Ephemera is defined as something that is not meant to last long– often paper goods. I find myself picking up matchbook covers, postcards, and old magazines at estate sales, flea markets, etc. I know that there are plenty others who dig this stuff too so I’ve decided to post a new piece every Friday as a series, “Vintage Ephemera Friday,” or #VEF on IG.
I encourage anyone else who reads this to also post cool old ephemeral goods (old papers, pins, magnets, pretty much all advertisement goods, whatever you like!) and post it with both “#VintageEphemeraFriday” and “#VEF” tags so in the future others can search through the collective finds.
For my second post, I’d like to share this antique accordion sheet music book. It turns out I come from a line of accordion players, at least back to my great-grandfather. My grandpa recently passed away, and we found these old music books in a drawer. I think the cover is so beautiful and nearly 100 years old! I would like to learn to play, unfortunately I’m not the most musical person. At least I can enjoy these books for aesthetics even if I don’t play. I’ll be sure to post others on future #VEFs.
This is Anthony Galla-Rini. He was a former vaudeville performer who taught the accordion for over 70 years!
Please feel free to join in and post your vintage ephemera finds here or on IG on Fridays! #vintageephemerafriday #vef