Exhibition dates: May 13 – December 13, 2013
The exhibition highlights the Library Company’s vast collection of ephemera from the 18th to the early 20th century. With materials ranging from throw-away items to finely printed works, Remnants of Everyday Life considers the cultural impact of advancements in mass production technologies. The exhibition addresses the evolution of the graphic design of ephemera; ephemera associated with women’s role in the home, such as scrapbooks; the changing nature of leisure activities and consumerism over the course of the 19th century; and the life-cycle of commercial ephemera between the workplace, street, and home. The Library Company has been collecting ephemera since 1785, and today has one of the largest, most important, and most varied collections of early American ephemera in existence. Curated by Rachel D’Agostino and Erika Piola.