About The Ephemera Society
Established in 1975, the Society is today internationally recognised
as the authority in the field of ephemera, counting among its members libraries, museums,
colleges and universities, as well as ephemera dealers and private individuals
in twenty or more countries.
The emblem of the Society represents Samuel Pepys (1633 - 1703), Secretary
to the Admiralty and celebrated diarist. Described by the societys
founder, Maurice Rickards, as the first general ephemerist,
Pepys's collection embraced trade cards, board games and labels as well
as ballads and other street literature.
A lesser known fact about the great diarist is that in 1698 Pepys designed
a bookplate for his convivial friend Arthur Charlett, master of University
College, Oxford. Shown here, it is the first in a style which became immensely
popular known as bookpile ex-libris.
Samuel Pepys in his diary does not mention the acquisition of ephemera
but it was clearly of considerable interest to him. Surviving in two large
albums at Magdalene College, Cambridge, are over one thousand items he
kept to illustrate his daily life in London.
Members of Council
- President Professor Michael Twyman
- Chairman Valerie Jackson-Harris
- Secretary Graham Hudson
- Treasurer John Hall
- Bazaars Secretary Valerie Jackson-Harris
- Ephemerist Editor Robert Banham
- North American Representative John Sayers
- Website Malcolm Warrington
Council members without designated office
Kirsten Hardie, Roger Knowles, Robertino Poposki (co-opted member),
Sally de Beaumont (ex-officio).