On Monday, I received in the mail what is now the oldest ephemera (that I know of) in my collection:
WOWIE WOW WOW.
I got this amazing set at Paper Flea Market (speaking of this wonderful shop - have you entered our giveaway for the PFM $15 gift certificate yet?!?). When I saw all of that amazing handwriting, it had to be mine.
Because it's 124 years old, it's in pretty delicate shape. I haven't even dared to take the largest piece out of its sleeve yet - it's folded unto itself and I fear even more damage. But the envelope and blue "folio" are in amazing shape for their age!
I can't say as I know how this lottery works, seeing as how it's written in what I like to call "casual legalese". :) I think what's going on is that this guy, a Mr. George Goss from Cameron, Pennsylvania, pays into the lottery and if he wins, then a percentage of his winnings go right back into the lottery - sort of like a dividend. What's interesting is that nothing's really changed except the printing; there's as much advertising and excitement generated around this lottery and there are our state lotteries of today. But it smells like a giant scam to me, and a VERY expensive one at that! I used a currency calculator and inflation adjuster, and 300,000 Marks in 1888 would equal $4,742,902.24 in today's US dollars. YOWZA!! Of course, there is no such thing as a Deutche Mark anymore, but I digress. :D
Some of you may be wondering if I'll be using this stuff in my art work - yes? Please don't hurt me! I know some of you feel sick right now - HOW could I possibly deface some 124 year-old beautiful papers?! I completely understand how you feel. But since they're decaying already - so badly that I don't want to remove the sheets from the casing - what good will it be in 100 years? I may leave the blue sheet intact, but the envelope and other sheet are fair game in my book.
If I do happen to use it, I'll be sure to post the final result! :D