Ephemera: No More Than a Day

From Wikipdeia: Ephemera is transitory written and printed matter not intended to be retained or preserved. The word derives from the Greek, meaning things lasting no more than a day. Some collectible ephemera are advertising trade cards, airsickness bags, bookmarks, catalogues, greeting cards, letters, pamphlets, postcards, posters, prospectuses, stock certificates, tickets and zines.

If I try to think of specific things not meant to last more than a day the mind draws a blank. It’s so far from my own experience and view of the world. But I think of insects, even though they are not printed matter, some only live a day or a week.

What others things only last a day (or really short time) and why is that idea kind of romanticized?

The Ephemera Society, UK.
Flickr: Printed Ephemera
Ning: The Ephemera Network

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