Leafing through our library of ephemera

kids – from earnest to exhilarated
Images of Australia (maps)
Packaging – coughs, ice cream …

Collectors & collections

Advertising from the air – its logical

HERE IS A LOVELY ADVERTISING IDEA FROM 1937. The Australian Aviation Schools (Victorian Branch) had a lovely idea about how to advertise services in Melbourne. The aviation school, and its parent company a radio engineering school, were Sydney based … [Read more...]

Recording the Show (Royal Melbourne Show)

THE AGRICULTURAL SHOWS ARE A MIX OF CONTINUITY AND EPHEMERA; LOTS OF TRADITION AND LOTS OF DELIBERATELY SHORT-LIVED EXPERIENCES AND PUBLICATIONS. Historian Kate Darian-Smith writes about the Royal Melbourne Show in eMelbourne: Agricultural societies, based … [Read more...]

Ephemera/records of history

Swallow & Ariell use Italian ingredients (postcards) to keep in touch with trade customers

ART DECO POSTCARDS FOR POST MELBOURNE BISCUIT FACTORY, ESA member Pat Grainger, Secretary, Port Melbourne Historical and Preservation Society reports: A set of Art Deco period Italian postcards … [Read more...]

What do major libraries say about collectors?

'MANY OF THE [STATE LIBRARY'S] MOST UNIQUE COLLECTIONS ARE THE LIFETIME WORK OF A NUMBER OF INDIVIDUALS OR ORGANISATIONS'. So says the State Library of Victoria in its Collections and Content Strategy … [Read more...]

What’s on? What’s happened?

Collectables fair Geelong Saturday 3 October

      SWAP CARDS, TOYS, POSTCARDS, BADGES, BUTTONS AND OTHER COLLECTABLES - for those who don't want to go to the footy. Head down to Geelong. … [Read more...]

Farewell Australian cricket captain Pup

HARD TO IMAGINE THAT CRICKET EPHEMERA FOR THE SOON TO RETIRE MICHAEL CLARKE WILL BE WORTH MUCH IN THE FUTURE. Are we wrong? Michael Clarke made his first class debut for New South Wales as a seventeen-year-old in the 1999–2000 Sheffield … [Read more...]