This bibliography merely touches the top of the iceberg as
far as recording publications on ephemera. It begins with
a selection of writings on ephemera in general, paper, and
conservation. Following are citations to publications arranged
alphabetically by their subjects, Almanacs through Visiting
Cards. In addition to this list, please refer to the What Is Ephemera? section of this Web site where other writings
have been noted.
We encourage you to tell us your favorite ephemera categories
and to let
us know what we should add to this list of sources!
Air Transport Labels
Rewards of Merit
Hechtlinger, Adelaide and Wilbur Cross. The Complete book of
paper antiques. New York: Coward, McCann & Geoghegan, 1972.
Koppel, Lily. The Red Leather Diary: Reclaiming a Life Through the Pages of a Lost Journal. New York, Harper Collins, 2008.
Lewis, John Noel Claude. Collecting printed ephemera: a background
to social habits and social history, to eating and drinking, to
travel and heritage, and just for fun. London: Studio Vista,
Reed, Robert. Paper advertising collectibles: treasures from
almanacs to window signs. Norfolk, Va.: Antique Trader Books,
Rickards, Maurice. This is ephemera: collecting printed throwaways.
Brattleboro, Vt.: Gossamer Press, 1977.
Roylance, Dale. Graphic Americana: the art and technique of
printed ephemera from abecedaires to zoetropes. Princeton, NJ:
Princeton University Library, 1992.
Rickards, Maurice; Michael Twyman, ed. The Encyclopedia of ephemera:
a guide to the fragmentary documents of everyday life for the collector,
curator and historian. New York: Routledge, 2000.
Herring, Richard. Paper & paper making ancient and modern.
London, Eng.: Longman, Green, Longman, Roberts, & Green, 1863.
Hunter, Dard. Papermaking: the history and technique of an ancient
craft. New York: Dover Publications, 1978.
Krill, John. English artists paper: Renaissance to Regency.
London: Trefoil, 1987.
Leif, Irving P. An International sourcebook of paper history.
Hamden, Conn.: Archon, 1978.
Weeks, Lyman Horace. A history of paper-manufacturing in the
United States, 1690-1916. New York: Lockwood Trade Journal Co.,
Ellis, Margaret Holben. The Care of prints and drawings.
Nashville, Tenn.: American Association for State and local History,
Robert. The Restorer's handbook of drawings and prints. New
York: Van Nostrand Reinhold Co., 1977.
Reilly, James M. Care and identification of 19th-century photographic
prints. Rochester, NY: Eastman Kodak Co., 1986.
Rempel, Siegfried. The care of black and white photographic
collections: identification processes. Ottawa: Canadian Conservation
Sagraves, Barbara. A preservation guide: saving the past and
the present for the future. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1995.
Tuttle, Craig. An Ounce of Preservation: a guide to the care
of papers and photographs. Highland City, Fla.: Rainbow Books,
Weinstein, Robert A. Collection, use, and care of historical
photographs. Nashville, Tenn.: American Association for State
and Local History, 1977.
Air Transport Labels
Airline Artistry, Don Thomas, 1992.
Air Transport Label Catalog (Vol. 1-6), Don Thomas (editor):
- Volume 1A: Europe (Northern & Western Europe), 1993.
- Volume 1B: Europe (Southern & Eastern Europe), 1993.
- Volume 2: Great Britain/Ireland/Australia/New Zealand, 1991.
- Volume 3A: United States (A thru M)/Puerto Rico/Virgin Islands, 1993.
- Volume 3B: United States (N thru Z)/Canada/Caribbean, 1993.
- Volume 4: Latin America, 1991.
- Volume 5: Africa, 1991.
- Volume 6: Asia, 1991.
En Route: Label Art from the Golden Days of Air Travel, Lynn Johnson/Michael O'Leary, 1993.
Lindbergh and Commercial Aviation, Don Thomas, 1988.
Martin's Air Transport Label Catalog 1934, S.F. Martin, 1934.
Martin's Standard Air Transportation Label Catalog, S.F. Martin, 1937 (1971 reprint).
Nostalgia Artistica, Don Thomas, 1993.
Nostalgia Northamericana, Don Thomas, 1990.
Nostalgia Panamericana, Don Thomas, 1987.
Poster Art of the Airlines, Don Thomas, 1989.
Brigham, Clarence S. "An Account of American Almanacs and
their Value for Historical Study." Proceedings of the American
Antiquarian Society, vol. 35, 1925, pp. 194-209.
