Leafing through our library of ephemera

Label from strawberry packaging. 2014. Collection of Mandy B.
Collection of Eric P.
Post-war brochure to assit migrant with information about Australian states.
Cough drop package, circa 1922-24. 5 x 8 x 1.5 cm. Collection of Andrew H.
Sergeant Dan Birds of the World - Blue Wren, card 32 of a series of 40.

Collectors & collections

Barbizon Plaza, Central Park South, New York City, sticker, 10.9 x 19 cm. Collection of AJAY.

AS PROMISED HERE ARE SOME MORE LOVELY ART DECO ERA TRAVEL ITEMS FROM AJAY'S COLLECTION. This time we focus on hotel ephemera. Spectacular with a small colour range. The image is 'off centre' whereas symmetry is a strong feature of some of the other … [Read more...]

Java China Japan, ship label, 13.4 x 19 cm, circa 1920s-1930s. Collection of AJAY.

HOLIDAY TIME IN THE 1920s & 30s; THANKS TO ESA MEMBER AJAY FOR ACCESS TO THESE ART DECO TRAVEL BROCHURES, LABELS AND MENUS. If not to Tasmania, where might one go?  When one travels, one by necessity collects luggage labels. This is an example … [Read more...]

Our friends in the collecting world


'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...]


THERE ARE LOTS OF WAYS OF SEEING PART of this vast collection of Victorian government records including from home.  Here is a link to a selection of their art deco travel posters. You can visit … [Read more...]

What’s on? What’s happened?


We had a great get together at the annual Ephemera Symposium on 13 June 2015. This year our symposium organizer, Ed Jewel, has spared no expense to bring us a stellar line up of presenters: Collectors of Beatles (Graeme Dickenson) told us about … [Read more...]

Tayla Harris takes a big mark in 2014. Published in the Age in March 2015.

EXHIBITION IN PERTH: BOUNCE DOWN EXPLORES 100 YEARS OF AUSTRALIAN WOMEN'S FOOTBALL in Western Australia and beyond.  Beginning in Perth in 1915 the women’s game started as a war time fundraiser. By 1955 women’s games had been played in more … [Read more...]