1Things that exist or are used or enjoyed for only a short time.
‘there were papers, letters, old boxes—all sorts of ephemera’

1.1Collectable items that were originally expected to have only short-term usefulness or popularity.
‘Mickey Mouse ephemera’

Here’s classic example, an enormous matchbook brought in by a helpful faculty member:


The back is equally impressive:


You can’t really know for sure but it seems to date from the late 1950s–Hamman Hall, Keith-Weiss, and M.D. Anderson Biological Labs were all finished in 1958. That’s a pretty long time for something that was meant to burn up.



Extra Bonus: My favorite picture from Homecoming–abandoned shoes, 8:56 a.m. Sent in by a reader alert enough to notice, yet not quite alert enough to keep his finger out of the photo.


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5 Responses to Ephemera

  1. Robert Brazile says:

    Seeing as how it says “Rice University”…perhaps it was issued in 1960 as part of the rollout of the name change?

  2. Steve Lukingbeal, Hanszen 76 says:

    I could swear I saw that matchbook cover sold at the RMC about 1972.

  3. Owlcop says:

    Please everyone remember to ” Close cover before striking” !

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