Ephemera Events, News & Exhibitions
Ephemera Society Winter FairSunday 5 December 2021
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 now.
Entry £3 · 11am - 4pm · All welcomeEarly admission for members from 10am with membership card.
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Bracing Air, Abundant Amusements: The Travel Posters of Charles PearsUntil 25 February 2022
Bustling beaches, bathing belles and bold Art Deco design. Be transported back to the heyday of rail tourism, day trips and the British seaside holiday with the vibrant travel posters of Pontefract-born artist, Charles Pears.
A renowned marine artist, illustrator and member of the Royal Academy, this exhibition celebrates Pears in the town where he grew up and began his initial training. Focusing on his career as a commercial artist, it features works kindly lent from national collections, including designs for London Transport and British rail companies.
Admire peaceful scenes from the banks of the Thames, enjoy the bright lights of the city and soak up plenty of sun, sea, sand and sky.
This Is What Democracy Looked Like: A Visual History of the Printed BallotOnline Exhibition
This bureaucratic piece of paper represents our long struggle to make elections free, fair, and honest. Printed ballots embody the material history of our democracy: its ideas, routines, and abuses. These ballots have a story to tell.
By the 1880s, the public demanded reforms to a clearly corrupt voting system. A new format from Australia introduced parameters that seem obvious to us now: an official ballot administered and distributed by the state, a nonpartisan layout that listed all the candidates on one sheet, and the most radical innovation: the ballot was to be marked in private.
This new format was not an immediate hit. While it offered equality and privacy, its adoption initiated our enduring history of contested voter intent and disputed mark making—and the end of freewheeling ballot design.
Presented by the Herb Lubalin Study Center of Design and Typography, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, USA.
Image: Detail from People’s Party Ticket, 1884, Massachusetts. Courtesy American Antiquarian Society.
Round the World with Thomas CookUntil 14 November 2021
This exhibition explores the assertion that Leicester is the ‘birthplace of popular tourism’ and explores the history of the man and the company through objects and material from the museum collections and the Thomas Cook Archive.
Tourism in Leicester is believed to have begun in 1841 when Thomas Cook organised a day trip to Loughborough for members of his Baptist Church. A party of 485 travelled to Loughborough, on the Midland Counties Railway, in open tub-style carriages. This day marks what was to become the oldest travel company in the UK until its demise in 2019.
The material from the Thomas Cook Archive has until recently been held in a private collection. The exhibition offers the first opportunity for people to see the archive now that it is in public ownership. The archive contains material from throughout the company history, from very early tickets to brochures from the height of the company’s success. The exhibition will be a vivid display of what was one of the most recognised travel companies in the world.
Wish You Were Here: 151 Years of the British PostcardUntil 2 January 2022
Wish You Were Here celebrates and explores the iconic role the postcard has played in connecting people for more than a century and a half.
The British postcard’s history began in 1870 and 2020 marked its 150th anniversary. An innovation of its time, the postcard meant new and faster correspondence through the post.
They were used to send secret messages of love, to boost morale for soldiers at war and to boast from holidays near and afar.
Visitors can explore the postcard through history and reflect on its future with themes including romance, First World War correspondence, the Great British seaside, contemporary art and the postcard in a digital age.
A Century of Dining Out: The American story in menus 1841-1941Grolier Club online exhibition
Henry Voigt the foremost authority on American menus -- has released an online preview of his upcoming Grolier Club exhibition, A Hundred Years of Dining Out: The American Story of Menus, 1841-1941.
Originally scheduled to open this month, the real-life exhibition has been postponed until December 7, 2022.
Academic Dress on Picture Postcards Published by Davis’s of Oxford, Their Rivals and SuccessorsOnline article
The Burgon Society, @BurgonSoc, is an educational charity for the study of academical dress around the world.
The most recent edition of their journal is online and has an article about the academical dress on postcards by Alex Kerr and is free to read (PDF)
“Our weapon is public opinion” Posters of the women’s suffrage movementLibrary, University of Cambridge, UK
Display for the centenary of the 1918 Representation of the People Act – the parliamentary act that finally gave some women the vote.
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