Definition: That which is intended to last for one day; of brief duration; short-lived.
Therefore, ephemera is used as a term to describe newspaper articles, pictures, pamphlets, brochures, handbills, letters, invoices, etc. that were intended for a definite purpose at a specific point in time. Ephemeral material, then, gives us possibly the clearest view of history as it was actually happening. We are looking for any such half-forgotten, Gastonia-themed items you might have that were put away long ago in a desk drawer, shoe box, trunk, or book. Please share them with Gastonians everywhere. We will be happy to scan and return them, or you may send an image as a JPEG e-mail attachment.