Ephemera Events & Exhibitions
Ephemera Society Fairs
It is not without some tears that we have come to the reluctant decision that the society’s Ephemera Fairs will have to be cancelled because of the ongoing restrictions imposed by the coronavirus. As soon as the situation changes an update will appear here.
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Bracing Air, Abundant Amusements: The Travel Posters of Charles Pears
Until 25 February 2022
Bustling beaches, bathing belles and bold Art Deco design. Be transported back to the heyday of rail tourism, day trips and the British seaside holiday with the vibrant travel posters of Pontefract-born artist, Charles Pears.
A renowned marine artist, illustrator and member of the Royal Academy, this exhibition celebrates Pears in the town where he grew up and began his initial training. Focusing on his career as a commercial artist, it features works kindly lent from national collections, including designs for London Transport and British rail companies.
Admire peaceful scenes from the banks of the Thames, enjoy the bright lights of the city and soak up plenty of sun, sea, sand and sky.
- Pontefract Museum
- 5 Salter Row
- WF8 1BA
John Hassall: Illustrator and Poster Artist
22 May - 29 August 2021
During the early twentieth century, John Hassall was one of Britain’s best-known and most high-profile artists. Working across a variety of disciplines, he was a prolific book illustrator, a humorous artist for postcards and magazines, an art school founder and teacher, a painter in oils, consummate clubman, and a designer of toys, figurines, pottery and nursery decor.
But it was through his commercial illustration for travel companies, political causes, theatre and well-known brands that he made his name in an age when advertising hoardings were known as the, ‘poor man’s art gallery’. Hassall’s natural affinity for poster art, and the popularity of his creations, was to earn him the title, ‘The Poster King’.
Employing bold line, flat colours and an engagingly cheery style, Hassall’s designs had immediate impact with many creations, notably his famous, ‘Skegness is SO bracing’ poster, becoming embedded in popular culture. This exciting and beautiful exhibition seeks to explore key aspects of John Hassall’s work, and to celebrate the life of this extraordinary artist a century on from his heyday.
- Heath Robinson Museum
- Pinner Memorial Park
- 50 West End Lane
- Pinner HA5 1AE
The Art of Advertising
Until 30 August 2021
The Art of Advertising tells the story of British advertising from the mid 18th century to the 1930s through an incredible collection of handbills, trade cards, novelties, posters and much more.
Drawing on the Bodleian’s renowned John Johnson Collection of Printed Ephemera, one of the largest and most important collections of printed ephemera in the world, the exhibition will reveal how advertisements reflect social attitudes over time while showcasing some of the finest examples of advertising illustration and commercial art.
- The Treasury
- Weston Library
- Broad Street
- Oxford, OX1 3BG
Online exhibtion and visitor details
Wish You Were Here: 151 Years of the British Postcard
Until 2 January 2022
Wish You Were Here celebrates and explores the iconic role the postcard has played in connecting people for more than a century and a half.
The British postcard’s history began in 1870 and 2020 marked its 150th anniversary. An innovation of its time, the postcard meant new and faster correspondence through the post.
They were used to send secret messages of love, to boost morale for soldiers at war and to boast from holidays near and afar.
Visitors can explore the postcard through history and reflect on its future with themes including romance, First World War correspondence, the Great British seaside, contemporary art and the postcard in a digital age.
- The Postal Museum
- 15-20 Phoenix Place
- WC1X 0DA
A Century of Dining Out: The American story in menus 1841-1941
Grolier Club online exhibition
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Henry Voigt the foremost authority on American menus -- has released an online preview of his upcoming Grolier Club exhibition, A Hundred Years of Dining Out: The American Story of Menus, 1841-1941.
Originally scheduled to open this month, the real-life exhibition has been postponed until December 7, 2022.
Academic Dress on Picture Postcards Published by Davis’s of Oxford, Their Rivals and Successors
The Burgon Society, @BurgonSoc, is an educational charity for the study of academical dress around the world.
The most recent edition of their journal is online and has an article about the academical dress on postcards by Alex Kerr and is free to read (PDF)
“Our weapon is public opinion” Posters of the women’s suffrage movement
Library, University of Cambridge, UK
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Display for the centenary of the 1918 Representation of the People Act – the parliamentary act that finally gave some women the vote.
London Transport Museum
Highlights from the collection
The Underground Group,
and later London
Transport, produced a
wide variety of public
during the First (1914-18)
and Second (1939-45)
The majority of wartime
posters advised staff and
passengers on emergency
rules and regulations.
Others were more overtly
patriotic, often focussing
on the valuable war work
undertaken by transport
urged onlookers to enlist
with the armed forces.
During WWII, posters
were used to explain tube
'etiquette' to war workers
and servicemen using the
underground for the first
Railway posters, notices and handbills
Science Museum Group
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Encounter railway advertising and promotional material in the form of illustrated posters, printed notices and handbills. These works, including many by well-known artists, offer a fascinating record of railway style and graphic design.
Image: Detail from Thomas Cook & Son handbill 22 July 1873