Drake, Milton. Almanacs of the United States. New York:
Scarecrow Press, 1962.
Sagendorph, Robb. America and her Almanacs. Dublin, NH and
Boston: Yankee, 1970.
Bell, R.C. The Boardgame book. Los Angeles: Knapp Press,
Freitag, Peter J. "The Values of industrial society as expressed
by board and card games." Ephemera Journal, Vol. 6,
1993, pp. 21-39.
Goodfellow, Caroline G. A Collector's guide to games and puzzles.
Secaucus, NJ: Chartwell, 1991.
Kayyem, Marisa. Victorian pleasures: American board and table
games of the nineteenth century from the Liman collection. New
York: Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery, Columbia University,
Whitehill, Bruce. Games: American boxed games and their makers,
1822-1992, with values. Radnor, Pa.: Wallace-Homestead Book
Coysh, A.W. Collecting Bookmarkers. Newton Abbott, Eng.
and Vancouver, Can.: David & Charles, 1974.
Sprake, Austin. Stevengraphs: the reference book on Thomas Stevens'
mounted silk woven pictures and silk woven bookmarkers. St.
Peter Port, Eng.: A. Sprake & M. Darby, 1968.
Allen, Charles D. American Book-Plates: A Guide to their Study.
New York: Hacker Art Books, 1968.
Arellanes, Audrey. Bookplates: A Selected Annotated Bibliography
of Periodical Literature. 1971.
Berryman, Florence Seville. Early American bookplates. Washington,
D.C.: The American Society of Bookplate Collectors and Designers,
Johnson, Fridolf. A Treasury of Bookplates from the Renaissance
to the Present. New York: Dover, 1977.
Lee, Brian North. London Bookplates. London: Bookplate Society,
Baumgardner, Georgia B. "Vignettes of the Past: American Historical
Broadsides through the War of 1812." Printing History.
vol. no., 1982, pp. 37-48.
Campbell, H.C. A Century of Ontario Broadsides, 1793-1893.
Toronto: Toronto Public Library, 1965.
Ford, Worthington Chauncey. Broadsides, ballads, &c. printed
in Massachusetts, 1639-1800. Boston: Massachusetts Historical
Rickards, Maurice. The Public Notice. Newton Abbott, Eng.:
David & Charles, 1973.
Shipton, Clifford K. Some Early Massachusetts Broadsides.
Boston: Massachusetts Historical Society, 1964.
Gabor, Mark. Art of the Calendar. London: Hodder & Stoughton,
Richards, E. G. Mapping time: the calendar and its history.
New York: Oxford University Press, 1999.
Cameo cards and Bella Landauer. Schoharie, NY: Ephemera
Society of America, 1992.
Allen, Alistair. The history of printed scraps. London:
New Cavendish Books, 1983.
Cate, Phillip Dennis. The color revolution: color lithography
in France, 1890-1900; with a translation by Margaret Needham of
Andrâe Mellerio's 1898 essay La lithographie originale en
couleurs. Santa Barbara : P. Smith, 1978.
Marzio, Peter C. The Democratic art : an exhibition on the history
of chromolithography in America, 1840-1900. Fort Worth, Tex.:
Amon Carter Museum, 1979.
McKinstry, E. Richard. Trade Catalogues at Winterthur: A Guide
to the Literature of Merchandising, 1750 to 1980. New York:
Garland Press, 1984.
Romaine, Lawrence. Guide to American Trade Catalogs, 1744-1900.
New York: Bowker, 1960.
Schlereth, Thomas J. "Mail-Order Catalogs as Resources in
Material Culture Studies." In: Artifacts and the American
Past. Nashville, Tenn.: American Association for State and Local
History, pp. 48-65.
Davis, Alec. Package and print: the development of container
and label design. London: Faber & Faber, 1967.
Last, Jay T. "California orange box labels." Ephemera
Journal, Vol. 1, 1987, pp. 11-13.
McClelland, Gordon T. and Jay T. Last. Fruit box labels: a collectors
guide. Beverly Hills, Cal.: Hillcrest Press, 1983.
Salkin, John and Laurie Gordon. Orange Crate Art. New York:
Warner Books, 1976.
Lichten, Frances. Fraktur: the illuminated manuscripts of the
Pennsylvania Dutch. Philadelphia: Free Library of Philadelphia,
Moyer, Dennis K. Fraktur writings and folk art drawings of the
Schwenkfelder Library collection. Kutztown, Pa.: Pennsylvania
German Society, 1998.
