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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Ayer's sarsaparilla
Advertising card for sarsaparilla by Dr. J.C. Ayers & Co. of Lowell, Massachusetts. Illustration shows a mother with children and a dog, while another woman administers medicine.
Ayer's Cathartic Pills
Advertising card for Ayer's Cathartic Pills by Dr. J.C. Ayer & Co. of Lowell, Massachusetts. Illustration shows seven nude babies packaging Ayers pills.
Warner's Safe Cure
Advertising card for Warner's safe cure. Illustration shows boy riding a dog.
Dr. Thomas' Eclectric Oil
Advertising card for Dr. Thomas' Eclectric Oil. Illustration shows a woman wearing a turban.