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Ephemera Society Summer & Winter Fairs 2020

2020 ephemera summer fair

A window into the past for both the curious and the collector — find rare, unusual and historic paper items, priced from £2 to over £2000. A huge range of ephemera will be on display. The fairs will be on for one day only so make a note in your diary.

  • Sundays · 31 May & 6 December 2020
  • Holiday Inn London Bloomsbury
  • Coram Street
  • London WC1N 1HT
  • United Kingdom
  • All are welcome · Entry £3 · 11am - 4pm
  • Members from 10am with membership card




Toulouse-Lautrec and the Masters of Montmartre

15 February – 26 May 2020

Jules Cheret poster This exhibition will bring the sights and sounds of Lautrec’s thrilling Bohemian Paris to life. The exhibition will revisit the ‘street art’ of the era showcasing over 80 works by Toulouse-Lautrec, Mucha, Steinlen and more.

Bright, bold, and found everywhere along the boulevards of fin-de-siècle Paris, the colour poster was a brilliant fusion of art and commerce.

It advertised cigarette papers and milk, immortalized stage stars and bohemian cabarets, and won the adoration of passersby and art collectors alike.

As pedestrians encountered these lively posters posted on the Parisian boulevards, the pulse of modern life seemed to beat faster, inciting them to acquire the prints– by buying and selling special editions or stealthily removing them from walls and kiosks.

Image: Jules Chéret, Moulin Rouge, Paris-Cancan, 1890. Photo © Musée d’Ixelles-Bruxelles / Courtesy of Institut für Kulturaustausch, Tübingen

  • Victoria Art Gallery
  • Bridge Street
  • Bath
  • Somerset, BA2 4AT
  • UK
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Ephemera 40: Women Challenging Expectations

27 - 29 March 2020 · Ephemera Society of America Conference

Print The two-day Ephemera Fair is the premier fair of its kind in the USA.

Friday's lectures are followed by a packed weekend - a banquet, two auctions (silent and live), exhibits, the annual all-members meeting, and the justly famed Ephemera Show.

Ephemera 40 will focus on women's achievements around the world and over the centuries - contributions that are too often overlooked.

Countless women have challenged social expectations to accomplish great things in the arts, humanities, politics, science, sports, and the military. Speakers will cover an array of these contributions, using ephemera (advertisements, posters, menus, correspondence, tickets, etc.) to tell their stories.

  • Hyatt Regency Hotel
  • Old Greenwich
  • Connecticut
  • USA
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The Art of Advertising

5 March – 30 August 2020 Detail

The Art of Advertising tells the story of British advertising from the mid 18th century to the 1930s through an incredible collection of handbills, trade cards, novelties, posters and much more.

Drawing on the Bodleian’s renowned John Johnson Collection of Printed Ephemera, one of the largest and most important collections of printed ephemera in the world, the exhibition will reveal how advertisements reflect social attitudes over time while showcasing some of the finest examples of advertising illustration and commercial art.

  • Bodleian Libraries
  • University of Oxford
  • The Treasury
  • Weston Library
  • Broad Street
  • Oxford, OX1 3BG
  • UK
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325 years, 325 objects

Until 15 June 2020

An exhibition celebrating the Bank of England’s 325th anniversary through 325 objects featuring some notable ephemera.

Counterfeit bank note from 1857.

From Roman relics to a nuclear fall-out calculator from the Cold War, the exhibition features a variety of fascinating artefacts to celebrate the Bank's 325th anniversary, the objects explore how money and the way we pay for things has transformed since the Bank of England was established in 1694.

  • Bank of England Museum
  • Bartholomew Lane
  • London EC2R 8AH
  • UK
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  • Image: Counterfeit bank note from 1857. © 2019 Bank of England


Exhibition poster

Art Deco By The Sea

Until 14 June 2020

This beautiful and exciting show will include around 120 works including paintings, posters, brochures, drawings, photographs, fashion, furniture, ceramics, glass and textiles, drawn from both public and private collections across the UK.

Image: detail from poster by Septimus Edwin Scott, ‘New Brighton and Wallasey’, 1923–1947, London Midland and Scottish Railway company. Courtesy National Railway Museum, York

  • Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts
  • University of East Anglia
  • Norwich
  • Norfolk NR4 7TJ
  • UK
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