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WHAT IS EPHEMERA?

Whether it’s a Chicago World’s Fair souvenir pamphlet, the autograph of a Hollywood starlet, a broadside from colonial America or anywhere in between, you could see it in a National Book Auctions catalog. Ephemera collecting continues to steadily increase in popularity and new entrants persistently identify undiscovered areas and sub-genres of collecting opportunity. Not only is this an intriguing category of collectibles, it is populated with many valuable individual pieces.

The term “ephemera” has been adopted by the collectibles world and applied to include all manner of paper items which were originally intended to be discarded and are now considered collectible. Common examples include postcards, tickets, matchbooks, calling cards, posters & broadsides, lobby cards, milk bottle tops, timetables, an endless array of advertising pieces, billheads, greeting cards, and the list goes on … and on! We perform a granular sort of ephemera consigned to us, isolating the important individual pieces and creating compelling, themed group lots from the balance of the collection.

National Book Auctions is proud to be a member of the Ephemera Society of America.


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