• Ephemera is defined as 'things that exist or are used or enjoyed for only a short time.'
    Or more precise 'vintage printed or written items which originally served some specific purpose and were not expected to be retained or preserved.'
    Some examples of ephemera are theater programs, posters for events or concerts, flyers, ticket stubs, cigar labels, receipts, political leaflets and documents of various kinds.


    [Below: Event ticket stub to the 1938 Reichs Party Day. This is to see the Party Congress rally on September 9th. This is so cool huh? This just says 'Diese Einlasskarte ist nur gultig am' (This admission ticket is only valid on). The reverse is blank.]


    [Below: Another event ticket stub to the 1938 Reichs Party Day, except this one is from September 8th, the day before the above event ticket. This one was held at Zeppelin field and says 'Tag der Gemeinschaft' (Community Day) and 'Vorführung von Massenfreiübungen' (Demonstration of Mass Calisthenics). Calisthenics, in case you don't know, is: 'a form of strength training consisting of a variety of movements that exercise large muscle groups, such as standing, grasping, pushing, etc. These exercises are often performed rhythmically and with minimal equipment...'. I'll put an example of this below from the 1938 Reichs Party Day. The reverse is blank.]

    [Below: CD Reichs Party Day 1936. Now what could this be? Hmmm... I'm not sure. Anyone have any ideas?]

    [Below: Flyer dropped on Allied troops. This is so amazingly cool! Wow. It doesn't really need my comments as it speaks for itself. It is made of very light paper, practically like tissue paper. Front.]

    [Below: Reverse.]


    [Below: Flyer dropped on Allied troops on the Western Front. Another amazing leaflet. The graphics on these and the fluent grasp of English are superb. It is made of very light paper, practically like tissue paper. Front.]

    [Below: Reverse.]


    [Below: Flyer dropped on Allied troops who had invaded Italy. Again, these are just so neat and in your face. Just plain cool. It is made of very light paper, practically like tissue paper. Front.]

    [Below: Reverse.]


    [Below: Flyer dropped on Allied troops. Ah darling Roosevelt, the secret commie with his commie wife. He killed more white men than probably any man who ever lived. It is made of very light paper, practically like tissue paper. Front.]

    [Below: Reverse.]


    [Below: Flyer dropped on British troops in Italy. It is made of very light paper, practically like tissue paper. Front.]

    [Below: Reverse.]


    [Below: Flyer dropped on Allied troops. It is made of very light paper, practically like tissue paper. Front.]

    [Below: Reverse.]


    [Below: Flyer dropped on Allied troops. Very dark and cool. It is made of very light paper, practically like tissue paper. Front.]

    [Below: Reverse.]


    [Below: Flyer dropped on Allied troops in Italy. It is made of very light paper, practically like tissue paper. Front.]

    [Below: Reverse.]


    [Below: Flyer dropped on Allied troops. It is made of very light paper, practically like tissue paper. Front.]

    [Below: The Vosges are a mountain range in Eastern France, near the border with Germany. Of special note is a great tragedy which befell a unit of Japanese-Americans in the American army. In short, 275 soldiers from the 1st Battalion, 141st Infantry, were surrounded by German forces in the Vosges Mountains on October 24, 1944. After several attempts to free the men failed, the Americans sent in their cannon fodder: the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, a segregated unit of Japanese Americans.

    What ensued was a bloodbath of the poor Japanese-American soldiers. In five days of horrific battle, from October 26-30, 1944, the brave men frantically managed to free the 275 men. Well, 211 of them. And the Japanese cannon fodder? They suffered a whopping 800 casualties! But that was okay with the good old USA. They were only yellow insects, whose families were in concentration camps back in America, and whose people back in Japan were about to be disintegrated with two atomic bombs. Reverse.]


    [Below: Flyer dropped on Allied troops in Italy in 1944. This shows southern England burning via the amazing German 'wonder weapon' the V1 rocket. It is made of very light paper, practically like tissue paper. Front.]

    [Below: Reverse.]

    [Below: Voting ballot. This shows the madness of early German elections. Just look at all those political parties. But check out number nine and note this is the party checked by the voter. It says the 'Hitler-Bewegung', or Hitler Movement, this was the early popular name for the NSDAP.]

    [Below: Theater schedule from December 1941.]

    [Below: Inside.]

    [Below: Reverse.]

    [Below: Soldier's train ticket from August 28, 1944. It says:

    'Kleiner Wehrmachtfahrschein
    (Gilt als Fahrausweis und ist bei Beendigung der Reise auf dem Zielbahnhof abzugeben)'
    .

    Small Army ticket
    (Valid as a ticket and must be handed in at the end of the journey at the destination station).

    Also note that Cilli and Wöllan are cities in Slovenia.]

    [Below: Reverse.]

    [Below: 'Thingstätte' is an amphitheater. A 'Thin'g was an ancient Nordic/Germanic gathering of the people, in an outdoor setting. The National Socialists wanted to bring the arts to all the people, no matter their geographical location. They built forty of these beautiful outdoor amphitheaters, and had plans to build hundreds, but like all of their plans for social programs the war prevented them. Front/back.]

    [Below: Inside.]

    [Below: Thingstätte Heidelberg, Germany.]

    [Below: As it is today, abandoned.]

    [Below: A 3rd Reich ration card for Jewish children? Yes! This doesn't exactly fit the narrative does it? This a proof of a bread ration card overprinted 'Jude' for use by Jews. Also overprinted 'Ungültiges Muster!' (Invalid Sample/Proof!). Circa 1943.]

    [Below: Another 3rd Reich ration card for Jewish children and adolescents. This one is specifically for Jewish children ages 3 - 18. This lists the ration items as legumes, rice and even coffee. This is a proof like that above. Circa 1943.]

    [Below: This is a huge foldout. It says: 'Was jeder vom deutschen U-BOOT wissen muß'

    (What everyone has to know about the German submarine).]

    [Below: Reverse.]

    [Below: Additional information.]