by Nancy Rosin, President
The success of the Ephemera Society of America is the result of the efforts of many dedicated people, over the past 34 years. Energized by a mission to preserve ephemera, educate, and create a shared bond of friendship, members have contributed their ideas, and their ideals, to formulate our essential mission. Dealers, Collectors, Academics – all have mutual interests, which come together, in the creation of our unique organization.
Realizing that these efforts should be properly acknowledged, there are now two special categories for recognition. The Maurice Rickards Medal has been in place for many years. Modeled after the Samuel Pepys’ Medal, presented by the Ephemera Society, UK, it is awarded for exceptional contributions to the world of ephemera, demonstrated by scholarly writings, and specific criteria, which extend beyond the ESA and into the wider community.
Last year, in 2013, it was decided by the Recognition Committee, consisting of Richard Sheaff, Chairman, and Barbara Rusch, that another category of recognition needed to be created. Numerous people, who may not have written scholarly works, or otherwise have qualified to receive the Rickards Medal, have contributed substantially to the betterment of the ESA; they definitely merit praise. During this past year, the committee designated recipients, and designed an appropriate medium for this acknowledgement, which reflects the time-honored Reward of Merit we all cherish.
The Reward of Merit Certificate, recreated from an original nineteenth century item of ephemera in the collection of Bruce Shyer, was selected as the proper vehicle for our twenty-first century paper Reward of Merit. Recipients’ names were hand-calligraphied by George Fox. The certificate is accompanied by an enamel lapel pin, which was made available by a generous donation from Barbara Rusch and Donny Zaldin. Recipients may proudly wear a pin that indicates their meaningful contributions. As the initial presentation of the Reward of Merit, it was felt appropriate to include even the names of people for whom the presentation is posthumous. Their families will receive the honor, and their names will be posted in our prestigious Honor Roll. In the future, while there will be fewer names, we hope that this recognition will be an incentive for others. Most of these recipients worked quietly and tirelessly, but it is their labor that became the strong foundation on which we stand today.
It is a pleasure to gratefully acknowledge the winners of these awards on this website.
Maurice Rickards Medal - Recipients
1985 Maurice Rickards
1986 Robert Staples & Barbara Charles
1987 Georgia B. Barnhill
1988 Rockwell Gardiner
1989 Barbara Rusch
1990 John Grossman
1991 Deborah Smith
1997 Samuel Murray
1998 Stephen Paine
1999 Blair & Margaret Whitton
2000 Marcus McCorison
2002 Calvin P. Otto
2003 Peter Jackson & Valerie Jackson Harris
2004 John C. Dann
2005 Jay Last
2006 William H. Helfand
2008 Diane DeBlois & Robert Dalton Harris
2010 Jonathan Bulkley
2012 E. Richard McKinstry
2013 Philip H. Jones
2014 José Rodriguez
Reward of Merit – awarded in 2014
Jean Berg - Longtime, highly respected, ephemera collector and dealer. Served on ESA Board. ESA Forum presenter.
Jeffrey Carr - Longtime, highly respected, ephemera collector and dealer. Served on ESA Board.
David Cheadle - Ephemera collector, dealer and author. Co-founder of the Trade Card Collector’s Association, editor of Advertising Trade Card Quarterly.
Emily Davis Mobley - Ephemera collector and dealer. ESA founder. Served on ESA Board. ESA officer. ESA conference organizer. ESA Forum presenter.
Scott DeWolfe - Ephemera collector and dealer. Author of several articles. Served on ESA Board.
John Dilg - Ephemera collector and dealer. Author of ephemera articles. ESA conference presenter. Served on ESA Board.
Joseph Freedman - Longtime, highly respected, ephemera collector and dealer. Strong early ESA supporter.
Jack Golden - Ephemera collector and dealer. ESA founder. Served on ESA Board. Past President. ESA conference presenter. Designed items for the Society. Conference presenter.
Arthur Groten - Ephemera collector and dealer. Prolific writer on ephemera subjects, and strong advocate of ephemera to the philatelic world. Served on ESA Board. Past President. Conference presenter.
Matthew Isenburg - Foremost collector of early photography related material, including ephemera. Served on ESA Board. Conference presenter.
Stuart Kaplan - Foremost collector of playing card material, including ephemera. Served on ESA Board.
Alfred Malpa - Ephemera collector and dealer. Strong early ESA supporter. Served on ESA Board. Past President. Co-author of the ESA book, Rewards of Merit. Conference presenter.
Stephen Miller - Foremost collector of Shaker material, including ephemera. Author of two books of the subject, and numerous articles. Chairman of the ESA Board. Conference presenter.
William Frost Mobley - Ephemera collector and dealer. ESA founder. Served on ESA Board. ESA officer. Conference presenter.
Carol Resnick - Ephemera collector and dealer. Served on ESA Board, served as President.
Stephen Resnick - Longtime, highly respected, ephemera collector and dealer.
Brian Riba - Ephemera collector, dealer and auctioneer. Strong early ESA supporter. Served on ESA Board.
Nicholas Ricketts - Ephemera collector and curator. Served on ESA Board. ESA officer. Conference presenter.
Will Shortz - The Puzzle Master. Ephemera collector, and frequent ESA participant and entertainer
Ronald Stegall - Ephemera collector. Strong ESA supporter. Served on ESA Board. ESA officer.
Frank Wood - Ephemera collector and dealer. Served on ESA Board, and as Treasurer.
Reward of Merit – awarded in 2015
Evie Eyesenburg - Dealer and researcher in ephemera with an outstanding knack for uncovering quality material. Provider of ingenious ESA banquet entertainments on many occasions. Crossword puzzle expert.
Reward of Merit – awarded in 2016
George Fox - Extraordinary collector of ephemera, books and prints. Served numerous terms on the ESA Board. Frequent exhibitor at ESA conferences. Professional rare book auctioneer.
Henry Raine - Deep curatorial and library services experience at the NY Historical Society. Collector. Served on the ESA Board.
Nancy Rosin - ESA President Emerita, President of the National Valentines Collectors Association, wide-ranging collector, author of numerous ephemera-related articles on a range of topics, active on behalf of ESA and others on social media, member of the Grolier Club. Served multiple terms on the ESA Board.
John Sayers - Longtime collector and recognized expert on ocean liner material. Author of many ephemera-related articles and columns over several decades. Served multiple terms on the ESA Board, and as ESA Treasurer.
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