Monthly Archives: October 2019

From Rags to Riches, not Ruin: Papermaking, Preservation, and Conservation

From Rags to Riches, not Ruin: Papermaking, Preservation, and Conservation

Exploring Antique Technologies by Kary Pardy It’s no accident that when we think of ephemera, we think of printed materials. Paper, though powerful as a vessel for art and the written word, is not prized for its durability. The very makeup of paper involves breaking other substances down to reshape them into something thin and […]

Publisher’s Corner: November 2019

Publisher’s Corner: November 2019

Living in a Miniature World by Maxine Carter-Lome Recently I read Bill Dedman and Paul Clark Newell, Jr.’s book Empty Mansions (Ballantine Books, 2013), the amazing story of William A. Clark (1839-1925), one of America’s lesser known Gilded Age industrialists, and his recluse daughter, Huguette Clark (1906-2011), who became one of the greatest 20th century […]

Star Wars: Movie Poster Collecting Strikes Back

Star Wars: Movie Poster Collecting Strikes Back

Comic Character Collectibles by J.C. Vaughn With Star Wars: Episode IX –The Rise of Skywalker due in theaters December 20, 2019, it seems like as good a time as any to take a look at the market for movie posters from the cinema empire created by George Lucas back in 1977 with the release of […]

19th Century Printers and Their Trade Cards

19th Century Printers and Their Trade Cards

by Richard Sheaff In the days before the profession of “graphic design” came into existence, commercially printed work nonetheless sometimes displayed a surprising degree of sophistication. That sophistication came from the talents of typesetters and printers and engravers, none of whom would have titled himself or herself as a “graphic designer.” For far too many […]

Victorian Scrapbooks

Victorian Scrapbooks

Bound Memories & Scraps of Ephemera by Maxine Carter-Lome This album I’ve made is much more than a book. It’s worth even more than the time that it took. – Kimberly Rinehart, A Scrapbooker’s Verse Collecting and preserving information, thoughts, images, and mementos, whether for prosperity, education, personal reflection or enjoyment, is a pastime as […]

Gavels 'n' Paddles: BB King's Gibson guitar, $280,000, Julien's Auctions

Gavels 'n' Paddles: BB King's Gibson guitar, $280,000, Julien's Auctions

Results of Recent Auctions From Near and Far by Ken Hall BB King’s beloved, stage-played “Lucille” black Gibson ES-345 prototype limited edition guitar, gifted by Gibson to King for his 80th birthday, sold for $280,000 as a sale of property from King’s estate held September 21st by Julien’s Auctions in Los Angeles, Calif. Also, King’s […]

What’s Selling on eBay: October 2019

What’s Selling on eBay: October 2019

by Deborah Abernethy and Mike McLeod $2,650 (48 bids, 14 bidders): Cap’n Hanks 1 Gallon Tin Litho Oyster Can packed for Hanks Seafood Co. Easton, Maryland. I have not run across this one before. Love the colors! Great image of Captain Hank. The front does show some age and usage wear. There are small little […]

Paper Dolls: Fashion and Culture

Paper Dolls: Fashion and Culture

by Judy Gonyeau For many women, their first ideas of fussing over their wardrobe began with paper dolls. From complete outfits and accessories, the idea of mixing and matching to achieve the best look—based upon her own choices—turned many girls to fashionistas. The paper dolls as we know them today may not be the first […]

Gavels 'n' Paddles: M.C. Escher woodblock print, $98,400, Clars Auction Gallery

Gavels 'n' Paddles: M.C. Escher woodblock print, $98,400, Clars Auction Gallery

Results of Recent Auctions From Near and Far by Ken Hall A 13-foot woodblock print by M.C. Escher (Dutch, 1898-1972), titled Metamorphosis II (1939-1940), sold for $98,400 at an auction held Sept. 14-15 by Clars Auction Gallery in Oakland, Calif. Also, an oil on canvas by Vladimir Becic (Croatian, 1886-1954), titled Landscape, Bosnia #1, soared […]

Collectible Paper Dolls From Hallmark

Collectible Paper Dolls From Hallmark

Photos and story by Donald-Brian Johnson “You’ll find collecting Hallmark Dolls is really lots of fun, and here’s a little album with a place for every one!” – Hallmark, 1948 Over the years, almost every person of note (or notoriety) has been immortalized in colorful paper dolldom. There are Nancy Reagan paper dolls (Ron, too). […]