When it comes to defining ephemera, the easiest way to go about it is by giving examples! I’ve compiled a list of over 50 examples of printed ephemera. Feel free to comment below if there is another piece of ephemera I’m missing and I’ll be sure to add it to the list. Check out So You Want to Know More About Ephemera to get a more thorough understanding of this hobby.

Simply put, ephemera is any printed material meant to last for only a short time. That being said, there are tons of items to explore within the hobby of ephemera collecting.

Ephemera Examples

  1. Advertisements
  2. Air transport labels
  3. Art Prints
  4. Ballots
  5. Bank Checks
  6. Baseball Cards
  7. Bingo Cards
  8. Birthday Cards
  9. Bond Certificates
  10. Book labels
  12. Box Labels
  13. Broadsides
  14. Business Cards
  15. Bus tickets
  16. Calendars
  17. Catalogs
  18. Cardstock – Here is some great ephemera card stock you can use for scrapbooking!
  19. Certificates
  20. Comic Books
  21. Envelopes
  22. Flyers
  23. Greeting Cards
  24. Guidebooks
  25. Holiday Cards
  26. Invitations
  27. Layering items – like this great Botanical example!
  28. Leaflets
  29. Ledgers
  30. Letterhead Stationery
  31. Letters
  32. Library Book Cards
  33. Lottery Tickets
  34. Magazines
  35. Maps
  36. Menus
  37. Newspaper –We really like this Newspaper kraft paper on Amazon!
  38. Pamphlets
  39. Paper dolls
  40. Paper money
  41. Passes
  42. Photographs
  43. Playing Cards
  44. Postcards
  45. Posters for Events
  46. Racing Bibs
  47. Receipts
  48. Scrapbooks
  49. Sheet music
  50. Stamps
  51. Stock Certificates
  52. Tarot cards
  53. Theater Programs
  54. Ticket Stubs
  55. Trade Cards
  56. Valentine Cards – Here you can buy some vintage Valentine card replicas.

With so many options, you’re bound to find something that strikes your interest! Good luck, and happy collecting!