Edison letter at Houston Vintage Book Festival

HOUSTON – The 6th Annual Houston Vintage Book, Postcard & Paper Festival, sponsored by the Texas Booksellers Association and DM Promotions, will showcase a number of rare historical items including a letter signed by Thomas Edison, a signed calling card of Louis Pasteur and items related to W.F. Cody, one of the most colorful figures of the American Old West, known as Buffalo Bill.

The Festival will also feature the official release of the Postcard History Series: Houston, by Daniel E. Monsanto. The event will be held Oct. 24-25 at the Stafford Centre Performing Arts Theatre and Convention Center.

 Monsanto’s book on Houston recounts the growth of Texas’ largest city by showcasing more than 200 vintage and modern postcards. From Houston’s famous and forgotten landmark buildings and businesses to schools, churches, and hospitals, each chapter shows the evolution from small town to metropolis.

 The festival features two days of buying, selling and trading of over one million antique photos, vintage postcards, new, used and rare books and paper collectibles.

There will be rare historical documents, autographs, paper currency from around the world, matchbooks, antiquarian maps, vintage business and shopkeeper papers, magazines, original animation art, sheet music, artist-signed prints, hand-tinted cards, paper dolls, valentines, vintage Christmas items and childrens’ images.

 Booksellers from around the country will offer a wide variety of books including fiction, non-fiction, hardcover, paperback, modern and rare first editions, collectible Texas literature and rare out of print titles. Subjects include everything imaginable such as sports, cooking, food and wine, movies, mystery and thrillers, medicine, biographies, early religious works, Texana, military history and children’s titles. Authors will be autographing their books from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. each day.

 The event is being held at the Stafford Centre Performing Arts Theatre and Convention Center, 10505 Cash Rd., Stafford, TX 77477, 281-208-6900. Hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Oct. 24, and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 25.

Admission is $3 for adults. Children accompanied by an adult get in free. One admission fee is good for both days.

For maps, driving directions, guest author schedules and other information visit www.houstonshow.com.