Shelley, Donald A. The Fraktur Writings or Illuminated Manuscripts
of the Pennsylvania Germans. Allentown, Pa.: Pennsylvania German
Folklore Society, 1961.
Weiser, Frederick S. "Fraktur." In Arts of the Pennsylvania
Germans, p. 230-264. New York: Published for the Henry Francis
du Pont Winterthur Museum by W.W. Norton & Co.,1983.
Chase, Ernest Duadley. The Romance of greeting cards: an historical
account of the origin, evolution, and development of the Christmas
card, valentine, and other forms of engraved or printed greetings
from the earliest days to the present time. Detroit: Tower Books,
Seddon, Laura. A Gallery of greetings: a guide to the Seddon
Collection of greeting cards in Manchester Polytechnic Library.
Manchester, Eng.: Manchester Polytechnic Library, 1992.
Stern, Ellen Stock. The Very best from Hallmark: greeting cards
through the years. New York: Abrams, 1988.
Landauer, Bella. Some early American lottery items. New
York: Privately printed at the Harbor Press, 1928.
Dancyger, Irene. A World of Women: an illustrated history of
women's magazines. Dublin, Ire.: Gill and Macmillan, 1978.
Edgar, Neal L. A History and Bibliography of American Magazines,
1810-1820. Metuchen, NJ: Scarecrow Press, 1975.
Garvey, Ellen Gruber. The Adman in the Parlor: magazines and
the gendering of consumer culture, 1880s-1910s. New York: Oxford
University Press, 1996.
Mott, Frank Luther. A History of American Magazines. Cambridge,
Mass.: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1957-1968.
Pierce, Sally. "Gleasons Pictorial: elevating and celebrating
American life." Ephemera Journal, Vol. 5, 1992, pp.
Richardson, Lyon N. A History of early American magazines, 1741-1789.
New York: Octagon Books, 1966.
White, Cynthia Leslie. Women's Magazines, 1693-1968. London,
Eng.: Joseph, 1970.
Wood, James Playsted. Magazines in the United States: their social
and economic influence. New York: Ronald Press Co., 1949.
Zuckerman, Mary Ellen. A History of Popular Women's Magazines
in the United States, 1792-1995. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood
Beresiner, Yasha and Colin Narbeth. The Story of Paper Money.
Newton Abbott, Eng.: David & Charles, 1973.
Friedberg, Robert and Jack Friedbert. Paper Money of the U.S.
New York: Sterling, 1975.
Newman, Eric P. The Early Paper Money of America: An Illustrated,
Historical, and Descriptive Compilation of Data
1686 to the
Year 1800. Racine, Wis.: Western Publishing, 1976.
Hamilton, Milton W. The Country printer: New York, State, 1785-1830.
New York: Columbia University Press, 1936.
Tebbel, John William. The Compact history of the American newspaper.
New York: Hawthorn Books, 1963.
Thomas, Isaiah. The History of printing in America: with a biography
of printers & an account of newspapers; edited by Marcus
A. McCorison from the second edition. New York: Weathervane Books,
Ackley, Edith Flack. Paper dolls: their history and how to make
them. Philadelphia; New York: J. B. Lippincott, 1939.
Ferguson, Barbara Chaney. The paper doll: a collector's guide
with prices. Des Moines, Iowa: Wallace-Homestead, 1982.
Howard, Marian B. Those fascinating paper dolls: an illustrated
handbook for collectors. New York : Dover, 1981.
Cynthia Erfurt. Precious paper dolls. Cumberland, Md.: Hobby
House Press, 1985.
Ryan, Edward. Paper soldiers: the illustrated history of printed
paper armies of the 18th, 19th & 20th
centuries. London, Eng.: Golden Age Editions, 1995.
Wallach, Anne Tolstoi. Paper dolls: how to find, recognize,
buy, collect, and sell the cutouts of two centuries. New York:
Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1982.
Young, Mary. A Collectors guide to paper dolls. Paducah,
Ky.: Collector Books, 1984.
Briggs, Asa. A Victorian portrait: Victorian life and values
as seen through the work of studio photographers. New York:
Harper & Row, 1989.
Davies, Thomas L. Shoots: a guide to your family's photographic
heritage. Danbury, NH: Addison House, 1977.
Henisch, Heinz K. The Photographic experience, 1839-1914: images
and attitudes. University Park, Pa.: Pennsylvania State University
Schnitzspahn, Karen L. An album of animal companions: a collection
of turn-of-the century photographs and ephemera. Red Bank, NJ:
Coast and Pines Press, 1995.
