Board of Directors
BARBARA FAHS CHARLES (New Board Member): With my partner/husband Robert Staples, I have been a member of the Society almost from its inception. Together we were the second recipients of the Maurice Rickards Award (after Mr. Rickards). We were selected for our designs for museums and the extensive use of ephemera in our exhibitions. In truth, it is through searching for visual materials for exhibitions and getting to know the collections of our museum clients that I was seduced into the world of ephemera. Recently, I have had the pleasure of using my museum contacts to develop the programs for the past two mid-year gatherings. As a board member, I hope to continue to expand our outreach to museums, archives, and libraries with ephemera collections and to encourage more scholars and curators to participate in the Society.
DAVID FREUND: I have long been a Society member, involved in collecting as well as thinking about ephemera. My article on personal visual albums appeared in the January issue. I also collect, have written about, and curated exhibitions of photo post cards. At Ramapo College, where I am currently Professor Emeritus, I chaired the Visual Arts for more than fifteen years, and headed the Arts and Lecture Committee, responsible for all college performances and exhibitions. For six years I was on the Board of the Society for Photographic Education, and for them chaired three national committees. It would be an honor and a pleasure to serve the Ephemera Society as a board member.
SHERYL JAEGER (2nd Term): I have been involved with ephemera for 25 years (collecting childhood memorabilia and paper with a secret), and a member of the Society since 1991. With partner Ralph Gallo, as Eclectibles, my personal and business mission is The Promotion and Preservation of Ephemera. Sheryl Jaeger Appraisal Services is a member of the Appraisers Association of America. Other memberships include the Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America, The Manuscript Society, The Ticknor Society, The American Papercutters Guild, the American Game and Puzzle Collectors, the National Valentine Collectors Association. I feel that my experience and interests provide a unique prospective and advocacy in advancing the mission of the Ephemera Society.
DAVID LILBURNE (2nd Term): I started book selling in London as Antipodean Books, Maps & Prints in 1976, and joined the UK Ephemera Society around 1980. Soon after relocating to the U.S., I found the ESA and have felt at home with our fellow paper enthusiasts ever since. As a past president of the ABAA, and knowing most of the dealers in both the ABAA and the Ephemera Society, I feel I can help the ESA raise its professional standards and visibility.
GLENN MASON: Is a retired museum/historical society director, special collections consultant, life-long collector, and now a dealer (partner in Cultural Images with my wife, Judith) in ephemera, vintage photography and fine and unusual books, I offer a special knowledge and appreciation for ephemera and its historical value as both artifact and purveyor of historical information, as well as its care and use. A strong advocate of the use of ephemera by historians, the institutions I directed are now known for their care and cataloging of ephemera and its accessibility to researchers. My physical location in the Pacific Northwest adds to the geographical representation on the ESA board and may present new opportunities to enhance the mission of the Society. I look forward to the challenges and opportunities that the future may bring.
DAVID H. MIHALY: I have been an ESA member since 1992. Some people look at ephemera and see beautiful images or valuable information. I see stories. Each object holds a story about its origin, its creator, how it was made and used, and what influenced its design. These stories have inspired me for more than 30 years as a curator, exhibit developer, and project manager for major institutions and private collections including the Amon-Carter Museum (TX), Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Chrysler Museum of Art (VA), John Grossman Collection (DE), Kansas State Historical Society, National Parks Service, and the New York State Historical Association. I am currently Curator of Graphic Arts and Social History at the Huntington Library (CA), actively building and promoting ephemera collections.
MICHAEL PEICH (New Board Member): A member of the Ephemera Society of America’s Conference Planning sub-committee, I am a baseball fan, historian, and vintage ephemera and card collector. I have written about vintage baseball cards and early 20th century minor league baseball, and gave a talk, 19th Century Baseball Ephemera: Early Marketing of the National Pastime, at Ephemera 35. That talk later appeared in The Ephemera Journal (Volume 17, Number 3). My website, www.t209-contentnea.com, is devoted to early 20th century Southern minor league baseball cards. I am currently an Emeritus Professor of English at West Chester University (Pennsylvania) where I founded Aralia Press, a fine printing imprint that issues contemporary poetry. I co-founded the acclaimed West Chester University Poetry Conference, and established the WCU Poetry Center. I live in West Chester, Pennsylvania and am a long-suffering Phillies and Cubs fan.
