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Vintage Art & Ephemera

Image Collections
Museums
Resources

Antiques and Collectibles
Cards
Sheet Music Covers
Pin Ups

Image Collections

An American Time Capsule
View around 50 pieces of printed ephemera including broadsides, menus, pamphlets, leaflets, and more from the Rare Book and Special Collections Division, Library of Congress.

Here Today, Here Tomorrow: Varieties of Medical Ephemera
An online exhibit of around 400 pieces of printed medical and pharmaceutical ephemera from the National Library of Medicine.

Vintage Movie Posters
Movie posters from 1940 to 1960 from the Special Collections Department of B. Davis Schwartz Memorial Library.

Treasury of Fine Art: Vintage Advertising
Advertising images from the collections of The Ohio State University Libraries including travel, transportation, personal products, food, spirits, and tobacco.

NYPL: Turn of the Century Posters
More than 1,000 posters dating from 1893 to the beginning of the 20th century.

NYPL: Staten Island in Vintage Postcards
Collection of over 700 postcards representing the people and places of Staten Island during the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Vintage British Railway Posters
Jeremiah J. O'Connor collection of American and European railroad posters, publications, and other ephemera.

Military Aircraft Nose Art
Collection of images featuring vintage WWII nose art.

Ad*Access
View newspaper advertisements dating from around 1911 to 1957 compiled by the Duke University Libraries.

UW Libraries Special Collections
  Early Advertising of the West, 1867-1918
  Menus Collection, 1889-2003
  Pamphlet and Textual Ephemera Collection
  Prior and Norris Vaudeville Troupe Photographs and Ephemera, 1886-1915
  Vietnam War Era Ephemera Collection
  World War I and II Poster Collection

Vintage Paperbacks & Digests
Image gallery of collectible book covers and vintage paperbacks.

Museums

Plan59
Museum of 1950s illustration art including old ads, cars, space, and more.

Bad Fads Museum
Collection of items representing fads from the last 100 years, includes collectibles, fashion, music, television and more.

The Virtual Toilet Paper Museum: Vintage Collection
Collection of selected toilet papers dating back to the 1800s.

Antiques and Collectibles

Antiques Roadshow Online
A companion site to the television program that reviews American antiques.

Bonhams & Butterfields
In business since 1865 and one of the largest companies in the world specializing in the appraisal and sale of fine art, antiques and decorative objects.

Kovels
Provides expert information about collecting and antiques including a price guide with over 700,000 items, news, reference material and more.

Collectibles

Taking America to Lunch
A Smithsonian National Museum of American History exhibit featuring vintage illustrated metal lunch boxes and beverage containers.

M.I. Hummel
View collectible Hummel figurines.

The Franklin Mint
Collectible sculpture, dolls, jewelry and limited edition art.

Resources

Ephemera Society of America
A non-profit organization that encourages interest in ephemera, site includes online exhibitions, news, collector groups and more.

The National Antique & Art Dealers Association of America
A non-profit trade association of American dealers devoted to the interests of those who buy, sell and collect antiques and works of art.

The Art and Antique Dealers League of America
American organization for antique dealers and collectors.


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