automobile history but also documents other forms of transportation. Includes trade catalogs, books, magazines, and artifacts in addition to manuscripts relating to Vinson's career at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Dates: 1860-2011; bulk 1893-2009
- Subject: Ephemera X
- Audiovisual Collections 29
- Manuscripts and Archives 5
- Published Collections 2
- Exhibitions 13
- Advertisements 7
- Exhibition buildings 5
- Automobile industry and trade 3
- Curiosities and wonders 3
- Department stores 2
- Hotels 2
- Periodicals 2
- Postcards 2
- Recreation 2
- Roller-skating rinks 2
- Scrapbooks 2
- Sewing -- Equipment and supplies 2
- Tourism 2
- Trade cards 2
- Transportation—Aesthetic aspects 2
- United States -- Description and travel 2
- Automobile dealers 1
- Automobile repair shops 1
- Chemical industry 1
- Chicago (Ill.) 1
- Clothing and dress 1
- Construction projects 1
- Correspondence 1
- Coupons (Retail trade) 1
- Electronic industries 1
- Electronic industry workers 1
- Fairmount Park (Philadelphia, Pa.) 1
- Fliers (Printed matter) 1
- Gunpowder industry 1
- Hexafluoroethane 1
- Historic sites 1
- Hygiene products 1
- Ice boxes 1
- Ice industry 1
- Industrial recreation 1
- Labels 1
- Laundry -- Equipment and supplies 1
- Mail-order business 1
- Maps 1
- Medicine 1
- Merchandising 1
- Merchants 1
- New York (N.Y.) 1
- Oral histories 1
- Petroleum industry and trade 1
- Photograph albums 1
- Printing industry 1
- Public buildings 1
- Racism in popular culture 1
- Railroads 1
- Railroads -- Rolling stock 1
- Refrigerants 1
- Roadside architecture 1
- Sales promotion 1
- Sample books 1
- Sculpture 1
- Sewing-machine industry 1
- Souvenirs 1
- Television 1
- Trade catalogs 1
- Trapshooting 1
- Washing machines 1
- Wilmington (Del.) 1
- Women-owned business enterprises 1
- World War, 1939-1945 1 ∧ less
- New York World's Fair (1964-1965 : New York, N.Y.) 5
- Unknown 4
- Centennial Exhibition (1876 : Philadelphia, Pa.) 2
- Century of Progress International Exposition (1933-1934 : Chicago, Ill.) 2
- E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company 2
- Margolies, John 2
- New York World's Fair (1939-1940 : New York, N.Y.) 2
- Vinson, Z. Taylor 2
- World’s Columbian Exposition (1893 : Chicago, Ill.) 2
- Amateur Trapshooting Association 1
- Canada Southern Railway Company 1
- Cincinnati Northern Railroad Company 1
- Cincinnati, Hamilton and Dayton Railroad Company 1
- Cleveland & Toledo Railroad 1
- Cleveland, Cincinnati, Chicago and St. Louis Railway Company 1
- Cleveland, Columbus, Cincinnati and Indianapolis Railway Company 1
- Cleveland, Painesville, and Ashtabula Rail Road Company 1
- Cushman, Helen Baker 1
- DeBlois, Edith Marion, 1920-2000 1
- Del-Mar News Agency 1
- Delaware State Trapshoot 1
- Expo (International Exhibitions Bureau) (1967 : Montreal, Quebec) 1
- Fingerman, Arlene 1
- Fingerman, Gerald 1
- General Motors Corporation 1
- Grand American World Trapshooting Tournament 1
- Guillonnet, Octave Denis Victor 1
- Hagley Museum and Library. Library. Oral History Project Office 1
- Jackson Park Garage 1
- John Wanamaker (Firm) 1
- Lake Shore & Michigan Southern Railway 1
- Little Falls & Dolgeville Railroad 1
- Mahoning Coal Railroad Company 1
- McKeesport and Belle Vernon Railroad Company 1
- Merchants Despatch Transportation Company 1
- Michigan Central Railroad Company 1
- Michigan Southern and Northern Indiana Railroad Company 1
- New York and Northern Railway Company 1
- New York and Ottawa Railway Company 1
- New York, West Shore & Buffalo Railroad 1
- Niagara Falls Branch Railroad 1
- Peoria and Eastern Railway Company 1
- Pittner, Genevieve, 1917-2007 1
- Pruett, Gretchen (staff) 1
- RCA Corporation 1
- Rome, Watertown & Ogdensburg Railroad Company 1
- Sears, Roebuck and Company 1
- Silver Lake Sportsman Association (Magnolia, Del.) 1
- Singer Company 1
- Sun Company 1
- Ulster & Delaware Railroad 1
- United States. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration 1
- Utica and Schenectady Rail Road Company 1
- Vinson family 1
- Wallkill Valley Railroad 1
- William F. Endress, Inc. 1
- Wilmington Trapshooting Association (Newark, Del.) 1
- Wilson, Joseph Shields, 1835-1903 1
- Wright, Richard R., 1913-2009 1 ∧ less