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Ephemera

The Ephemera Society defines ephemera as:

...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 society's founder, Maurice Rickards, "the minor transient documents of everyday life".

Much of the history of sexual (and other) subcultures is wrapped up in their ephemera - the items that were not meant to be saved, but somehow survived the ravages of time. In kinky subcultures ephemera often takes the form of flyers, business cards, envelopes, letters, postcards, newsletters, and posters. Such historical information can also be found in non-paper items such as backpatches, run pins, flags, and clothing.

Below is a list of a few of the items of ephemera in my collection. I have many thousands of items, so this list will grow as I continue to catalog everything. In order to make the database more metadata-friendly, I have opted to use the Dublin Core categories during the cataloging process.

Title: Esoteria Personal Ad Form

Description: Free Offfer with Purchase of $10.00 or more - Personal Ad, Limit (one ad per customer)

Publisher: Esoteria

Type: personal ad form

Format: single sheet

Identifier: 10

Source: Esoteria

Language: English

 

Title: Gay Birds Illustration - A Few of My Things

Creator: Judy Tallwing McCarthy

Description: Illustration for greeting cards, says "Gay Birds", "A Few of My Things", "Tallwing", "copyright 1987", has bird with strapon, dildo, crops, metal handcuffs, leather cuffs

Publisher: later published in Drummer

Contributor: Tony DeBlase

Type: original illustration

Format: card stock illustration

Identifier: 5

Language: English

 

Title: Gay Birds Illustration - Birdday To You

Creator: Judy Tallwing McCarthy

Description: Illustration for greeting cards, says "Gay Birds", "Birdday to You", has bird in leather sling hanging by chains, burning candles on stomach, leather cuffs

Publisher: later published in Drummer

Contributor: Tony DeBlase

Date: 1/1/1987

Type: original illustration

Format: card stock illustration

Identifier: 4

Language: English

 

Title: Kris Studios Full-Nude Art Poses Order Form

Creator: Chuck Renslow

Description: Photo Sets: Swinging Duals - Beau Michaels and John McCain (#177), The Naked Trucker - Stan Ellin (#118), The Guardsman - Jack Stafford (#119)

Contributor: Etienne (Dom Orejudos)

Type: order form

Format: single sheet

Identifier: 9

Source: Kris Studios

Language: English

 

Title: Kris Studios Novelty Sets Featuring the Male Nude order form

Creator: Chuck Renslow

Description: Three photo sets listed: Soldiers 'n Sailors - Kurt Inman, John Parrish, Dan Peerce, Peter Roth, John Sequira, Don Post, Dennis Gaulke, Jack Sullivan (#67 and 68), Garry Price in Leather! (#69), Variety Pack No. 4 - Ron Rector, Mike Lavelle, Jerry Roquemore, Ed McDermott, Larry Majewski, Bob Storrs (#70)

Publisher: Kris Studios

Contributor: Etienne (Dom Orejudos)

Type: order form

Format: single sheet

Identifier: 7

Source: Kris Studios

Language: English

 

Title: Kris Studios Super Duals! Photo Sets Order Form

Creator: Chuck Renslow

Description: Photo sets: Alan Primus and Butch Frost (#120 and 121), Bedtime for David Kardman and Paul Jahn (#122), Nick Rossi and Frank D'Arcy (#123 and 124)

Contributor: Etienne (Dom Orejudos)

Type: order form

Format: single sheet

Identifier: 8

Source: Kris Studios

Language: English

 

Title: Leather Archives and Museum Annual Report to Members For the Fiscal Year Ended December 31, 2004

Creator: Leather Archives and Museum

Subject: annual report

Description: annual report for the Leather Archives and Museum sent to members

Publisher: Leather Archives and Museum

Contributor: Chuck Renslow, President

Date: 12/31/04

Type: annual report

Format: digest

Identifier: 1

Source: Leather Archives and Museum - mailing

Language: English

Coverage: world

Rights: Leather Archives and Museum

 

Title: Spartacus Sailor Strip Tease Card #1 of 2 cards

Creator: Spartacus

Description: nude male paper doll, date unknown, possibly from Physique Pictorial #17, January 1969

Publisher: Physique Pictorial

Date: 1/1/1969

Type: paper doll

Format: single sheet

Identifier: 2

Source: Physique Pictorial #17

Language: English

 

Title: Spartacus Sailor Strip Tease Card #2 of 2 cards

Creator: Spartacus

Description: paper clothing for nude male paper doll, date unknown, possibly from Physique Pictorial #17, January 1969

Publisher: Physique Pictorial

Date: 1/1/1969

Type: paper doll clothing

Format: single sheet

Identifier: 3

Source: Physique Pictorial #17

Language: English

 

Title: Subjective Character Analysis sheet

Creator: Physique Pictorial

Description: photocopied sheet to use in deciphering astrological symbols under the pictures of models in Physique Pictorial

Publisher: Physique Pictorial

Type: character analysis of models

Format: single photocopied sheet

Identifier: 6

Source: Physique Pictorial

Language: English