Winterthur recently purchased the John and Carolyn Grossman Collection.
The John and Caroloyn Grossman Collection represent approximately 250,000 colored, printed items called ephemera portraying a life in America from 1820 to 1920. Ephemera represents a host of materials designed to circulate in society for only a brief time, including greeting cards, product labels, baseball cards, postcards, scrapbooks, calendars, paper dolls, sheet music, event tickets, and more.
In relation to social and cultural history, the collection can be mined for information on such topics as: evolving ideals of domestic life; the construction of race and ethnicity; the changing nature of gender identity; the history of sexuality; the history of leisure and sport and more. For more information, visit winterthur.org.