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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

24 February 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.

ESA conference

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enthusiasts with the opportunities to discover antiquarian books, manuscripts, modern first editions , autographed historical documents, fine & rare books, old books, old maps, artist books and much more during NYC Rare Book Week.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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The New Baxter Society Feature Exhibition

4-7 April 2019 at the NEC, Birmingham


The New Baxter Society is providing the Feature Exhibition at the Art & Antiques for Everyone Spring Fair, which will showcase the prints of George Baxter and his licensees, explaining how his patented "Baxter Process" prints were produced, and showing how these prints made affordable coloured pictures available to the masses for the first time.

The exhibited prints will tell the story of key events throughout the mid-nineteenth century and show how they came to be used on everyday objects - from book illustrations and decorative prints to embellishments for needle-boxes, pin cushions, calling card baskets, children's picture tickets, reward cards, and much more.

The New Baxter Society is a not-for-profit organisation concerned with the collection, preservation and study of the colour prints of George Baxter, his Licensees and other Nineteenth-Century Colour Printers.

Image by Le Blond & Co, Licensees


Staging Magic – The Story Behind The Illusion

Until 15 June 2019

Detail from  ‘East Indian Rope Trick’ poster, circa 1928This exhibition is an adventure through the history of conjuring and magic as entertainment, a centuries-long fascination that still excites and inspires today.

It features over 60 stories which focus on magic in the form of sleight-of-hand (legerdemain) and stage illusions, from 16th century court jugglers to the great masters of the golden age of magic in the 19th and early 20th centuries.

These stories are told through the books, manuscripts and ephemera of the Harry Price Library of Magical Literature.

  • Senate House Library
  • University of London
  • Malet Street
  • London WC1E 7HU
  • UK
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  • Image detail: Thurston the famous magician ‘East Indian Rope Trick’ poster, circa 1928.
    Copyright © Senate House Library


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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Friendship Before Facebook: Social Networks in a Pre-Digital Age

26 February – 12 May 2019

How were friends selected, collected and put on display, before the digital era?

Image of pocket sized Victorian album

Explore the Library’s collection of pocket-sized friendship albums – made between the 16th and 19th centuries – full of celebrity autographs, music, miniature paintings and bawdy lift-the-flap pictures.

  • The Sir John Ritblat: Treasures Gallery
  • The British Library
  • 96 Euston Road
  • London NW1 2DB
  • UK
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Sappho to Suffrage: women who dared

Until 24 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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