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Encyclopedia of Ephemera: A Guide to the Fragmentary Documents of Everyday Life for the Collector, Curator and Historian
     

Encyclopedia of Ephemera: A Guide to the Fragmentary Documents of Everyday Life for the Collector, Curator and Historian

by Maurice Rickards, Michael Twyman (Editor)
 

First published in 2001. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

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First published in 2001. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

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Library Journal
Have you ever looked through an old Victorian era scrapbook, the kind people used to put together where they would paste in railway tickets, dance cards, and similar items? They can be fascinating, providing a look at life through the ephemera of daily living. Part of the fascination is the curiousity they inevitably provoke: What was a dance card or programme, anyway? Rickards, an expert on the subject of printed ephemera, has produced an encyclopedia of such things, going beyond the bounds of the Victorian era to cover print ephemera from the 18th century to the present. Entries include air sickness bags (mandated by the Warsaw Convention in 1946 and much needed in the early days of commercial aviation, when cabins were not pressurized and climate control was poor), cigar box labels, milk bottle closures, and visiting cards. The readable entries make reference to books on the subject and major collections of the item. This unique title is recommended for most public and academic reference collections; tracking down information on this sort of trivia can be very challenging, and Rickards's book could be a welcome ace-in-the-hole sort of resource.--Charlie Cowling, SUNY at Brockport Lib. Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
Booknews
Sports programs, for example, and envelopes, visiting cards, ballots, newspapers, cigarette cards, seed packets, ration papers, bus tickets, paper bags, fruit labels, bookmarks, playing cards, and board games are some of the documents of everyday life that graphic designer and ephemera collector Rickards (1919-98) discusses. His reference, highly illustrated, might be of interest to social historians, but is primarily for other collectors, especially those without too narrow an interest. A team of enthusiasts finished the work when he died. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Encyclopedia of Ephemera provides a guide to fragmentary documents of daily life, from postcards and theater programs to laundry lists, and blends a survey of artifacts and art with a history of ephemeria collecting. The author's artifacts come from world sources and provide an excellent survey of ephemera's meaning and social history.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415926485
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
11/28/2000
Pages:
414
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 1.60(d)

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Maurice Rickards, one of the leading experts in the study of ephemera, spent more than twenty years compiling the Encyclopedia.

Michael Twyman is author of several books on the history of printing and before his retirement was Professor of Typography & Graphic Design at the University of Reading, England.

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