A recent eBay search turned up still more paper delights. Collectors sometimes call these “ephemera,” suggesting, I think, that they were not meant to last. But the evidence indicates that these treasured items have a reassuring permanence. See for yourself:
The most famous of the irreplaceable Misses Boswell — apparently before she began signing her name with two E’s.
Perfectly self-explanatory . . . from Roy’s long run on Fifty-Fourth Street. And the bar opened at 10 AM!
Again, perfectly self-explanatory. But I want to know the story behind this unused ticket. Who got sick or couldn’t go? That tale needs to be told.
Lucky “Pat,” a Swell Fellow indeed! And lucky us . . .
This blurry Christmas card looks unimportant, even cheaply produced, until you see the signatures and realize its rarity. Lee Wiley and Jess Stacy weren’t married for a long time (or happily, for that matter) so they can’t have sent out years of Christmas cards. Immensely rare and perhaps immensely sad. (For the precise readers out there, I do know that Jess was happily married, later in life, to Pat Peck, but I am taking the eBay seller at his or her word when the card is presented as from Jess and Lee. It would have been nice to see their signatures, although they may have been printed, too.)