Shaw, Renata V. A Century of photographs, 1846-1946: selected
from the collections of the Library of Congress. Washington,
D.C.: Library of Congress, 1980.
University of Minnesota. University Art Museum. American identities:
cabinet card portraits, 1870-1910, from the Doan family collection.
Minneapolis: The Museum, 1985.
Welling, William. Collectors' guide to nineteenth-century photographs.
New York: Macmillan, 1976.
Beal, George. Playing cards and their story. Newton Abbot,
Eng.: David & Charles, 1975.
Bruce Museum. Play your cards: the Stuart and Marilyn R. Kaplan
playing card collection. Greenwich, Conn.: The Museum, 1996.
Hargrave, Catherine Perry. A History of playing cards and a
bibliography of cards and gaming: compiled and illustrated from
the old cards and books in the collection of the United States Playing
Card Company in Cincinnati. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co., 1930.
Keller, William B. A Catalogue of the Cary collection of playing
cards in the Yale University library. New Haven: The Library,
Mann, Sylvia. Collecting playing cards. New York: Bell Pub.
Peabody Institute. Library. The Cardboard court: playing cards
through history. Baltimore: The Institute, 1960.
Tilley, Roger. A History of playing cards. New York: C.
N. Potter, 1973.
Alderson, Frederick. The Comic postcard in English life.
Newton Abbot, Eng.: David & Charles, 1970.
Geary, C.M., ed. Delivering views: distant cultures in early
postcards. Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Press,
Hofstra University. Emily Lowe Gallery. Wish you were here:
the history of the picture postcard; an exhibition. Hempstead,
NY: The Gallery, 1974.
Miller, George. Picture postcards in the United States, 1893-1918.
New York: Clarkson N. Potter, 1976.
Morgan, Hal. Prairie fires and paper moons: the American photographic
postcard, 1900-1920. Boston: David R. Godine, 1981.
Rubin, Cynthia Elyce. Larger than life: the American tall-tale
postcard, 1905-1915. New York: Abbeville Press, 1990.
Staff, Frank. The picture postcard & its origins. New
York: F.A. Praeger, 1966.
Welch, Naomi. American & European postcards of Harrison
Fisher, illustrator. La Selva Beach, Cal.: Images of the Past,
Barnicoat, John. A Concise history of posters. London: Thames
& Hudson, 1972.
DeNoon, Christopher. Posters of the WPA. Los Angeles: Wheatley
Press in assoc. with the Univ. of Washington Press, 1987.
Fusco, Tony. Posters: identification and price guide. New
York: Avon Books, 1994.
Gallo, Max. The poster in history: with an essay on the development
of poster art by Carlo Arturo Quintavalle. New York: American
Heritage Pub. Co., 1974.
Hutchison, Harold Frederick. The Poster: an illustrated history
from 1860. London: Studio Vista, 1968.
Margolin, Victor. The promise and the product: 200 years of
American advertising posters. New York: Macmillan; London :
Metzl, Ervine. The Poster: its history and its art. New
York: Watson-Guptill Publications, 1963.
Rawls, Walton H. Wake up, America!: World War I and the American
poster; foreword by Maurice Rickards. New York: Abbeville Press,
Rickards, Maurice. The Rise and fall of the poster. Newton
Abbot, Eng.: David & Charles, 1971.
Sainton, Roger. Art Nouveau: posters & graphics. New
York: Rizzoli, 1977.
Weill, Alain. The Poster: a worldwide survey and history.
Boston: G.K. Hall, 1985.
Drepperd, Carl William. Early American advertising art: a collection
of wood cut and stereotype illustrations used in American newspaper,
almanac and magazine advertising, 1750 to 1850. New York : The
Youth Group of Magazines, 1943.
Fowble, E. McSherry. Two centuries of prints in America: a selective
catalogue of the Winterthur Museum collection. Charlottesville,
Va.: University Press of Virginia, 1987.
Lewis, Benjamin M. A Guide to engravings in American magazines,
1741-1810. New York: New York Public Library, 1959.
Madigan, Mary Jean, ed. Prints & photographs: understanding,
appreciating, collecting. New York: Billboard Publications,
Rawls, Walton H. The Great book of Currier & Ives' America.
New York: Abbeville Press, 1979.