NANCY ROSIN: (President Emerita ) Nancy and her husband, Hank, have created several world-class collections. The pursuit of Japanese Sword Fittings (Tsuba), Japanese Nineteenth Century Photography, and Valentines and Expressions of Love, has significantly enhanced their lives. Nancy studied at New York’s Mount Sinai Hospital School of Nursing, and Teachers’ College at Columbia University. A fascinating summer at The Sorbonne, in Paris, was where her ephemera collection took its earliest form, gathering noteworthy French toilet tissue. While raising four children, the Valentine collection evolved, and now reflects the comprehensive history and evolution of the subject. Sharing her knowledge about the ephemera of love has been paramount, most recently at the American Museum of Folk Art in New York City and St. Bride’s Library in London.
JEREMY ROWE: Though I am a relatively recent member, I have collected, researched, and written about historic photographs for 30 years. My research revolves around ephemera and its role in unveiling stories about our past, as primary source research materials that are equal in importance to, and that extend, traditional text resources. Ephemera are under recognized and appreciated historic documents that carry embedded information which, once identified and released, provide significant opportunities to expand knowledge. I am active in the Daguerreian Society and National Stereoscopic Association and feel there may be opportunities for collaboration among these and other collectors’ organizations to expand the visibility of the importance of ephemera as historic resources.
RICHARD SHEAFF (Vice President): I am a retired graphic and communications designer who worked over the years with numerous clients including corporations large and small, universities, book publishers, paper companies, non-profit organizations and research think tanks. I designed or art-directed over 500 U.S. postage stamps. I collect ephemera and postal history, research various subjects and write frequent articles and blog posts, with a particular interest in design and typography. I also maintain an ephemera-related, non-commercial website ( www.sheaff-ephemera.com ). I have previously served several terms on the Ephemera Society’s board of directors, and I am longtime member of several philatelic organizations.
BRUCE SHYER (President): I want to continue to assist the ESA to promote all periods and types of ephemera, to share the joys of ephemera with fellow members by arranging for regional meetings and visits to library and member collections, and to reach out to non-members to dazzle the public with the stunning material we call ephemera.
Bruce, a retired lawyer, has collected ephemera for more than 30 years. He initially collected material relating to bookselling, but the beauty of other material caught his eye and he began to collect labels, die-cuts, stickers, and trade cards. Bruce has displayed items from his collections at the Book Club of California and the San Francisco Antiquarian Book Fair (black and red art deco, Uncle Sam). He organized a regional ESA meeting at Stanford University and hosted ESA members at his studio in Oakland. He was also coerced into acting as the MC at last year’s ESA banquet in Greenwich.
HENRY VOIGT (Treasurer): As a collector of menus and related culinary ephemera, I enjoy the process of historical discovery, uncovering long-forgotten details of our foodways, social customs, and other aspects of everyday life. I maintain a blog and enjoy exploring new ways that ephemera can be cataloged and shared to substantially increase its research potential. In 2006, I retired as the chief executive officer of DuPont Teijin Films, culminating a thirty-eight year career in international business with E. I. DuPont de Nemours. I look forward to serving with other members of the board to ensure that the goals and primary constituents of the Ephemera Society are served and that adequate resources are secured to fulfill its mission and purpose.
DONALD ZALDIN (2nd Term): Like music was to folk song writer and performer Harry Chapin’s “Mr. Tanner,” ephemera is “my “life ... it is not my livelihood,” and it makes me feel so happy and good, sing from my heart and makes me whole. I was co-founder (with Barbara Rusch) and Vice-President of The Ephemera Society of Canada, and an active member of The Ephemera Society of America and a presenter at four Ephemera Symposiums over the past quarter century. I have had the privilege of serving on President Nancy Rosin’s Board of Directors for the past three years, contributing to and addressing the society’s legal issues and serving the interests of its dealer, collector and institutional members.
TAMAR ZIMMERMAN: I have been a collector of ephemera — trade cards, children’s books, card games, paper mechanicals and anything that appeals to my aesthetic taste or sense of whimsy — since the 1990s. And my own art is inspired by and inspires my collecting. A member of the Society since 2007, I presented, “The Playful Victorian Eye” at Ephemera 33 in 2013, tracing the history of Victorian puzzle and other optical images back to Classical, Renaissance and 18th century models, and up to the current day, describing their influence on my own work. With a background in art history, I am also interested in the vast scope of information that can be found in the ephemera world. I would like to help introduce young people and students to the great research possibilities of these treasures.
The Ephemera Society of America, Inc.
P.O. Box 95
Cazenovia, NY 13035-0095
Board OfficersBruce Shyer, President
Richard Sheaff, Vice President
Henry Voigt, Treasurer