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Ephemera Society Fairs 2019

Sunday · 2 June · 1 December

2019 ephemera fair dates

A window into the past for both the curious and the collector — find rare, unusual and historic paper items, priced from £2 to over £2000. A huge range of ephemera will be on display. The fairs will be on for one day only so make a note in your diary now, we look forward to seeing you there!

Holiday Inn London Bloomsbury
Coram Street
London WC1N 1HT
United Kingdom

Entry £3 · 11am - 4pm · All welcome
Members from 10am with membership cards

Interested in booking a table for the fair? Reserve your space - download the booking form

For more details call 01923 829079 or email

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Bloomsbury Ephemera Fair

27 January 2019 · 9.30am - 3pm

The fair will include all of the following: books, ephemera, maps, prints, posters, postcards, photographs and many unusual printed items across the whole of the Galleon Suite.

  • Royal National Hotel
  • Bedford Way
  • London WC1H 0DG
  • UK
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Ephemera 39 Annual Conference and Fair

14-17 March 2019

Immigration is the theme of Ephemera 39, the 2019 Ephemera Society of America Conference and Fair in Old Greenwich CT.

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Presentations will range from early American history to the present, each speaker covering a topic, focusing on the tangible ephemera - broadsides, posters, tickets, menus, programs, cartoons, advertisements, etc. - that tell the immigrant story. Graduate and undergraduate students will present their research at the Young Scholars Panel to be held preceding the conference on Thursday, March 14.

On Saturday and Sunday, the ESA will present its widely-anticipated Ephemera Fair. Considered by many the best in the country, the show brings together exceptional material from a wide spectrum of knowledgeable and experienced dealers.

  • Hyatt Regency Hotel
  • Greenwich, Connecticut
  • USA
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New York City Book and Ephemera Fair

9-10 March 2019


New York City Book And Ephemera Fair provides book and ephemera enthusiasts with the opportunities to discover antiquarian books, manuscripts, modern first editions , autographed historical documents, fine & rare books, old books, old maps, artist books and much more during NYC Rare Book Week.

  • Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel
  • 811 7th Avenue
  • New York, NY, 10019
  • USA
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Alphonse Mucha

Until 27 January 2019

Mucha posterFirst major exhibition dedicated to Alphonse Mucha in Paris for nearly forty years.

Born in 1860 in the small town of Ivancice, Alphonse Mucha became famous in 1895 in Paris, with Gismonda, his first poster for Sarah Bernhardt (1844-1923), the greatest actress of the time.

As a poster artist, Mucha developed a very personal style, the "Mucha style", characterised by sinuous forms mixing young women, floral motifs and ornamental lines, as well as a subtle range of pastel shades. This style would soon embody the movement emerging at the time in the decorative arts – Art Nouveau.

While he is famous for his posters, Mucha was a versatile artist: painter, sculptor, photographer, decorator and also a valued teacher. During his first trip to the United States in 1904, he was called "the greatest decorative artist in the world", but his political and humanist beliefs led him to gradually give up this decorative style and to undertake cycles of history painting, sometimes in very large format, in a militant and idealistic spirit.

Thus, around 1900-1910, he changed and supported resolutely figurative and epic paintings, detached from all the European avant-garde artists. This exhibition traces the career of Mucha and draws the portrait of a complex artist, driven by a social and philosophical vision.

  • Musée du Luxembourg
  • 19 rue de Vaugirard
  • 75006 Paris
  • France
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Pin-Ups: Toulouse-Lautrec and the Art of Celebrity

Until 20 January 2019

Toulouse-Lautrec posterThis exhibition will be the first exhibition held at the National Galleries of Scotland devoted to the art of Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (1864-1901).

Pin-Ups: Toulouse Lautrec and the Art of Celebrity will focus on Toulouse-Lautrec’s lithographic posters, portfolio prints and illustrations which made stars of Montmartre’s venues and their entertainers - personalities such as Yvette Guilbert, Jane Avril and Aristide Bruant.

Toulouse-Lautrec’s career coincided with a revolutionary moment in the history of western printmaking - the development of the poster as a means of mass-marketing – and lithography and poster-making were central to his creative process from his first experiments in the medium in 1891 until his death in 1901.

Around 75 works by Toulouse-Lautrec and his contemporaries will be on show, including prints by Pierre Bonnard, Théophile Alexandre Steinlen and Jules Chéret. British artists were equally attracted to the dynamic café culture of Montmartre and the exhibition will also showcase works by artists such as Walter Sickert, Arthur Melville, JD Fergusson and William Nicholson, among others.

  • Royal Scottish Academy
  • Princes Street
  • Edinburgh EH2 2EL
  • UK
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Max Gill: Wonderground Man

Until 28 April 2019

Book jacketThe once forgotten work of Brighton-born MacDonald (Max) Gill (1884 – 1947) will be celebrated at Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft.

Max Gill, younger brother of Eric, was a well-known illustrator, letterer, map-maker, architect and decorative artist. His often humorous work, with its distinctive Art Deco flourishes and tones, charted the rise of new technologies such as electricity, flight and radio communication.

Gill’s work was once prominently in the public eye, particularly his brightly-coloured pictorial maps, graphic designs for book covers, and posters for transport and communications companies in the first half of the twentieth century. His best-known piece, the large 1914 Wonderground Map, was hung at every London Underground station.

Gill’s work caught the eye of London Underground titan Frank Pick, who commissioned him to create promotional transport maps, including an early version of the London Underground system map (1922), London Underground Bus Services Map (1928), as well as Theatreland, Peter Pan Map and, of course, Wonderground.

Pick went on to set up the Empire Marketing Board poster sub-committee and brought in Gill to create a number of posters there, including the magnificent Highways of Empire (1927). Attracting a great deal of contemporary interest, his advertisements reflected changing attitudes to Empire and global trade, as well as approaches to cartographic representation.

Image: The Week-End Book (by Francis Meynell) Dust Jacket by Max Gill (1926) private collection

  • Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft
  • Lodge Hill Lane
  • Ditchling, East Sussex, BN6 8SP
  • UK
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Sappho to Suffrage: women who dared

Until 3 February 2019

Image of Postcard, Britannia,women’s suffrage reform

This exhibition marks the centenary of women’s suffrage in the United Kingdom; it is also concerned with highlighting the pioneering women who predated the suffrage movement and those who came after them.

Sappho to Suffrage celebrates the achievements of women who dared to do the unexpected and showcases some of the Bodleian’s most remarkable and treasured items.

Image: Detail from postcard, Britannia, Women’s suffrage reform, No taxation without representation, 1911-12. ©John Johnson Collection

  • Treasury, Weston Library
  • Bodleian Library
  • Broad Street
  • Oxford OX13BG
  • UK
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