Ephemera is a word that came up as I was watching television the other night. The show was about four antique dealers who compete to buy items at large flea markets. They then resell them at an auction, and the person with the biggest profit wins.
Usually, they are given a certain type of item, era or category to shop for. In this show, they contestants were supposed to shop for ephemera.
I had heard the term ephemera but was not sure of the meaning. Through the show and via an only search, here is what I found.
Basically, the term means anything short-lived that is written or printed. These items are not meant to be retained or preserved. They are useful or important just for a short while.
Ephemera includes stamps, pamphlets, tickets stock certificates, posters, postcards catalogs and greeting cards.
The word is from a Greek words meaning something that lasts no more than a day.
There is even an Ephemera Society of America.