America's largest ephemera fair opens March 16-17

Ephemera/39 is an ephemera fair sponsored by The Ephemera Society of America. It will provide a close look at original historic documents.
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GREENWICH, Conn – Ephemera/39, sponsored by The Ephemera Society of America, will provide a close look at original historic documents that are at the core of much of today’s heated debates.

‘Ephemera’ refers to paper items such as posters, broadsides, letters, maps, magazines, photographs and other items that were meant to be used. Though not created to be preserved, many types of ephemera have since become collectible.

Exhibitors from 12 states will showcase approximately 10,000 items covering hundreds of years of human history from every part of the globe.

Ephemera/39 ephemera fair

The Ephemera/39 ephemera fair will be held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel at 1800 East Putnam Avenue in Old Greenwich, Connecticut March 16-17.

Ephemera/39 will be held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel at 1800 East Putnam Avenue in Old Greenwich, Connecticut on Saturday, March 16 (10 a.m.-5 p.m.) through Sunday, March 17 (11 a.m.-4 p.m.). Parking is free. Tickets are $15 for adults. Students with college ID and children under 18 are free with an adult admission.

Discounted tickets are available at www.ephemerafair.com

In conjunction with Fair, The Ephemera Society is presenting a one-day conference on Friday, March 15. The theme is “Coming to America: The Immigrant Experience.” The conference will feature eight speakers who will discuss the theme and tell stories through the use of ephemera. More information on the conference can be found at http://ephemerasociety.org/39.html.

According to Marvin Getman, the show’s organizer, “even professed ‘non-collectors’ often leave with at least one item that catches their interest. It could be a $20 photograph from a century ago, or this time it could be a multi-million-dollar collection that seeds the next great history museum.”

Special ephemera exhibit

The special exhibit is provided by Seth Kaller, Inc., of White Plains, NY, and University Archives of Westport, CT. Seth Kaller is a leading expert in Documents of Freedom. Kaller curated the exhibit: National Emergencies and Historic Documents that Shaped America. He was motivated to pull together this exhibit believing that “we must be better informed by the lessons of the past in order to secure a better future. Founding documents, letters of presidents and leaders and followers, newspapers that capture unfolding events – this is all primary evidence of what America was, is and should become.”

Kaller has spent a lifetime building collections for individuals and institutions focused on important American documents and artifacts. More information can be found at www.sethkaller.com. University Archives is Connecticut’s leading Dealer and Auctioneer of Historical Documents and Relics and more information can be found at www.universityarchives.com.

Vintage advertising, maps, posters, more

Not Everything is Political: Popular items for sale include vintage advertising materials, rare maps, posters, tickets, manuscripts and music scores, movie scripts, photographs, and much more. The Ephemera Fair is the highest quality show of its type in the country.

Stated Getman, “Walking through this fair is stroll through history. Even people who have never heard the word ephemera will love this event. Visitors will see how people lived long before smartphones and computers shaped how we define friends, correspondence, and communication.”

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