"QUANTUM SHOT" #526(rev) Link - article by Avi Abrams
In 100 years most of these items will be gone from the face of the Earth
Paper is indeed highly perishable, so it makes sense to preserve and digitize paper collectibles as a historical medium and a cultural heirloom - to display and appreciate the bygone era while we can still touch and feel these items. In a few dozen years... the pulp magazines will be gone, the old restaurant menus and travel brochures will wither and fade, and ephemera in general will become elusive and "ephemeric" indeed.
Previously in our "Ephemera Highlights" Part 1 we featured Marty Weil and his excellent Ephemera collection. Today we'll spotlight more tasty morsels from his site (sort of an "annual hit parade"), and also from Martin Klasch who featured several choice items in 2008:
Chinese fireworks rocket - to the Moon! I love how it "travels at high speeds and can travel long distances" - while the family on the label are all set to go up in flames as a "flammable rocket with report":
Ephemera explains a little about this interesting phenomena. See for example Venezuela's alternative bills, or Calgary Dollars (info, image on the right) -
Vintage Car Brochures and Car Magazines
Sometimes pieces of automotive ephemera contain the most outlandish vintage concept car designs, almost entirely forgotten today. See, for example, nice "Volvo" retro brochures at this Flickr set. It also has a strange Plymouth concept from 1960:
These are absolutely gorgeous! Rich with Art Deco and Art Nouveau influences, these gems of travel ephemera are preserved by Tom Schifanella - see for example, his pick of Top 10 Labels or incredibly detailed labels by Brügger Meiringen.
Want even more off-beat visual candy? Flickr provides lots of such browsing. You can find some pretty unlikely collections, such as a vintage Dutch sugar packets set, for example. Or the in-flight posters and labels from various airlines (that lady on the right seems to be positively enamoured with aviation) -
And of course - vintage movie posters! Thousands of the most delicious varieties! This subject requires a separate post, but for now - here are a couple of absolutely awesome movie posters (the movies were not so awesome, but who cares):
Now, "happiness" may still be a "warm gun" and hard to come by, but according to this vintage ad - happiness is owning and caring for the Sea Monkeys, bless them!
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