Save the Date!
March 15-17, 2013
Presented by The Ephemera Society of America, Inc.
PO Box 95
Cazenovia, NY 13035
Plan to join us at the Hyatt Regency in Old Greenwich, CT for ESA's annual, three-day conference March 15th to17th, 2013. The full conference schedule is available below. Cost for the conference is as follows (A separate admission fee applies to Saturday's and Sunday's paper show):
Students with ID, no charge -- First come first serve, space may be limited
Exhibiting dealers, no charge
Rickards Award Dinner $85 ($90 after March 1)
Lodging Information at Hyatt Regency: Group rate is $150 plus tax. Discount Code "ephemera society." Group rate is available online (see link below) but is not guaranteed after March 1, 2013. You can reserve online by visiting:
You can also visit www.ephemerasociety.org/conferences/past.html to view other conference brochures for a sampling of what to expect.
Also, take a look at a short documentary about VALUE at Ephemera/31. Collectors and dealers discuss their philosophy on items' worth from many perspectives.
For What It's Worth: Ephemera Collectors and Dealers on Value
Ephemera: Art and Commerce
9 a.m.-5 p.m. -- Board of Directors' meeting, Belle Haven conference room.
6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. -- Board reception for early arrivals. Join old and new friends, and be fresh for the conference that begins Friday morning.
Three morning conference sessions:
Graphic Design Before Graphic Designers
While some pioneers of printing focused on books, others used their presses for more 'humble' commissions such as handbills, labels, and stationery. These jobbing printers recognized that such work played a vital role in society and sought to secure a more appropriate and higher status. They even dared to believe it might be art. Until, that is, the professional designer decided to "spoil their fun." David Jury is head of MA Art, Design, and the Book at Colchester Institute, UK. He designs, prints and publishes his own limited edition books as proprietor of the Fox Ash Press as well as writing and designing books for mainstream publishers, including Letterpress: The Allure of the Hand Made. His new book, published by Thames and Hudson in 2012, is Graphic Design Before Graphic Designers.
10:15 a.m. -- 10:30 a.m. Break
The High Quality of Much Victorian Design
There exists a large body of Victorian design that is not at all like the overly sentimental, flowery, cherub-filled graphics that seem characteristic of the era. Dick Sheaff will show images of copperplate engraving, steel engraving, letterpress and lithography that demonstrate extraordinary skill in concept and execution. Dick is a retired graphic and communications designer, who designed or art-directed over 500 U.S. postage stamps. Dick has served several terms on the Ephemera Society's board of directors, collects many sorts of ephemera, researches various subjects and writes frequent articles, with a particular interest in design and typography. He also maintains an ephemera-related, non-commercial website (www.sheaff-ephemera.com).
11:15 a.m. -- 11:30 a.m. Break
Panel discussion: "Lithography vs Steel Engraving
vs Wood Engraving vs Letterpress"
Sally Pierce, Mark Tomasko, Leslie Evans, Doug Clouse -- Moderated by Dick Sheaff
The panel will explore the advantages and disadvantages of different modes of image production in the graphic and artistic styles of various periods, particularly during the Victorian era.
Sally Pierce is a curator emerita, having worked with the print and photograph collection of the Boston Athenaeum for thirty-four years, immersing herself in the visual imagery and cultural history of nineteenth-century New England. She organized numerous thematic exhibitions of Boston lithography and has written extensively on the subject. She retired in 2009 and is now editor of Imprint, the Journal of the American Historical Print Collectors Society.
Mark D. Tomasko is a corporate attorney who continues to build a reference collection on security, or "bank note," engraving. He curated an exhibit on security engraving at The Grolier Club in 1991, and the 200th Anniversary of American Bank Note Company exhibit at the Museum of American Financial History in 1995. He is particularly interested in documenting the picture engravers, vignette artists, and bank note companies, and is one of the few people interested in collecting and researching all periods of the work.
With a degree in printmaking from the Rhode Island School of Design, Leslie Evans brings a printer's aesthetic to illustrating for children's books at her letterpress studio. In addition to relief printmaking, Leslie works in a variety of media including watercolor and digital techniques, providing illustration for publishing, advertising, exhibition, and media clients. Her own projects include calendars, prints and broadsides under her imprint, the Sea Dog Press.
Doug Clouse has written about nineteenth-century typefaces, design, and printing, and is the author of MacKellar, Smiths & Jordan, Typographic Tastemakers of the Late Nineteenth Century, a book about the largest type foundry in America in the nineteenth century. He also co-authored the book The Handy Book of Artistic Printing, which describes a form of ornamental nineteenth-century design.
