Early Tombstone Paper: Ephemera

This page will contain scanned images from our collection of various ephemera related to Tombstone, Arizona, past and present. It is our purpose to share as much of our collection as possible with those that are truly interested.

You will notice the items on display have dark lines through them or a red logo. This is from a clear Mylar transparency that we lay the document on before scanning it. We do this to stop unauthorized copying of the items.

Our goal is to promote and educate people on the magnificent history of the American West. Step back in history and enjoy these rare and scarce images from early Tombstone and southeast Arizona!

Pictured is a rare Tombstone broadside advertising poster from, we believe, 1927. The Tombstone Rodeo was open to all cowboys! One wonders how many of these still exist? © Kevin Mulkins, 2012

Pictured is a exceptionally rare Tombstone, A.T. telephone directory from 1902. It consists of four unnumbered pages with local business advertisements on the inside covers. In 1902, there were 98 listings in this phone directory and most were businesses, government offices, and some well-to-do individuals. The cover has a real photograph of the Schieffelin Monument, taken by W.R. Humphries, Mining Photographer, Copper Queen Hotel, Bisbee. © Kevin Mulkins, 2012

A recent ephemeral acquisition is this little pamphlet of only twenty-three pages. It was self published and privately printed between 1935 and 1937 by Captain S. E. Darby. The pamphlet is extremely rare with this being only the second one known to exist. It is a Tombstone promotional item touting the old mining camp as "the new" health resort of the Southwest. The author's statements about early Tombstone history are amusing! ©Kevin Mulkins, 2012

Ephemeral items such as this one are interesting and sometimes rare. Their very nature was to be read and eventually discarded unless specifically saved and preserved. This colorful brochure dates to around 1914 and promotes all the major towns in Cochise County. Its purpose was to encourage people from back east to immigrate and work in Cochise County, Arizona. ©Kevin Mulkins, 2012

Another ephemeral item touting the virtues of living and working in Cochise County, Arizona. Many times the information in these little booklets was more propaganda in nature than factual! This little booklet dates to 1907. ©Kevin Mulkins, 2012

This rare ephemeral pamphlet is one of the better ones. It was produced in 1910 by Frank D. Myers, Immigration Commissioner of Cochise County. It has four fold-out maps, many illustrations, wonderful descriptive text, and it paints a pretty picture of Tombstone and Cochise County in 1910. The reality was many of its citizens were struggling during poor economic conditions. ©Kevin Mulkins, 2012

This ephemeral brochure the Tombstone Town Tattler was published by the Tombstone Chamber of Commerce and the City Council in 1929 or 1930. Fully illustrated, it was a favorite hand out to tourists and to those who would take them back home with them and give to their friends. Of course it promotes Tombstone's violent past, Helldorado and tourism. ©Kevin Mulkins, 2012

Some ephemeral items are extremely collectible and rare. This little booklet produced in 1946 by Sarah Grace Bakarich titled Empty Saddles, A New Version of the Earp-Clanton Fight is one of them! A Clanton supporter and Earp detractor, the author leaves no doubt where her alliances were. She produced a rare and very collectible piece of Tombstone ephemera which is coveted by Tombstone and book collectors alike. ©Kevin Mulkins, 2012

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