Art 13.10.2010

JFK Memorial, An Example of Memorial Ephemera in the 20th Century

With mourning being a constant earner of capital, events draw quite a large amount of memorial paraphernalia, as seen in the previous examples.

Never outdone, the US has mass produced memorial pieces dating as far back as Washington. Lincoln items are notable in that he died not long after the Civil War when the American memorial industry had become centralised and large enough to produce many different items.

In this JFK piece above, the style still retains the black border and a prayer (common for memorial cards and that he was a Catholic). There was another version of this card produced, which Mrs Kennedy had destroyed due to her dislike of the picture, though some are still in existence.

Further Reading on Memorial Ephemera

Photography + Ephemera

George V Memorial Card

Ephemera: 1915 Australian Memorial Card

Memorial Card and Hairwork

Queen Victoria Funeral Programme

The Graphic: Funeral of Queen Victoria

Queen Victoria Funeral Card

Parnell Mourning Ephemera

Prince Albert Memorial Ephemera

A Look Back on Ephemera