Fingerman collection of ephemera

About this collection

Assembled by collectors Arlene and Gerald Fingerman, the collection consists of mixed-format ephemera from various endeavors within American culture, primarily the manufacturing and selling of products or services. Advertising cards and labels compose a large portion of the collection, but it also includes billheads, blotters, bookmarks, business cards, catalogs, checks, envelopes, flyers, letterheads, newsletters, packaging, postcards, and stamps. The collection has not been digitized in its entirety. For a detailed description of the entire collection, click here to view the finding aid.

    Image: Advertising card for J. & P. Coats six cord thread. Click to view.

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Tenexine glue
Advertising card for Egyptian Tenexine glue manufactured by the Tenexine Company of Boston, Massachusetts. Illustration shows a child gluing mother's skirts to the floor while parents argue, and is captioned \"with a bottle of Tenexine in the house, divorce is absolutely impossible.\"
Van Stan's Stratena glue
Advertising card for cement glue by Van Stan's Stratena Company of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Illustration shows a silhouette of a family, with the father stuck to a chair.
Rough on Rats pest killer
Advertising card for Rough on Rats pest killer manufactured by E.S. Wells of Jersey City, New Jersey. Illustration shows a silhouette of a family chasing a rat.
Tenexine glue
Advertising card for Egyptian Tenexine glue manufactured by the Tenexine Company of Boston, Massachusetts. Illustration shows a man stuck to a post, and is captioned \"Yes, Fellow Citizens, as long as there is a bottle of Tenexine in the land, you will find me sticking to my post.\"
Bixby's glue
Advertising card for mucilage glue by S.M. Bixby & Company of New York. Illustration shows a man stuck to a chair.
Chase's liquid glue
Advertising card for Chase's liquid glue by Joshua S. Chase of Boston, Massachusetts. Illustration shows a family scrapbooking.