Stokes, I.N. and Daniel C. Haskell. American historical prints:
early views of American cities, etc. New York: New York Public
Wainwright, Nicholas B. Philadelphia in the romantic age of
lithography. Philadelphia: Historical Society of Pennsylvania,
Rewards of Merit
Patricia and Alfred P. Malpa. Rewards of Merit : tokens of a
child's progress and a teacher's esteem as an enduring aspect of
American religious and secular education. [N.p.]: Ephemera Society
of America, 1994.
Miller, M. Stephen. From Shaker Lands and Shaker Hands. Lebanon, NH: University Press of New England, 2007.
Bonin, Jean M. American life in our piano benches: the art of
sheet music; Elvehjem Museum of Art, University of Wisconsin-Madison,
21 September-10 November 1985. Madison: The University, 1985.
Dichter, Harry. Early American sheet music, its lure and its
including a directory of early American music
publishers. New York: Bowker, 1941.
Jackson, Richard. Popular songs of nineteenth-century America:
complete original sheet music for 64 songs. New York: Dover
Klamkin, Marian. Old sheet music: a pictorial history. New
York: Hawthorn Books, 1975.
Landauer, Bella. My city 'tis of thee: New York City on sheet-music
covers; selections from the music collection of Bella C. Landauer
at the New-York Historical Society. New York: The Society, 1951.
Levy, Lester S. Picture the songs: lithographs from the sheet
music of nineteenth-century America. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins
University Press, 1976.
Pearsall, Ronald. Victorian sheet music covers. Detroit
: Gale Research, 1972.
Collison, Robert Lewis. The Story of street literature: forerunner
of the popular press. London, Eng.: Dent, 1973.
Day, Mahlon. New York street cries in rhyme: with a new introduction
by Leonard S. Marcus. New York: Dover, 1977.
Gretton, Thomas. Murders and moralities: English catchpenny
prints, 1800-1860. London, Eng.: Colonnade Books, 1980.
Shepard, Leslie. The History of street literature: the story
of broadside ballads, chapbooks, proclamations, news-sheets, election
bills, tracts, pamphlets, cocks, catchpennies and other ephemera.
Newton Abbot, Eng.: David and Charles, 1973.
Davis, W. J. Tickets and passes of Great Britain and Ireland:
struck or engraved on metal, ivory, etc. for use at theatres, public
gardens, shows, exhibitions, clubs, societies, schools and colleges;
also truck tickets, colliery checks, railway passes, gambling, lottery
and racing tickets, etc. New York: Burt Franklin, 1973.
Moger, Victoria. The Favour of your company: tickets and invitations
to London events and places of interest, c.1750 - c.1850. London:
The Museum of London in association with The Wynkyn de Worde Society
... and the Sandstone Press, 1980.
Thomas. "Japanese influences on American trade card imagery
and design." Ephemera Journal, Vol. 5, 1992, pp. 35-49.
Crane, Ben. The Before and after trade card. Schoharie,
NY: Ephemera Society of America, 1995.
Devos, Thierry. Chromos, les premières publicités (The First Advertising Cards). Armonia Press. 2007
Dilg, John. "The Advertising trade card: form as an analogue
of the content of commerce." Ephemera Journal, Vol.
4, 1991, pp. 1-16.
Heal, Ambrose. London tradesmens cards of the XVIII century:
an account of their origin and use. New York: Dover, 1968.
Helfand, William H. "Trade cards of health professionals."
Ephemera Journal, Vol. 1, 1987, pp. 23-27.
Jay, Robert. The trade card in nineteenth-century America.
Columbia: University of Missouri Press, 1987.
Landauer, Bella. Early American trade cards from the collection
of Bella C. Landauer: with critical notes by Adele Jenny. New
York: W.E. Rudge, 1927.
Malpa, Alfred P. "Transportation images on Rewards of Merit."
Ephemera Journal, Vol. 7, 1994, pp. 38-47.
Kreider, Katherine. One hundred years of valentines. Atglen,
Pa.: Schiffer, 1999.
Lee, Ruth Webb. A History of valentines. New York: Studio
Press in association with Crowell, 1952.
Staff, Frank. The Valentine & its origins. New York: Praeger,
Banfield, Edwin. Visiting cards and cases. Trowbridge, Eng.:
Baros Books, 1989.
Darrah, William Culp. Cartes de visite in nineteenth century
photography. Gettysburg, Pa.: The Author, 1981.
Longstreet, Abby Buchanan. Good form: cards, their significance
and proper uses as governed by the usages of New York society.
New York: F. A. Stokes & Brother, 1889.
Schang, F. C. Visiting cards of painters: from the collection
of F.C. Schang, with comment by him. New York: Wittenborn Art