Wood type letter E from an ad in the October 20, 1883 issue of the newspaper

Trade card (detail)

Advertising cover, 1897

Carpets trade card, 1882

Chicago Weekly News advertising cover (detail), 1880s

Boston Albany Railroad logo, 1900

Northwestern stamp works advertising cover (back)

Dick Sheaff collects postal history, trade cards, marbled paper, early letterpress printing, billheads, stamps, trade cards, broadsides, tickets, etcetera collectively termed Ephemera. The term is used for transitory written and printed matter not intended to be retained or preserved. The word derives from the Greek, meaning things lasting no more than a day. Luckily Sheaff makes sure these things are preserved and set up a database. Thus far he created an impressive collection of vintage ads and early letterpress printings.

What a treasure this site!

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