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
  11. Bookmarks
  12. Box Labels
  13. Broadsides
  14. Business Cards
  15. Bus tickets
  16. Calendars
  17. Catalogs
  18. Certificates
  19. Comic Books
  20. Envelopes
  21. Flyers
  22. Greeting Cards
  23. Guidebooks
  24. Holiday Cards
  25. Invitations
  26. Leaflets
  27. Ledgers
  28. Letterhead Stationery
  29. Letters
  30. Library Book Cards
  31. Lottery Tickets
  32. Magazines
  33. Maps
  34. Menus
  35. Newspaper
  36. Pamphlets
  37. Paper dolls
  38. Paper money
  39. Passes
  40. Photographs
  41. Playing Cards
  42. Postcards
  43. Posters for Events
  44. Racing Bibs
  45. Receipts
  46. Scrapbooks
  47. Sheet music
  48. Stamps
  49. Stock Certificates
  50. Tarot cards
  51. Theater Programs
  52. Ticket Stubs
  53. Trade Cards
  54. Valentine Cards

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