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Let’s talk ephemera. From the Encyclopedia of Ephemera by Maurice Rickards, we see that: “Ephemera is the plural form of the Greek word ephemeron. Literally, it refers to something that lasts through the day, which is the case with some winged insects. … Among several definitions of ephemera that Maurice Rickards proposed, the one that has gained widest currency is the ‘minor transient documents of everyday life.’”
Don’t we all have those transient documents! Tax season keeps us looking for many of them. Not surprisingly, there are many such documents here in the archives.
Posters have been collector’s items since the end of the 19th century. Posters were originally pasted in place, so that collecting them made it necessary to turn to publishers’ files. “The origins of the poster may be traced to the printed Proclamation and Public Notices of the 15th century. Caxton’s printed advertisement for a newly-published prayer book, posted up at Westminister in 1477, may be described as one of the first commercial posters.” [Encyclopedia of Ephemera p.250]
On May 12, 1939, the Eagle Valley Enterprise published an article thanking local firms that helped build Eagle County. After ten years of Depression economics, businesses were hard-pressed to stay open. Of particular interest is the acknowledgement that local merchants support the communities in which they’re located:
“Do mail order houses to that? Do peddlers or out of town business interests of any nature do it? They take but never put, and you can’t keep on taking from anything without eventually impoverishing it and have nothing left from which to take for either you or the merchant. Isn’t it good logic and common sense then for you to patronize these local merchants who have helped and will continue to help make this a finer community for you and your children and their children also?”
Almost 75 years later, it’s hard to disagree with that sentiment. There were over 40 businesses listed and, happily, we have some historical photos to add to the paper’s text.Read the rest of this entry »
Well, let’s see. It now costs 49 cents to mail a letter and 34 cents to mail a postcard and I’m not convinced that most of what I have to say is worth 49 cents to mail.
“In addition to first-class mail, the higher rates will apply to magazines, newspapers, advertising mail and bills, which together account for most of the 158 billion pieces of mail delivered every year.” –Lisa Rein, Washington Post, Jan. 27, 2014
This, of course, leads me to thoughts of Eagle County mailings in the past.
The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog. Thank you, helper monkeys and Happy 2014! Jaci
Here’s an excerpt:
A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 6,400 times in 2013. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 5 trips to carry that many people.
With 2013 almost done, it’s good to look back before we look forward to a new year. Let’s look way back, to 1913.
It’s the season to celebrate the harvest and give thanks for what comes to us. Eagle County, largely agricultural until the past few decades, has always known how to throw a good dinner. The Home Demonstration Club of Brush Creek put together the Eagle County Cook Book in the late 1930s with some fascinating recipes contributed by women with very familiar names in Eagle County. As we enjoy our celebrations this week, let’s remember some of these women.