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The Ephemera Society Summer & Winter Fairs

Sundays · 29 May · 4 December 2022

Ephemera Fair

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

Join us! The Ephemera Society is always pleased to welcome new members. Payment can be made online by PayPal.


Underground Modernist: E. McKnight Kauffer

Until 10 April 2022

E. McKnight Kauffer bale label

Hailed in his lifetime as “the poster king,” E. McKnight Kauffer (American, 1890–1954) believed that the street was an art gallery for the people.

While living in England between 1914 and 1940, Kauffer produced radical posters for advertising that introduced modernism to the public. He experimented in provocative ways with line, form, space, and colour to promote services and products.

He did not limit himself to posters, and designed a remarkable range of book covers, rugs, theatrical productions, and more, continuing his work in New York from 1940 until his death.

This exhibition is the largest-ever retrospective to examine the designer’s impact and legacy across media.

  • Cooper Hewitt
  • 2 East 91st Street
  • New York
  • NY 1012
  • USA

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Princess Catherine exhibition

Princess Catherine Duleep Singh. Lafayette 1897

Until 26 February 2022

The team at the Ancient House in Thetford has joined with Peter Bance, Sikh historian and Ephemera Society member to launch a new exhibition marking the life of Princess Catherine Duleep Singh on the 150th anniversary of her birth.

The display will be in the Hall of the Ancient House, and will feature a newly commissioned portrait of Princess Catherine by Sikh contemporary artist InkQuisitive.

Also on display will be photographs, letters, Indian textiles and tiles which help tell the Princess’s story. Princess Catherine was a member of the royal family that had ruled the Sikh Empire of Punjab, northern India before it became part of the British Empire in 1849.

Oliver Bone, Curator at the Ancient House said: “I am pleased we have the opportunity to celebrate this remarkable woman, a member of a fascinating family that once ruled the Sikh Empire of Punjab in Northern India. Princess Catherine was a campaigner for women’s rights and assisted Jewish people escape from Nazi Germany.”

  • Ancient House Museum of Thetford Life
  • White Hart Street
  • Thetford
  • IP24 1AA
  • UK

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Animal Therapy: The Cats of Louis Wain

Until 14 April 2022

Bethlem Museum is placing dozens of works on display by an artist and illustrator once considered to be a national treasure. Animal Therapy: The Cats of Louis Wain reintroduces the public to the resplendent work of this lately overlooked figure.

Calendar top 1926

Calendar top for 1926 published by Raphael Tuck & Sons

It invites viewers to see nature and animals through his eyes, glowing with life and energy, and to rediscover the positive effects of connecting with their living environment.

  • Bethlem Museum of the Mind
  • Bethlem Royal Hospital
  • Monks Orchard Road
  • Beckenham
  • Kent BR3 3BX
  • UK

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Bracing Air, Abundant Amusements: The Travel Posters of Charles Pears

Until 25 February 2022

Charles Pears poster

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
  • Pontefract
  • WF8 1BA
  • UK

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