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Scan Day / January 19th / Ephemera, Plus

Our next Scan Day, Monday, January 19th, will have "ephemera" as its theme.

Literally, "ephemera" is printed matter that is expected to be short-lived or discarded (such as the little hang tags or warranty booklets that come with watches). See below, for additional information about the definition of "ephemera".

To broaden the theme a little, you could post photos or scans of:

  • anything made of paper relating to a watch (catalog, brochure, advertisements, etc.)

  • anything related to a watch, other than the watch itself (tools, straps, boxes, back-plates, for example)

  • anything related to watch-related people (photos of Siffert, McQueen, etc., with or without their watches).

As always, these are only suggestions, and anyone can post whatever they like -- even photos of their children visiting the zoo [ thanks ATG ] or their children shortly after their birth [ thanks, David (and Liz, of course) ].

We are looking forward to another interesting and varied Scan Day.




e·phem·er·on e·phem·er·a or e·phem·er·ons
A short-lived thing.

ephemera Printed matter of passing interest.

Source : The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition, Copyright © 2000 by Houghton Mifflin Company.

The definition of Ephemera comes from the Greek ‘epi’ (about) and ‘hemeris’ (day). Ephemera is pronounced “efem’mera” . The comtempory definition of ephemera is, “something short lived or transitory” especially all types of paper documents both printed or handwritten produced for a specific purpose and normally intended for disposal.

Paper Ephemera has been well documented in John Lewis’s 1962 book, “Printed Ephemera”, (the 20th century Bible of Ephemera) where John documents Ephemera from as early as the 16th century to present times.

Ephemera is a relatively new area of collecting, and the definition is still under some discussion. The current generally accepted definition is the collecting of any man made paper object that is created with no intention of permanence. If it is made of paper, and most people would throw it away after use, then it is ephemera. Examples include magazines, newspapers, comics, certificates, old maps, and old letters. Some items in this category border on the deliberately collectible, such as postcards.

Maurice Rickards definition of ephemera now widely accepted: "the minor transient documents of everyday life"

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