Historical and Vintage Documents

Documents encompass all manner of printed and handwritten forms, from deeds and birth certificates to licenses and passports. These pieces of paper may contain signatures, making them of interest to autograph collectors, but documents do more than capture John Hancocks—they are official records of the circumstances surrounding particular moments and events, often witnessed and documented, if you will, first hand.

For those fascinated by militaria, documents offer windows into armed conflicts via battle orders, maps showing troop movements, and even wartime letters home recounting an assault or counter attack. On the homefront, documents can reveal the health of a business, as in an itemized billhead listing goods ordered or sold. Contracts and promissory notes, whether handwritten or filled in on a form, can be used as primary source materials by historians and genealogists. As for stock and bond certificates, these documents may have represented the promise of wealth in the future, but today they are usually collected for less lucrative reasons like nostalgia or aesthetics.


Best of the Web (“Hall of Fame”)

Ephemera Society of America

Ephemera Society of America

Great reference on ephemera... includes examples and descriptions of various ephemera categories, selected special … [read review or visit site]



Clubs & Associations

Most watched eBay auctions    

1839, William Christy, Funded The Texas Revolution, New Orleans Leader, Signed 1773 Fincastle Va, Kentucky Document - Pioneer Col John Floyd, John Byrd1707, Rowley, Mass; Spafford Family Estate Settlement Signed, Richard Bailey1712, Bradford, Mass; Caleb Hopkinson, Estate Settlement Signed,1779, Bradford, Mass. Sale Of Pew, Second Parish, Committee Members SignedWilliam Whipple - Signer Of The Declaration Of Independence From New Hampshire 1798, Connecticut, Rm48, 25 Cent Embossed Revenue, Promissory Note SignedJoshua L. Chamberlain - Union General At Gettysburg

1731, Falmouth, Maine, Famous Jordan Family Land Gift, Signed, John Gray Signed1712, Bradford, Mass; Caleb Hopkinson, Estate Settlement Signed,Queens County Long Island Ny 1752 Land Transfer Deed Cornell & Hicks Families Vintage Diplomatic Passport Usa 1980 Reisepass Travel Document1790, New York, Daniel Mccormick Signed Deposition, Pick Pocket In The MarketVintage Diplomatic Passport Usa 1961 Reisepass Travel Document1762, Ct., Captain Thomas Seymour, Memorandum, Barbarous, Cruel Beating Of Wife1878 Harvard Bicycle Club Certificate, High Wheel, Penny FarthingCivil War Era -- Carson City, Nevada Territory -- Wells Fargo Check -- 18621726, Wells, Maine, James Samson, Land Sale, Joseph Hill Signed1737, Simsbury, Ct; Daniel Loomis, Land Sale To Michael Humphrey, Signed 1811, Bennington, Vt; Anthony Haswell, Printer, Imprisoned Under Sedition Act18th Century Printing Act And Law 1789 Massachusetts Taking Lord's Name In VainEarly Wells Fargo Lot -- Letter, Documents, Checks - Ny To San Francisco - 18541831,princeton, Mass:, Peter Richardson, Inn Keeper, Stage Coach Stop ReadyYugoslavia Offical Service Passport 1962Vintage Seaman Passport Usa 1943 Reisepass Travel Document1760 Legal Document Land Deal Henry Hinner Stoffle Province Of MarylandNoblespirit No Reserve {3970} Scarce 1846 Jefferson Medical College Philadelphia1868 Circular American Express Co From Charles Fargo Re Train Robbers1728,watertown, Mass; Mary Grant, Land Sale, Signed Major Gen. William BrattleVintage Decree From 1943Antique Land Deed Bedford County, Pa 1830 Signed Jean Bonnet Tavern Owner Pair Of Early Wells Fargo & Co. Express Newspaper Advertsements -- San FranciscoNathaniel P. Banks - Union General And Governor Of Massachusetts Confederate General John B. Floyd - Document Signed Pa Gov Thomas Mifflin Signed 1789 Deed 471 Acres Northampton Co Wax Seals BlakeyPa Gov Thomas Mifflin Signed 1796 Deed 299 Acres Northumberland Co Wax Seal1811 Methodist Elder Samuel Parker, Missouri Circuit Signed DocumentFrederick County Maryland 1790s Documents Lot (2)19th Century Documents W/ Revenue Stamps (5): Guardian Bond; Mortgage; Checks 1803, Hartford, Revolutionary War Hero, Thomas Youngs Seymour, Signed Documents1883 Cuba Patronato System Slavery ~ Pardo Slave Freedom Labor At Sugar Refinery1781, East Haddam, Ct. Captain Amos Judson, Looking For Pay, Col. Thomas SeymourTwo 1912 Levi Strauss & Company San Francisco Ca Invoices & So Pacific ReceiptColonial Promissory Notes 1774 Hartford Ct Lot (2) - Barrett, WatersAntique, Men Of Progress - American Inventors, Pub. By Munn & Co. N.y., 1863 1888 Certificate Of Marriage Original & Framed German School Document, 1851, Kronberg, Juliane C. Kunz1789, French Maritime Bill For Shipping, With A Monogram Logo.1867 Proclamation Of President Andrew Johnson1739 Kittery, Massachusetts (now Maine) Deed1740 Early American/colonial "promissory Note" Feb. 17th. 1740/41Two 1869 Tippah County Mississippi Issued Marriage LicensesRare 1855 Florida Military Land Warrant: A Ghostly Transaction In NewnansvilleVintage Finland Travel Document Passport Reisepass 19791708 American Colonial Pre- Revolution Handwritten Legal Document 5 1/2" X 5"Great Western Despatch Letterhead -- U.s. Express -- 18721764 Promissory Note1908 Oklahoma Creek Nation Indians Homestead Deed, Native AmericanAntique Italian Paper 16171941 Personal I.d. Issued From Honolulu Hawaii Police Department