12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Three afternoon conference sessions:
From Art to Ephemera and Back Again
At least since the fifteenth century, printed images, woodcuts in particular, were conceived and produced for large audiences. Although often designed by major artists, these graphic images were generally cheap and served practical functions. An image of St. Christopher, for example, might be sewn into the garment of a pilgrim to assure safe travel; other woodcuts might be pasted on furniture. What might have been an edition of many hundred sheets could now be a single preserved example -- a rarity never intended to be, but now treasured as a work of art. David Rosand is Meyer Schapiro Professor Emeritus of Art History at Columbia University, where he has taught since 1964. His main areas of research are Renaissance painting and the graphic arts, in which fields his books include: the exhibition catalogue Titian and the Venetian Woodcut; Painting in Sixteenth-Century Venice: Titian, Veronese, Tintoretto; Drawing Acts: Studies in Graphic Expression and Representation.
2:45 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Break
The Playful Victorian Eye: Historical Precedents in Worldwide Art
During the latter part of the 19th century, new ideas and images found their way into the American mainstream as a result of immigration, a proliferation of national exhibitions, and greater access to printed materials. Among these were optical "tricks" that teased the mind. This will be a brief look at the use of these whimsical and sometimes challenging images on trade cards and an attempt to trace some of their historical precedents. Tamar Zimmerman has been collecting trade cards, Victorian children's books, paper toys and mechanical cards for over 20 years. Her collections have influenced her own artwork, which includes the design of paper mechanicals and greeting cards. Tamar has an A.B. from Harvard College and a Masters in Landscape Architecture from the Harvard Graduate School of Design.
3:45 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Break
Panel Discussion: "Using Ephemera in Artistic Creation"
Cynthia Hart, Caroline Preston and Diane Zumsteg
-- Moderated by Nancy Rosin
Cynthia Hart is a product and packaging designer, an award-winning three-dimensional illustrator, a collagist, and a dedicated ephemera collector. She is the author/co-author of seven books for Workman Publishing and is the creator of Cynthia Hart's Victoriana Calendar--a perennial favorite now in production for its 25th edition. Her licensed designs have generated nearly a half-billion dollars in retail sales.
Caroline Preston started collecting antique valentines and scrapbooks in high school. For her latest novel The Scrapbook of Frankie Pratt (that won a 2012 Alex Award from the American Library Association), she has drawn 600 pieces from her own collection of vintage ephemera to create a narrative in the unique form of a 1920s scrapbook. She will also show examples of scrapbooks from her collection that read like novels. Caroline has worked as an archivist at Rhode Island historical Society, the Peabody/Essex Museum and Harvard's Houghton Library.
Diane Zumsteg is a San Francisco artist who uses original ephemera to inspire collage pieces, not for commercial distribution but for personalized gifts. She worked as an assistant interior designer in Beverly Hills and managed a fine hand fabricated jewelry gallery in San Francisco. She has been a collector since discovering children's illustrated books as a student at UCLA.
Book signings immediately following:
David Jury, Graphic Design Before Graphic Designers
Caroline Preston, The Scrapbook of Frankie Pratt
Cynthia Hart, The Oral History Workshop
- 2:30 p.m. -- Dealer Set-up
- 7-8 p.m. -- Silent Auction Preview in Roundhill.
- 8 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. -- Silent Bid Auction in Roundhill. Many Lots. Bid early and often!
- 8:15 a.m. -- Memberships will be sold at the Ephemera Society desk at the entrance to the show in the Grand Ballroom.
- 9 a.m. -- Members-only show preview ($10) for the Society's 33rd Annual Paper Show in Grand Ballroom. Please have your membership card available.
- 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. -- Exhibits open in Winthrop.
- 10 a.m. -- General public entry. Admission is $12.
- 5 p.m. -- Show closes; reopens 11 a.m. Sunday.
- 5:30 p.m. -- Silent Auction final bids close in Roundhill Room.
- 5:30 p.m. - 6:45 p.m. -- Cash Bar outside Mead ABC.
- 6 p.m. Live Auction outside Mead ABC -- Auctioneer George Fox
- 7:00 p.m. Ephemera 33 Banquet--Mead ABC. Reservations required.
Members annual meeting, Mead AB
All members urged to attend.
9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
An invitation to Create Art with Ephemera
Wendy Addison and Kate Murray
A hands-on opportunity for people to explore the possibilities of creating "art" using ephemera. All materials will be included so just bring your curiosity and your willingness to create!
