Pennsylvania German Broadsides: Windows into an American Culture
Section I: Introduction Section II: The Broadside in Public Life Section III: The Broadside in Private Life Section IV: The Broadside Today
Section I: What is a Broadside? Section I: Who are the Pennsylvania Dutch? Section I: The Three Languages of the Boradside


"Broadsides" (or "broadsheets," in Britain and elsewhere) are pieces of paper printed on one side, for sale or distribution at fairs, markets, or by peddlers who roamed the countryside with them. Some, like baptismal and marriage certificates, were kept, while others were often discarded after use. They can all be subsumed under the useful rubric of "ephemera." From the Greek ephemeris, meaning "of a day," ephemeral items were things not meant to last.


Contact Information: The Library Company of Philadelphia, 1314 Locust Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107 - 215-546-3181, FAX 215-546-5167 Contact Wendy Woloson, Curator of Printed Books, for more information regarding this exhibition at . Illustration: Detail from Song of the War of 1812, (1814)