Man in a Bottle, ca. 1957
Don't be polite. What you're really wondering is, "What the heck is it?"
My Dad didn't want it. Neither did my aunt, my sister, or anyone else. So, I took it.
First definition of ephemera: stuff no one else wants.
Really. Ephemera is intended to be thrown away after use. It has a transitory specific one-time purpose. That folks tend to tuck the odd theater stub in a scrapbook or dry prom corsages is outside the intended purpose of the item. Hence, stuff that survives is less than common and more interesting to a lot of us ephemera aficionados. Of course, there's always the craftsman who repurposes an old photo in a piece of art as well.
"Uncle Sam" 11-29-57
You've seen the photos and now you know as much as I do. If you have any clues about this bit of gen-u-wine mid-century craftsmanship please leave a comment or join Caroline Pointer and me tonight on What's Up Genealogy, Google+ Hangout on Air. We are talking ephemera and odd artifacts and would love to hear what you think about this treasure.