That which is ephemeral is expected to last for a short time only -- a rosy sunrise, a blooming rose -- and in the world of books, any paper article which was printed but not bound, which was distributed in the form of loose sheets, or was printed on a poor grade of paper, was considered ephemeral, something that would not last.
Because binding consisted of stitching printed sheets between hard boards, covered with leather or cloth, it came to pass that self-covered or stiff paper wrapped saddle-stitched or side-stapled catalogues, calendars, comic books, almanacs, periodicals, and pamphlets, as well as tickets, letters, diaries, proclamations, posters, loose postcards, trade cards, and business cards, were categorized as ephemera, because if they lacked a spine and could not be stood upright on a bookshelf, they were not, ipso facto, books.
Your Wate and Fate uses the ephemera of fortune telling to showcase popular methods of divination of the 19th and 20th centuries.
My Patreon stream, which supports this web site and others, got its name because many years ago -- decades ago, in fact -- a friend of mine walked into my home office, cast his eyes on the shelves, boxes, and floor-piles of paper, and burst out, incredulously: "It's all ephemera!" And indeed, it was.
While most of the categories at this site are illustrated in part with ephemera, the pages in this category includes only pages whose entirety consists solely of images of paper ephemera ... lest we all go mad.
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Your Wate and Fate
Special thanks to my dear husband and creative partner nagasiva yronwode for illustrations, scans, and clean-ups.
Pages in category "Ephemera"
The following 9 pages are in this category, out of 9 total.