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Ephemera Events, News & Exhibitions

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  • Ephemera Society Fairs 2017

  • Sunday · 4 June · 3 December
  • Holiday Inn London Bloomsbury
  • Coram Street
  • London WC1N 1HT
  • United Kingdom
  • All are welcome · Entry £3 · 11am - 4pm
  • Members from 10am with membership cards




'Be My…'

Until 28 February 2017 Image Victorian valentine

This exhibition explores Valentine Day's history and how love messages have taken a variety of forms - from the sweet and romantic to the satirical and outrageous. Called 'Be My…', a twist on the traditional 'be my valentine'.

It is an interactive title, inviting people to fill in the '…' of the 'Be My'. The display will consider Valentine Day's history and the different contexts and customs and social and cultural attitudes regarding proclamations of love.

Importantly the exhibition will focus upon key examples of Valentine's cards from the Priest House Museum's unique collection of Victorian Valentine cards - a collection of cards that 'has been identified to be of national importance'.

This fun, informative and intriguing exhibition will showcase an array of wonderful historical Valentine designs and it will explore wider associative items and experiences that evidence how love messages have taken a variety of forms.

Image Victorian comic valentine

The exhibition is a creative collaborative project involving students and staff from the Arts University Bournemouth (AUB) working with the Priest's House Museum and has been designed and co-curated by students and staff from AUB BA(Hons) degree courses in Interior Architectural Design, Graphic Design and Costume and Performance Design.

  • Priest's House Museum
  • 23-27 High Street
  • Wimborne Minster
  • Dorset BH21 1HR
  • UK
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American Ingenuity: What’s the big idea?

17 - 19 March 2017 Image of poster for ESA conference and fair

Mark your calendar for the Ephemera Society of America’s(ESA) thirty-seventh annual conference at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, Old Greenwich, Connecticut.

When Chicago hosted the Columbian Exposition in 1893, the United States led the world in the technology of manufacturing and communications (photography, the telegraph, a prepaid mail system, bicycle travel). By the next Chicago world's fair in 1933, even more "big idea" advances had been made in travel on land and by air.

Speakers at the Friday conference - museum curators as well as independent collector/scholars - will present images of inventors and invention, focusing on innovative ideas and how they were disseminated for good (the freedom of bicycle travel) or ill (the chicanery of patent medicine).

On Saturday and Sunday, ESA will present the widely anticipated Ephemera Fair considered by many to be the best in North America.

  • Hyatt Regency Greenwich Hotel
  • 1800 East Putnam Avenue
  • Old Greenwich, CT 06870
  • USA
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The Art of Ownership: Bookplates and Book Collectors from 1480
to the Present

Until 19 March 2017 Book plate for A Edward Newton

The primary function of a bookplate is very simple: to indicate the owner of a book. But these small works of art communicate many more implicit and explicit messages about their owners, including ancestry, occupation, interests, artistic tastes, and philosophy. They can also help modern readers trace the history of individual volumes.

The Art of Ownership presents notable bookplates from five centuries in books from the Rosenbach’s collections and consider what they add to the objects’ stories. The exhibition will also look at the colourful characters who created and used the bookplates, and examine how book enthusiasts make and use them today.

In addition to the detailed stories of the featured bookplates, the exhibition will present a wider range of digitized examples from the University of Delaware’s extensive William Augustus Brewer Bookplate Collection.

  • Rosenbach Museum & Library
  • 2008-2010 Delancey Place
  • Philadelphia, PA 19103
  • USA
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Biblical Fans

Until 21 May 2017

The Fan Museum begins the year with a sumptuous display of fans decorated with biblical subjects. Fittingly, the opening segment of the exhibition features folding fans painted with the story of Adam & Eve; juxtaposing an eighteenth century design with the work of a contemporary fan painter illustrates how stories from the bible have fascinated artists throughout history.

Image of biblical fan

The display of over eighty fans touches upon many of the bible’s significant episodes and includes interpretations of the Finding of Moses, Abraham sacrificing Isaac and The Visitation.

Eighteenth century fans feature prominently within the display and show fan painters reinterpreting master paintings and widely circulated engravings by Rubens and others to fit the fan format. At a time when art reflected social and cultural mores, fans decorated with episodes from the bible encompass spiritualty, enlightenment and other worldly concerns which remain relevant to modern society.

  • The Fan Museum
  • 12 Crooms Hill, Greenwich
  • London SE10 8ER
  • UK
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Fashion on the Ration: 1940s Street Style

Until 1 May 2017 Image of birthday card featuring ration books

IWM North, part of Imperial War Museums in Manchester, presents this major exhibition marking the 75th anniversary of clothes rationing in Britain.

During the Second World War British men and women had to find new ways to dress as austerity measures and the rationing of clothes took hold.

They demonstrated amazing adaptability and ingenuity by adopting more casual styles and by renovating, recycling and creating their own clothes.

Bringing together 300 exhibits including clothing, accessories, photographs and film, official documents and publications, artworks, wartime letters, interviews and ephemera, some of which have never been on display before, Fashion on the Ration presents a sense of what life was like on the home front for men and women during wartime Britain.

  • IWM North
  • The Quays
  • Trafford Wharf Road
  • Manchester M17 1TZ
  • UK
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Victoria Revealed

Until 17 February 2018

Image of Queen Victoria

This exhibition explores the many, often surprising, aspects of Queen Victoria’s character: devoted wife, dedicated mother, devastated widow and powerful stateswoman.

Follow Victoria’s story from the room in which she spent her first moments as queen. Trace her journey from young girl to queen enthralled with a new husband, to grieving matriarch and ruler of a vast empire.

Included in the exhibition are iconic, impressive, beautiful and often deeply personal objects, from Victoria’s simple white silk wedding gown, to the dolls she made, dressed and named as a little girl.

Victoria and the people who surrounded her tell this story: excerpts from her journals, letters and reports from contemporary commentators give insight into the extraordinary life of the woman whose name defined an age.


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