Wendy Addison will bring many types of antique ephemera for attendees to use, as well as tools for transformation, such as die cutting, shadowboxes, eyelet setters, etc. On view will be many examples of her work from her shop, Theatre of Dreams (www.wendyaddisonstudio.com). Wendy combines her studies of fine art with her interest in antiques, by creating her "objects for an imaginary life." Using antique materials, including old sheet music, Victorian scrap, and silver glass glitter, her work connects with some lost sense of magic from times past. Wendy has written, illustrated, and hand-produced her second book, titled The Theatre of Dreams.
Kate Murray will give an overview on the use of ephemera in art with some examples, then give step by step instructions on creating your own "brag" book and deciding what bits of ephemera you would like to include! Kate's corporate career and world travel took her away from her artistic life of art and dance. In 2002,while simultaneously completing an MFA in Creative Writing in France, her creative passion drew her to found Vintage Charmings (www.vintagecharmings.com), to support collage artists with their need for French and Asian Ephemera. Currently, when her travel schedule allows, Kate teaches book making, mixed-media art, and Chinese calligraphy.
- 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. -- Paper Show in the Grand Ballroom.
- 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. -- Exhibits open in Winthrop.
- 1:00 p.m. - 3 p.m. -- Ephemera appraisals ($5 each)
- 4 p.m. -- Ephemera 33 closes.
Thanks to our Corporate Supporters
Swann Galleries, Inc.
Please download the Ephemera/33 brochure to register!
Ephemera/33 conference registration includes free admission to a Board Reception on Thursday evening, seven seminars on Friday and Sunday, Exhibits, and two Collectors' Forums. A separate admission fee applies to Saturday's and Sunday's paper show. See 9 a.m. Saturday listing for details.
Here Comes EPHEMERA/ 33
MARCH 15-17, 2013
by John Sayers
After a decade or more of attending ESA Annual Conferences and accompanying Fairs, I must confess that I still don't have a 'Been there, done that' reaction. That's because every year is a fresh page, and I can hardly wait to turn the page to Ephemera 33 this coming March 15-17, 2013.
I go to buy for my collection, and to learn more about ephemera from the one-day seminars proceeding the two sale days. What do I learn from the seminars? A greater understanding and appreciation of what other members collect, and an ongoing insight into history. The year that I learned at an ESA seminar about The Green Book, the African-American traveller's equivalent of the AAA Guidebook in the 1940s and 50s, I saw a tin sign "Listed in the Green Book" at a dealer at the Bouckville Antique Week five months later. So even away from the Deep South, in Northern New York State, discrimination was present and The Green Book was necessary for the African-American traveller.
I didn't purchase the sign -- but I did have my understanding deepened by the experience. That seems to happen every year. The seminars may not be about my specific collecting interest, but they broaden my knowledge, and I meet some fascinating people.
And if you haven't attended the two-day ESA show, organized by Flamingo Eventz, you must do it if you're at all serious about collecting. The range of ephemera offered at the 100+ dealer booths is amazing. No matter what you collect, you are sure to find a gem to add to your collection. Expensive? Not necessarily -- I have paid as little as $5 for an item to add to my treasures!
I would need a million words to describe it all. Lacking the space for a million words, the next best thing is to present some photographs on the basis that "a picture is worth a thousand words" and we're partly on the way to a million. Herewith some Seminar and some Show photos from 2012's Ephemera 32. You can expect Ephemera 33 to be just as good -- and maybe even better!
|Like these keen collectors, if you want to get an early start, you get to the show early and join the line!
||At the Annual Dinner - presentation of the Maurice Rickards Award to Richard McKinstry by ESA President Art Groten
||This Cow Brand Soda poster would be an attractive trophy for a collector of the cards pictured on the poster - Imagine having the poster as well as the cards!
One of the seminars - Cameron Nickels, PhD, presenting Comic Valentines to a receptive crowd
|Another presenter, Coline Jenkins, presents a history of "The Bloodless Revolution" - the quest for the women's right to vote. All the talks are accompanied by illustrations of wonderful ephemera from the presenters' own resources
The display of Antipodean Books included some delightful movie posters that would liven up any room
|Peter Luke Rare Books gives you the opportunity to troll through lots of material in search of elusive treasures in his quadruple-booth wonderland
|How do you grab attention for poster stamps? Bradbury Poster Stamps had the answer in these panels of blow-ups of delightful period poster stamps. As you can see, the size of beautiful ephemera can range from large posters to tiny poster stamps!
As you enter the show, on your left you can always find the display of Patricia Reilly, who also has trade cards and other exquisite ephemera as well as striking posters