Vintage and Antique Photographs, Postcards and More

Denver, Colorado · 11685 Sales


Vintage and Antique Photographs, Postcards and More

Denver, Colorado 11685 Sales On Etsy since 2010

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Excited to announce that Ephemera Obscura is now offering original art and prints in addition to E.O.'s antique ephemera collection!
The right frame can turn a simple snapshot into a unique work of art infused with natural character and history. Mary and her chickens are a perfect example displayed in an old family frame that usually holds a childhood portrait of my great uncle.
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And So It Begins. . .

I remember the first photograph I decided to buy. Wandering around an antique store with my parents as we often did I came across a wash stand with old photographs filling its basin. The images I saw haunted and inspired me to this day. The first photograph I bought was a woman with an incredibly tiny waist. I always find myself holding my breath in sympathy as I imagine how it must have been to breath in a corset so tight. After that I searched through every stash of photos I came across. The rest of the family would have moved on and I'd still be there marveling at so many forgotten windows to the past. My fate was sealed when after a few years of collecting I bought my first photo album. It was an empty Victorian Cabinet album with a soft blue cover and painted flowers on the front, I planned to put my growing photo collection inside. To make a long story short... the album was 'Haunted". Two photographs appeared in the album out of no where and although I never touched them myself they would be moved around inside the album, even turning up in odd places outside the album. It increased my interest tenfold and I never stopped collecting. Disasters of any type, prisons and hospitals, interior shots without people, Postmortem and Mourning, Historical moments or places, ghostly, haunting, the most strange, and those images that just have that indescribable 'familiar' feeling.

Shop members

  • Kari

    Owner, Curator, Collector

    A long time lover of the strange and obscure, I've been collecting ephemera for over 20 years. I grew up in Chicagoland, but moved to Denver after falling in love with Colorado on my first visit. Ephemera Obscura is my full-time passion thanks to you

Production partners

  • Reed Art & Imaging

    Denver, CO

    Reed Art & Imaging prints high quality reproductions of Ephemera Obscura's original works.

Shop policies

Last updated on March 5, 2017
Hey there!
Please contact me with any questions or comments. If you're looking for something particular let me know and I'll keep an eye out for you on my acquiring expeditions. I have a trove of items that are not yet on Etsy, new items listed daily.
Thanks for looking~ Kari

Accepted payment methods

  • Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
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Returns and exchanges
Returns are accepted if the buyer ships the item back in the same condition as sent. If you need to return an item you must CONTACT ME WITHIN 7 DAYS of receiving the item. Please explain your reason for returning the item and Ship the item back to me. Once I receive the returned item I will refund you the cost of your purchase minus the cost of shipping.
I prefer payments through Paypal but I can accept most payment types. If you are paying with a money order or personal check, I will not ship your item until payment clears.
***Orders shipped within the U.S. are $3.00 for unlimited items. Orders shipped to Australia, Canada and the U.K. are $10.50 for first item and $0.25 for each additional item. Shipping for all other countries is $12.50 for the first item and $0.25 for each additional item.***

***Item(s) will be packaged with care in an acid free sleeve, placed between two pieces of non-corrugated, acid-free cardboard and shipped in a Bubble mailer.***

***All orders are shipped using USPS FIRST Class (2-5 Days) unless otherwise requested. If you need something SHIPPED FASTER you can upgrade to USPS Priority (2-3 Days) for an additional $5.00. If you need Express shipping or arrival by a specific date, please contact me.***
Additional policies and FAQs
Each of my Vintage and Antique items have their own unique history, and are sold exactly as I bought or found them/ They are in “AS FOUND" condition. Due to their unique nature, rarity, and age, all items are sold “AS IS”.

When grading an item I do my best to fairly and accurately rate the item's condition. Besides the Condition Grade mentioned in each listing I always describe any writing, wear, damage or aging I notice. However I am always happy to answer further questions on condition or provide a closeup.

More information

Last updated on Mar 23, 2016
Frequently asked questions

Do you accept Reserves?

Yes! If you wish to place an item on Reserve just contact me. In your message please mention the item or items you'd like to reserve and how long you need to reserve them for. I will then mark them as reserved on the listing.