Vol. 7, Issue 1
From the Collection
Ephemera and Advertising
is important to understand that when creating a collection,
no matter the discipline, there is usually an assortment of
ephemera and advertising that not only embellishes the display,
but also allows for the history of the objects to be explored
in greater depth. Strictly speaking, the word ephemera applies
only to items that have short working lives, and it is almost
always associated with objects made of paper. Companies use
all sorts of means and materials to promote their names. The
objects that follow are examples of "the cart following
the horse" inasmuch as their inclusion in the Lee Valley
collection was meant only to enhance the other items in it.
of a shipping crate for Simonds brand saws
Item 1: This was part of a shipping box or crate for a large
circular saw. R.H. Smith & Co. (1871-1893) succeeded J.
Flint (1856-1871) of St. Catharines, Ontario. Well marked, it
advertised Simonds brand saws and appears to be from a 48"
diameter saw crate.
This Plumb Co. axe stand is incomplete; the rods are missing.
2: Missing are the four rods that create the stand to hold the
axes. The Plumb Co. produced axes for many years. The trademark
is one that was used circa 1920. Note the 5.75 price for a double-bit
axe that is written on the unit.