• J. Shisler, Dealer in Family Groceries, Harrisburg, Pa.

    "J. Shisler, agt., dealer in selected family groceries, pure coffees, spices, and good teas, Third St. (opposite Opera House), Harrisburg." This is one of a six-part "Comic Visiting" card series printed by E. Currier & Co., Boston (probably related to th…

  • Hussey's Express Special Message Stamp

    "Hussey's Express Special Message. 54 Pine St., N.Y. R. Easson, prop'r. N. F. Seebeck, Wall St., N.Y." This stamp was affixed to a nineteenth-century postage stamp dealer's business card. See J. T. Handford, Importing Dealer in Postage Stamps for Collect…

  • J. T. Handford, Importing Dealer in Postage Stamps for Collectors

    "J. T. Handford, importing dealer in postage stamps for collectors, P.O. Box 1870, New York. Stamps bought, sold, and exchanged. Circulars free." For a closer view of the stamp affixed to the middle of the card, mouse over it to see an enlargement, or go…


  • Lion Coffee Hook and Ladder Fire Engine


  • Dr. Hand's Remedies for Children

    Dr. Hand's Remedies for Children Mothers, use Dr. Hand's Colic Cure in place of stupefying syrups, paregoric, and cordials. Immediate relief for wind colic or crying babies. Not injurious. Pleasant physic, teething lotion, diarrhoea mixture, cough and c…

  • Steven Bros. Circus Permit to Kiss the Big Elephant

    Stevens Bros. Circus Special Permit This permit entitles holder to kiss the big elephant's ass. Matinee performance only. Subject to federal tax. Issued by ________. Stevens Bros. Circus. An advertisement that appeared in the Circus Report, June 26, 1976…


  • W. H. Shoemaker, Sheet Music, Pianos, Organs, Harrisburg, Pa.

    W. H. Shoemaker, sheet music, pianos, organs, music books, No. 11 South Third Street, Harrisburg, Pa.

  • Civic Lunch, Miami, Florida, 1930s

    Civic Lunch, Inc., 40 N.W. First St., Phone 23042, Miami, Fla. Where low prices keep company with high quality. "Excellent food, speedy service, and immaculate surroundings are the three essentials to success in the restuarant business, according to Char…

  • Butterfly Brand Extra Small Refugee Beans Label



  • J. Kohn, the Leading Clothier and Hatter, Portland, Oregon

    J. Kohn, the leading clothier and hatter, corner First and Morrison Sts., Portland, Oregon.

  • Don't Wait for a Hearse to Take You to Church

    A rather macabre message on a National Refining Company "boy with slate" label that advertised En-Ar-Co Motor Oils and White Rose Gasoline.

  • Atomic Safety Matches

    "Atomic Safety Matches, supplied to PO Eng Trading Manila P.I. by Hong Kong Match Factory, manufacturers." For other atomic ephemera, take a look over on Flickr to see Fire and Air Raid Signals / Survival Secrets for "A" Bombing and The Original Canned R…


  • My Doughnut Girl

    In recognition of National Doughnut Day, June 7, 2013. From Wikipedia: "National Doughnut Day is on the first Friday of June each year, succeeding the Doughnut Day event created by The Salvation Army in 1938 to honor the women who served doughnuts to sol…

  • Dunk a Donut and Be Merry!

    See also the front of this card: National Dunking Association Membership Card. -------- The Optimist's Creed. As you ramble on thru life, brother, whatever be your goal, keep your eye upon the doughnut and not upon the hole! The National Dunking Associ…

  • National Dunking Association Membership Card

    See also the back of this card: Dunk a Donut and Be Merry! -------- This certifies that ________ is a life member of the National Dunking Association and is permitted at all times to dunk donuts either in private or in public, without criticism or inter…


  • Your Story Has Touched My Heart

    "Your story has touched my heart. Never before have I met anyone with more trouble than you. Please accept this token on my sincerest sympathy."

  • May I C U Home?

    Or to put it more straightforwardly, this acquaintance card asks, "May I see you home?" The Encyclopedia of Ephemera (New York: Routledge, 2000), p 4, provides additional information: "A novelty variant of the American calling card of the 1870s and 1880s…

  • Lincoln-Lee Legion

    "Lincoln-Lee Legion. Love, sacrifice, service. Abstinence Department of the the Anti-Saloon League. I hereby enroll with the Lincoln-Lee Legion and promise with God's help to keep the following pledge." "Whereas the use of intoxicating liquors as a bever…


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