‘Ephemera’ means things that by definition were never intended to be kept, such as tickets, envelopes, and printed packaging. How do we look after it and ensure that people can use it?
MoDA’s Charles Hasler Collection contains material designed by him, and collected by him for inspiration. Hasler was particularly interested in all aspects of typography, printing, and the design of packaging.
In 2013, we carried out some conservation work on this part of his collection. We did a lot of work on sorting and re-housing much of the Hasler ephemera.
Knowing a bit more about what the collection contained enabled us to commission Jane Audas to research and write a book about the Charles Hasler Collection. The book, Charles Hasler Sends His Greetings is available from the Middlesex University online shop.
The Hasler Collection was also used extensively by the creative practitioners who took part in the Hasler Gallery Project. In fact they named the gallery in North Finchley after him.
You can find more about Charles Hasler and his work on our online Reading List.
The particular details of everyday inspiration
MoDA's new book on the Ephemera Collection of mid-century designer, Charles Hasler
The Charles Hasler collection includes Christmas cards from many of his friends, key figures in design of the 1950s.