Pennsylvania’s Lehigh Valley at vintage ephemera show


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This framed photograph from 1910 shows Co. M 7th Regiment National Guard of Pa. in front of the Lyric Theatre (now Allentown Symphony Hall). Photo courtesy G.E. Productions

ALLENTOWN, Pa. – The Great Eastern U.S. Antique Advertising, Book and Paper Show is featuring vintage collectibles from Allentown, Bethlehem, Easton and other areas of the Lehigh Valley at the site of the Great Allentown Fair, Oct. 2-3. More than 170 dealers will fill two rooms in the Agricultural Hall at 1929 Chew Street.

This weekend will be a trip down memory lane for people familiar with Allentown landmarks, businesses and history. A lighted clock or menu board from Lehigh Valley Ice Cream, Easton police photographs from the 1930s and an Allentown firefighter’s ribbon are just a few of the special items dealers have found for this show.

The Pennsylvania Railroad served the iron industry and other manufacturers in the Valley, and Jim and Barbara Episale have acquired a collection of calendars from the 1940s and 1950s exclusively for the Great Eastern event. Several of the prints were painted by Grif Teller (1899-1993). The Pennsylvania Railroad commissioned Teller to produce the artwork from 1928 to 1958, except for the wartime calendars, when other artists provided patriotic scenes.

For more paper pieces of the past, Jim Luty will have hundreds of postcard views of the Lehigh Valley, including Lehigh, Northhampton and Carbon counties, as well as several thousand postcard views from the Pocono area.

In the popular “Postcard Row” at the Great Eastern event, collectors can sit at more than two dozen tables and browse through local scenes such as Dorney Park, the old Allentown Fairgrounds and Centre Square, plus a wide variety of themes, such as holiday, patriotic, expos, circus, animals, comical, advertising and much more.

Show hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 2 and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 3. For more information, call Joyce Heilman at 610-706-0214 or write G. E. Productions, P.O. Box 806, Trexlertown, PA 18087.

Check the website www.allentownpapershow.com for information on the next show April 30-May 1, 2011. ?


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