From the ancient Greek ephemeros, meaning ‘short-lived’, printed ephemera encompasses a broad list of printed items not necessarily intended to last: Broadsides, penny dreadfuls, posters, tickets, playbills, pamphlets, advertisements, magazines, and newspapers, many of which, but not all, are time-sensitive materials, consumed (read) and disposed of, often reused as scrap.

On the history of broadsides, see Andrew Pettegree’s Broadsheets: Single-Sheet Publishing in the First Age of Print, 2017.

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