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  • Ephemera Society Fairs 2015

  • Sunday · 15 March · 19 July · 20 September
  • Doubletree by Hilton
  • 92 Southampton Row
  • London WC1B 4BH
  • United Kingdom
  • All are welcome.   Entry £2   11.00 - 16.00
  • Members from 10am with membership cards

  • Ephemera Society Special Fairs 2015

  • Sundays · 24 May · 6 December
  • Holiday Inn London Bloomsbury
  • Coram Street
  • London WC1N 1HT
  • United Kingdom
  • All are welcome.   Entry £3   11.00 - 16.00
  • Members from 10am with membership cards





Ephemera 35: The Sporting Life

20 - 22 March 2015 US advertising trade car of women in rowing race

The thirty-fifth annual conference of the Ephemera Society of America will take place on Friday, and, on Saturday and Sunday, the finest Ephemera Fair in America, featuring incomparable material and exceptional dealers. Accented with an auction, a banquet, and a book signing, it will be a feast for the mind and heart. Collectors, dealers, academics, students, and even youngsters, will be treated to a wealth of scholarship and ephemera.

The Sporting Life will examine various sports, games, pastimes, and entertaining activities, with the use of historic ephemera. Our speakers are notable scholars, adept at sharing entertaining and historic perspectives, including the effect of changing cultural values, developing printing techniques, and the influences of travel and literature.

The banquet speaker will be UK Ephemera Society member Adrian Seville. His after-dinner presentation will explore the history of the Game of Goose, the most significant race game ever invented, in that it has spawned literally thousands of variants across the countries of continental Europe.

  • ESA 35
  • Hyatt Regency Hotel
  • Old Greenwich
  • Connecticut
  • USA



Waterloo: Life & Times

Until 10 May 2015

2015 marks the bicentenary of the Battle of Waterloo and what better way to honour the occasion than an exhibition celebrating this tumultuous period in Europe’s history and its associated heroes (and villains!)

Waterloo: Life & Time will feature fans and fan leaves designed to commemorate significant military campaigns, battles and victories associated with the period leading up to (and following) the Battle of Waterloo in 1815, at which the French were finally defeated by the Allied armies after twenty three years of fighting.

The exhibition will include fans printed with portraits of heroic figures like Nelson and Wellington and fan leaves printed in England but destined for the overseas markets, such as those celebrating the accession to the throne of the Spanish King, Ferdinand VII. Napoleon Bonaparte and his troops, too, feature: depicted often in typically defiant mood on French propaganda fan designs.

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Away from the ‘battle action’ the social scene at this time revolved around glittering balls and assemblies – events at which ladies carried elegant fans decorated with a plethora of sequins and delicately painted with classically themed vignettes; visitors can expect to see a glittering array of such styles dating c. 1800 - 1820. Interweaving historical narratives with fashion and decorative art objects, the exhibition offers a unique perspective on a period often overlooked in popular fan historiographies.

  • The Fan Museum
  • 12 Crooms Hill
  • Greenwich
  • London SE10 8ER
  • UK




Bruce Bairnsfather:
Man Who Made the World Laugh

Until 15 March 2015

Portrait of Captain Bruce Bairnsfather An exhibition exploring the life and work of the great British cartoonist Captain Bruce Bairnsfather.

Cover of The Bystander's Fragments from France magazineBairnsfather became world-famous during the First World War as creator of 'Old Bill', a walrus moustached old soldier who appeared in many of his cartoons depicting life on the frontline.

Published weekly in The Bystander magazine, his cartoons caught the imagination of the soldiers at war, and their families back home.

Bairnsfather became a household name and published volumes of his cartoons sold over a million copies. The soldier-artist's immense popularity led to his cartoons being reproduced on a wide range of merchandise, and Old Bill and his creator even became stars of stage and screen.

  • PACCAR Room
  • Royal Shakespeare Theatre
  • Waterside
  • Stratford-upon-Avon
  • Warwickshire CV37 6BB
  • United Kingdom



Goodbye Piccadilly: From Home Front
to Western Front

Until 8 March 2015Poster

This major exhibition reveals the untold story of London’s Home Front during the First World War; how drivers took their buses to the Front to support the war effort, how women advanced into the transport workforce for the first time and how Londoners came under deadly attack from the air as total war came to the Capital.

Highlights for the ephemerist include First World War recruitment posters, rarely seen propaganda posters specially designed to be displayed in army billets overseas as a reminder of home.

  • London Transport Museum
  • Covent Garden Piazza
  • London WC2E 7BB
  • UK


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