Ephemeral items offer a rich snapshot of the past, but all too often the field is ill-represented and badly documented. The following are a selection of blogs and websites which are pursuing their collecting passions and taking the time to share the results:

Attic Paper- An Ephemera seller, Attic Paper showcases personal favorites in this blog. The choices demonstrate unusual taste and never fail to delight aesthetically. I’m loving their playful approach with ‘Creepy Vintage Ad of the Month.’ This blog is really something special and one to watch for those who know ephemera to be a rich and exciting collectors field as opposed to the drab and dated way in which it is so often portrayed.

Case in point their entry for December 2010:

Chalk Farm, Vintage Object & Interiors ~ Stunning site, beautifully laid out and with a great selection of comments from readers.

Paper Sponge ~ A daily snippet of ephemera with some well informed commentary. Enjoyed his observations in the ‘Useful Birds of America‘ entry, “For the good of all, do not destroy the birds.”

Tattered&Lost ~ I appreciate the clean layout of this blog and particularly love the ‘Do it NOW!’ entry, they include a humourous commentary.


Ephemera- Exploring the World of Old Paper ~ Covers a very wide range of ephemera – enjoyed the whimsical ‘no giraffes please’ poster entry


Ephemera Assemblyman- Has been blogging since 2007- and it shows. The layout is rather dated and difficult to navigate, but contains some stunning pieces nonetheless:

Rogelio Naranjo 70

Vintage Ephemera ~ Vintage Ephemera Flea Market where you get to make offers on any of the items.

We Made This – Has a neat, but fairly haphazard ephemera section with some nice entries like the cod liver oil label below. The ephemera section seems like an afterthought and certainly doesn’t have much in the way of commentary on the items.

Drawn- Witty fast paced daily posting of cartoon stips and illustrations. I like their post on Creative Solutions for Artists who can’t draw Hands:

Creative Solutions for Artists Who Can’t Draw Hands by Grant Snider

Orphaned Postcard Project – a fascinating project whereby users select an unused postcard from the database and select one to ‘adopt’ – the postcard is sent to them and they write a message on it and send it back to ‘postmuse’ to be added into the grand collection.


The Ephemera Society - An excellent site with a great featured item of the month section.

This list will be added to periodically.

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