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 Examples include newspapers, outdated maps, and old letters. Some items in this category border on the deliberately collectible, such as postcards.

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Ads From the Past
Specializes in old magazine advertising sheets.
Anthony Pettit
Specializes in antiquarian materials related to Bermuda.
Antique Paper and Ephemera Exchange
Multi-dealer site specializing in all manner of ephemera. Includes calendar of events, links, shows, and auctions.
Blue Monocle Imaging
Offers reproductions of historical materials including antique maps and historical photographs.
Cabin Creek CDs
Specializes in antique photo collections, catalogs and manuals on compact disks. Stock subjects include WWII, trains, equipment manuals, and saddle and tack catalogs. Custom scanning service available.
Carto Rama
Offers playing cards and other paper items. Located in Germany.
The Catalog Kid
Specializes in past date auction catalogs about art, antiques, and collectables. Includes searchable database.
Christopher Romyn: Etchings UK
Dealer in etchings and antique prints. Located in the UK.
COHASCO, Inc.
Features documents, auctions, archival supplies, and conservation services.
Collectable Collectables
Offers a variety of categories including periodicals, labels, prints, photography, and documents. Also offers advertising, tins, and packaging. Located in the UK.
Cooper Maps and Prints
Features maps, charts, botanicals, and natural history prints.
Curioshop
Ephemera, advertising items, militaria, photographs, and banks.
Deco Dog's Ephemera
Offers Art Deco, dog related, Marilyn Monroe, Coca-Cola, fashion and beauty, housewares, illustrations, and antique architectural prints.
Ephemera & Paper Collectibles
Offers labels, packaging, and phone cards.
Ephemera Net
Offers a wide range of advertising paper, antiquarian and historical ephemera, and printed or handwritten manuscripts. Includes many searchable categories.
Girasol Collectables
Specializes in pulp magazines, reprints, and art.
Goodwill Online Shop
Offers original deeds, leases, and wills dated 1580-1900 from Appold Street, London, England and farms around Preston, Lancashire.
Griffon's Medieval Manuscripts
Specializes in illuminated pages taken from antiquarian books and sold framed or unframed.
Home School Treasures
Offers reproduction items focusing on readers and texts.
Kipsake
Offers trade cards, signs, valentines, and rewards of merit. Restoration service and original artwork also available.
Metropolis - Cine
Movie Posters and memorabilia. Located in Italy; prices are in Euros.
New Steamship Consultants
Specializes in nautical ephemera including menus, passenger lists, postcards, and deck plans.
Nineteenth Century Imprints
Offers antique prints, maps, illustrated books, vintage magazines, and ephemera.
Patriot Print Shoppe
Reproductions of the Declaration of Independence, Constitution, and the Bill of Rights available for purchase.
Rudisill's Alt Print Haus
Offers American antique prints and trade cards, specializing in Currier and Ives.
Sharp Objects
Features postcards, prints, advertisements, and other paper items.
TheTinBox
Features poster prints of classic advertising found in magazines from 1933 to 1951.
Vin Mag Co Ltd.
Vintage posters as well as comics, books, t-shirts and various TV and Film memorabilia.
Vintage Magazine Company
Vintage posters as well as comics, books, t-shirts and various TV and film memorabilia.
Vintage Postcards & Ephemera
Dealer in postcards, Victorian trade cards, Valentines, and die-cut scrap.
Virginia Caputo and James S. Maxwell, Jr.
Offering paper ephemera, and other early collectibles.

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