In our series on collecting tips: from Mandy Bede:
- Find a focus point – I like to collect in what I see as neglected areas, for example, recently published Victorian material.
- If the material doesn’t have a date and/or place of production, make a note of where, when and how you got it.
- Try to organise the material as you go along – I heard a talk via the American Ephemera Society where a historian was advised to start a new folder for each month’s collection.
Mangoes only labels, grouped.
- Something is better than nothing, I would keep something even in poor condition so that I have a record of the event or opinion.
- Sell, donate, giveaway your collection while you are alive and with it – no one will do a better job or get more credit and pleasure from doing this than the original collector.
This short article was originally published in the Ephemera Newsletter & What’s On #13 September 2021.
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