Sometimes you come across old newspaper clippings. Perhaps you were cleaning out your parents or grandparents attic or garage and came across them. I urge you not to throw these old things away until you have assessed their value.
That’s right, they have value. FIRST, there are actually people who collect such items because they understand their CULTURAL value. So even if you don’t see the value in them or if you don’t have space to store them, check with a person who collect ephemera to see if you can get some money for them. Ephemera is defined as items of collectible memorabilia, typically written or printed ones, that were originally expected to have only short-term usefulness or popularity. (Google Definitiion)
SECOND, even if you can’t get a bit of money for them, they are valuable because they give us hints as to what life was like during that time period. Remember that our predecessors didn’t have computers with internet at their fingertips to go to when they wanted to find a recipe, past news stories etc. It wasn’t unusual at all for people to save items they considered important. They pressed them into books or even filled special scrapbooks with them. They often also saved pretty things like book marks or show tickets that had a beautiful design.
A quick trip to ebay with a search for ephemera will give you a better idea of what’s out there.
If you find ephemera, please don’t throw it away. These clippings hold clues to our past and who we were.