Ephemera 29 – International Paper Fair & Conference

The Ephemera Society of America and Flamingo Eventz have announced that Ephemera 29 — the 29th annual Ephemera Society of America International Paper Fair and Conference — will be held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Old Greenwich, Conn., on March 20-22, 2009. “The response to this event grows more and more enthusiastic,” according to the Society’s president, Gigi Barnhill. “The Society has been growing in members and the fair has been growing in size and features for the past several years,” she said.

Tina Bruno of Flamingo Eventz said they “have a full roster, including a number of new dealers. The Hyatt has always been a popular venue and, since the move back, we have no trouble filling the ample ballroom and adjacent gallery and are now collecting a waiting list.” This is a world-class fair designed to provide Ephemera enthusiasts a collecting and learning opportunity unequaled in America.

Among the finest ephemera fairs in North America, presented fields include historical documents, advertising, prints, posters, photography, books, autographs, maps, documents, World’s Fair, Civil War, comics, puzzles, political, postcards, trade cards, view cards, sheet music, TV and movie memorabilia, games, puzzles, and much, much more. The Ephemera Society of America completes this fabulous International Fair with fascinating exhibits, conferences, appraisals, conservation workshops, discussions, and a gala “Fun Raiser” auction Saturday evening.

While Society membership is not necessary to attend the fair, participation in the conferences, workshops, discussions, and the auction does require membership. Interested parties may join the Ephemera Society at the fair or through their Web site: www.ephemerasociety.org. Membership is $50 per person and you will be eligible for early admission Saturday morning along with all the other events of this weekend.

Bigger and better than ever, the fair will feature over 80 internationally prominent ephemera dealers from across the United States, Canada, England, and Europe, presenting an incredible array of vintage ephemera, books and works on paper. Selected exhibitors include Eric Caren of Lincolndale, N.J., offering extremely rare historical documents; Jonathan Bulkley of San Francisco, Calif., offering rare trade cards; Mary Cooper Gilliam of Charlottesville, Va., offering rare books and ephemera; Charles McSorley of Closter, N.J., offering political memorabilia; Pat Reilly of Brooklyn, N.Y., offering specialty cards and sports memorabilia; Peter Luke of New Baltimore, N.Y., offering 19th century Americana; Beaux and Isabelle Francoise of Paris, France, offering Art Deco ephemera; Iconic Postcards of Berwick, Pa., offering highly unusual and rare postcards and ephemera, and many more.

Conferences include Real Photo Postcards: The People’s Photography by Robert Bogdan; Tasha Tudor, Neo-Victorian by Jeanette Chandler Knazek; The Future is in Flight by Guillaume de Syon; Why Write? by John Scott; Death by Post by Claire Scott; Mail via U.S. Waterways by Hugh Feldman; Dear friend: I swear I’m clean; may I visit? by V. Denis Vandervelde; Extending the Use of Ephemera by Katherine C. Grier; and Wishing You Were Here by Jason Rodriguez.

Conservation workshops will be announced at the fair, and collector’s forum discussions will pop up spontaneously throughout the long weekend. The highlight of the weekend is the Saturday night gala fun-raiser auction – all proceeds of which directly benefit the Society.

As a final treat, all attendees will be offered exceptional room rates at the Hyatt. All interested parties – both dealers and customers – should contact the hotel at 203-637-1234 and ask for Discount Code “Ephemera Society.” Space is limited, so call as soon as possible.

For complete fair information contact Flamingo Eventz at 603-509-2639, e-mail them at flamingoeventz@aol.com, or visit www.flamingoeventz.com.

Fair Hours: Saturday, March 21: 10 a.m.-5 p.m./Sunday March 22: 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Conference Hours: Friday, March 20: 9 a.m.-4 p.m./Sunday March 22: 9-11 a.m.
Appraisals: Sunday, March 21: 12:30-2 p.m., $5 per item.
Auction: Saturday, March 21: 6:30 p.m.
Admission: Adults: $12, Young Collectors 12-21: $6, under 12: free with paid adult, plenty of free parking.

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