What We Saved: Old-Time Ephemera from the Seaport Museum Archives

Anapkin, a postcard, a matchbook-all are designed to be discarded, but sometimes we keep these souvenirs because they have personal significance. They serve as tangible reminders of memories we don't want to forget.

In addition to the letters, photographs and business papers found in the Seaport Museum Archives, we also collect other personal items. Often we know why these ephemera were saved, but sometimes we can only guess. For us, the materials hold broader significance beyond their original personal value-they connect us to a past time and place.


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