Mark your calendar for what will undoubtedly be the finest celebration of all things ephemera in North America this year! The Ephemera Fair will be held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Old Greenwich, CT on Saturday, March 18th and Sunday, March 19th. Ephemera are items made from paper that were not made to stand the test of time, and have since become collectible. Popular categories include correspondence, advertising materials, historical documents, posters, tickets, scores and scripts, cards, and many others.
The Ephemera Fair, the highest quality show of its type in the country, features 77 dealers from 12 states selling an amazing selection of historically significant ephemera.
The Ephemera Fair, open to the public, Saturday and Sunday features an international group of sellers who specialize in items ranging from A to Z. Care to learn more about Valentine cards or documents signed by presidents? Or perhaps posters or vintage advertising call to you. Attendees interested in entertainment will enjoy the fair's selections of original movie scripts, manuscripts, and music scores. Photographers will appreciate the daguerreotypes, stereo-views, cabinet cards, and photos on offer. Other areas include broadsides, maps, catalogs, and design related materials, among practically countless others.
According to Marvin Getman, producer of The Ephemera Fair, "Even people who don’t "officially" collect ephemera will love this event. And odds are, they will leave with at least one item that catches their fancy! Walking through this fair is walk through history. Visitors get to see how people lived before the digital age—long before our smartphones and computers shaped the way today people define friends, correspondence, and communication."
The Ephemera Fair will be held at the Hyatt Regency Greenwich, located at 1800 East Putnam Avenue, Old Greenwich, CT, and is open to the public on Saturday, March 18th from 10am-5pm and Sunday, March 19th from 11am-4pm. The hotel offers free parking. Tickets at the door for the two-day show are $15 for adults; college students with ID and children under 18 are free with an adult admission. Sunday admission is only $8. Discounted online tickets are available on the website http://www.bookandpaperfairs.com. This event is held in conjunction with the Ephemera Society of America's annual conference, Ephemera37. Collectors and museum curators travel from all points of the country to attend this conference. The theme for this year’s conference is American Ingenuity-What’s The Big Idea? Speakers at the conference, which include museum curators as well as independent collector and scholars will present images of inventors and invention, focusing on innovative ideas and how they were disseminated for good (the freedom of bicycle travel) or ill (the chicanery of patent medicine). For more information on the conference programs see www.ephemerasociety.org.
Image: 1870s book Harpel’s Typograph, the groundbreaking 19th century book on printing, presented by R. Dana Sheaff & Co. Bethel VT.