¶ The John and Carolyn Grossman Collection
of Antique Images is one of the most comprehensive archives of Victorian and Edwardian graphic ephemera in the world. This
amazing collection of material culture contains more than 250,000 printed and handwritten paper artifacts from the 1800s and
early 1900s. The finest examples of ephemera are represented here, including calendars, greeting cards, trade cards, product
labels, paper dolls, tickets, postcards, scrapbooks and sheet music. These objects feature colorful images that symbolize
the customs, attitudes and ideals of Victorian and Edwardian life: innocent children, garden-fresh flowers, romantic couples,
holiday traditions, fashionable women, humanized animals and cigar-smoking gentlemen.
¶ Most of our images
span one hundred years, from 1820 to 1920. But we also have printed paper artifacts from the 18th century and cigar box labels
as recent as 1964. Graphic arts spanning three centuries are depicted in a combination of breadth and beauty that makes The
John and Carolyn Grossman Collection of Antique Images unique.
¶ Educational and creative opportunities
add to the distinctiveness of this museum-quality collection. We make use of the artifacts and their images to conduct ephemera
research, give presentations, develop exhibits and write articles. We also provide to the commercial product industry an endless
creative resource of images and designs for fine merchandise including apparel, books, calendars, figurines, greeting cards,
gift boxes, holiday ornaments, limited edition collectibles, stationery, stickers, tote bags, watches and wrapping paper.
¶ Begun more than thirty-two years ago, The John and Carolyn Grossman Collection of Antique Images is a constantly
growing visual archive of material culture. A curatorial staff has overseen its management, research projects and preservation.
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