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Advertising, Paper & Ephemera

People have bought and sold goods since ancient times, and they have advertised their goods for sale for just as long. Ancient Egyptians used steel carvings and papyrus signs to advertise their wares. Romans put up posters on walls to advertise gladiator events, and in the Middle Ages, town criers would call out when and where local open markets would be held.

Advertising changed dramatically with the invention of the printing press around 1440. Print advertising suddenly became affordable, allowing businesses to reach many more people through newspapers and fliers than they ever had before. Classified ads first appeared in 1631 in France, and in 1891, Sears ran the first direct marketing campaign in when it mailed postcards to 8,000 potential customers.

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Hal Poth, American (b. 1924), Collection of advertising posters and prints, unframed.

May 6, 2016, 10:00 AM CST
St. Louis, MO, USA

$10 (starting bid)

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Quartersawn oak picture frame with fire postcards from the Arts and Crafts period

May 6, 2016, 10:00 AM CST
St. Louis, MO, USA

$25 (starting bid)

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Poem by Henry Richard Stoddard, unframed, dated 1934

May 6, 2016, 10:00 AM CST
St. Louis, MO, USA

$10 (starting bid)

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1964 NEW YORK WORLDS FAIR PEPSI-COLA PAVILION POST CARD

May 6, 2016, 6:30 PM EST
GUILFORD, CT, USA

$1 (1 bid)

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VINTAGE PASADINA, CALIFORNIA BRIDGE POST CARD

May 6, 2016, 6:30 PM EST
GUILFORD, CT, USA

$1 (starting bid)

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C-97  WINGS STRATOFREIGHTER CARD # 58

May 6, 2016, 6:30 PM EST
GUILFORD, CT, USA

$1 (starting bid)

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THE PALISADES HUDSON RIVER NEW YORK POST CARD

May 6, 2016, 6:30 PM EST
GUILFORD, CT, USA

$1 (starting bid)

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HOTEL GREEN PASADENA CALIFORNIA POST CARD

May 6, 2016, 6:30 PM EST
GUILFORD, CT, USA

$1 (starting bid)

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1909 HUDSON RIVER DAY LINER STEAMER

May 6, 2016, 6:30 PM EST
GUILFORD, CT, USA

$1 (starting bid)

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MICHAEL JACKSON FANTASY BANKNOTE

May 6, 2016, 6:30 PM EST
GUILFORD, CT, USA

$1 (starting bid)

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TOPPS  # 96  GERONIMO  APACHE WARRIOR CARD

May 6, 2016, 6:30 PM EST
GUILFORD, CT, USA

$1 (starting bid)

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SUPERMAN CARDS UNOPENED WAX PACK

May 6, 2016, 6:30 PM EST
GUILFORD, CT, USA

$1 (2 bids)

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Vintage Wolf's Head Motor Oil Advertisement Sign

May 6, 2016, 6:00 PM MST
Prescott Valley, AZ, USA

$10 (1 bid)

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Vintage 1970 Yorkcraft Faithful Insurance Man Painted Wood Sign

May 6, 2016, 6:00 PM MST
Prescott Valley, AZ, USA

$14 (3 bids)

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Vintage Union Pacific Railroad Framed Advertising Mirror

May 6, 2016, 6:00 PM MST
Prescott Valley, AZ, USA

$10 (starting bid)

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Lot of Buttons Pins Keychains Shoe Horns and Assorted Ephemera

May 6, 2016, 6:00 PM MST
Prescott Valley, AZ, USA

$10 (starting bid)

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AVGN Movie LARGE Extraterrestrial Highway Sign

May 6, 2016, 8:00 PM EST
Quakertown, PA, USA

$50 (starting bid)

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AVGN Movie Roswell City Limits Printed Sign

May 6, 2016, 8:00 PM EST
Quakertown, PA, USA

$25 (starting bid)

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Lot of 2 Unused Man and Woman Cave Embossed Metal Signs

May 6, 2016, 6:00 PM MST
Prescott Valley, AZ, USA

$10 (starting bid)

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Blues Cafe ? M & M Dispenser

May 6, 2016, 8:00 PM EST
Nashville, NC, USA

$10 (3 bids)

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Collection of 10 Assorted Bottles

May 6, 2016, 8:00 PM EST
Nashville, NC, USA

$5 (1 bid)

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1966 Snoopy Candy Dispenser

May 6, 2016, 8:00 PM EST
Nashville, NC, USA

$18 (11 bids)

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Vintage Juanita Street Embossed Steel Street Sign

May 6, 2016, 6:00 PM MST
Prescott Valley, AZ, USA

$10 (1 bid)

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Vintage 1937 Newton Manufacturing S.L. Batchelor Automotive Service Advertising Calendar

May 6, 2016, 6:00 PM MST
Prescott Valley, AZ, USA

$10 (starting bid)

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Lot of 3 Betty Boop Metal Sign Bath Picture and Hollyboop Wall Clock

May 6, 2016, 6:00 PM MST
Prescott Valley, AZ, USA

$10 (starting bid)

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Sheaffer Prelude Yellow Global Advertising Ballpoint Pen in Case

May 6, 2016, 6:00 PM MST
Prescott Valley, AZ, USA

$10 (starting bid)

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Souvenir of the Austria 1848 -1898 Eisenbahn Jubilee Ball

May 7, 2016, 11:00 AM AEST
Paddington, Australia

AUD200 (starting bid)

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Australian Hand Embroidered Postcards from World War 1 (9 items)

May 7, 2016, 11:00 AM AEST
Paddington, Australia

AUD100 (1 bid)

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Picture Postcards of the German Raider 'Seeadler'  (5 items)

May 7, 2016, 11:00 AM AEST
Paddington, Australia

AUD75 (starting bid)

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'Proclamation' for 'H.M.A.S. Adelaide World Cruise' - Dated 1924,  with contemporary Silver Badge

May 7, 2016, 11:00 AM AEST
Paddington, Australia

AUD500 (starting bid)

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Taschenuhr, Savonette, auf Zifferblatt sign.

May 7, 2016, 11:00 AM CET
Stuttgart, Germany

€150 (starting bid)

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Scot Alexander,

May 7, 2016, 12:00 PM EET
Thessaloniki, Greece

€60 (starting bid)

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4 sheets of Ottoman music, with printed notes & lyrics.

May 7, 2016, 12:00 PM EET
Thessaloniki, Greece

€10 (1 bid)

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????af? 1909 st? S??? t?? ?a?t???a??? eta??e?a?

May 7, 2016, 12:00 PM EET
Thessaloniki, Greece

€34 (starting bid)

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??d? - ??ta??a?t??? ??t????p?t?? de?aet?a 1920, ????a. 5 ????afa, de?t?a pa?a??e??a?.

May 7, 2016, 12:00 PM EET
Thessaloniki, Greece

€2 (starting bid)

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??d? - ??ta??a?t??? ??t?????t?? Tessa?????? de?aet?a 1920. 3 ????afa - de?t?a pa?a??e??a?.

May 7, 2016, 12:00 PM EET
Thessaloniki, Greece

€2 (starting bid)

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Compagnie Internationale Du Gaz / F?ta????? ?e??a???. ??µ?????? ?ata????s?? 1922.

May 7, 2016, 12:00 PM EET
Thessaloniki, Greece

€4 (starting bid)

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