The Ephemera Society is a non-profit body devoted to the collection,
conservation, study and educational uses of handwritten and printed ephemera.
The term ephemera covers a wide range of documents including
leaflets, handbills, tickets, trade cards, programmes and playbills, printed
tins and packaging, advertising inserts, posters, newspapers and much
more. In the words of the societys founder, Maurice Rickards, the
minor transient documents of everyday life.
Essentially produced to meet the needs of the day, such items reflect
the moods and mores of past times in a way that more formal records cannot.
Collectors of printed ephemera vary in their approach. Some focus on the ephemera
of a particular trade or profession, others are interested in its social
or graphic history. Other ephemerists collect documents simply as evocative
reminders of the past.