Ephemera 35 “The Sporting Life”

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Announcement ImageAnnouncement Date : March 20, 2015Categories: Conferences

2015 (March 20-22, Old Greenwich, CT)

This year’s ephemera conference features discussions on baseball-themed ephemera, competitive walking, National Basketball Association history, 1930s sports posters, parlor games, 19th century game books, outdoor sports brochures and other ephemera, baseball missionary outreach, and the Italian game Royal Game of the Goose. For more see the complete list of topics below.


Michael Peich: “19th Century Baseball Ephemera - Early Marketing of the National Pastime” [EJ v17n3 (May 2015), 9-14]

A devoted baseball fan, historian, and vintage card collector, Michael Peich is Emeritus Professor of English at West Chester University (Pennsylvania). The proprietor of Aralia Press, a fine printing imprint that issues contemporary poetry, he co-founded the West Chester University Poetry Conference, and established the WCU Poetry Center. His website devoted to early 20th century Southern minor league cards is t209-contentnea.com.


Matthew Algeo: “Pedestrianism - When Watching People Walk Was America’s Favorite Spectator Sport”

Matthew Algeo, a journalist who has reported from four continents for some of the most popular public radio programs in the United States, writes about unusual events in American history. The title of this presentation is his most recent book. Algeo has also held jobs as a convenience store clerk, a gas station attendant, a Halloween costume salesman, a proofreader, and even a hot dog vendor in a traveling circus.


Claude Johnson: “The Crucial Role of Ephemera in Tracing Black Basketball History”

Claude Johnson is President & Executive Director of the Black Fives Foundation, using the pre-1950 history of African-American basketball to engage, teach, and inspire youth, while honoring its pioneers and their descendants. He was guest curator of “The Black Fives,” a museum exhibition at the New-York Historical Society. His book, Black Fives: The Alpha Physical Culture Club, documents a pioneering all-black basketball team.


Nicholas Lowry: “The Selling of Sport, The Sport of Selling - Vintage Sports Posters”

Nicholas D. Lowry is President and Principal Auctioneer of Swann Auction Galleries in New York City — the third generation in this family-owned business and the youngest auction house president in the world. He has served for fifteen years as appraiser on the PBS television show Antiques Roadshow; currently sits on the Board of Trustees of the Smithsonian Archives of American Art; and has served an unprecedented three terms as President of the International Auctioneers Association


Rebecca Klassen: “Victorian Tabletop Games and the Cult of Manliness”

Rebecca Klassen is a research associate in decorative arts at the New-York Historical Society, where for the past year she has been curating rotations of The Games We Played: American Board and Table Games from the Liman Collection Gift. She received her M.A. from the Bard Graduate Center in the history of decorative arts, design, and material culture.


Laura Wasowicz: “Book-Based Games and Games Based Books in 19th Century America”

Laura Wasowicz is Curator of Children’s Literature at the American Antiquarian Society, since 1987 overseeing the collection of 26,000 American children’s books issued between 1650 and 1899. She has written articles on various aspects of 19th century American children’s book publishing, picture book iconography, and child reading habits, and is editor of the Nineteenth-Century American Children’s Book Trade Directory, available on the AAS website.


Daniel Gifford, Ph.D.: “Go Play Outside! 1950s/60s Conservative Ephemera” [EJv17n3 (May 2015), 15-19]

Daniel Gifford, Ph.D. is the Manager of Museum Advisory Committees at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History, and a regular contributor to public history programs such as the Smithsonian Associates and the Ultimate History Project. He teaches courses on American popular culture through the Department of History and Art History at George Mason University. His 2013 book was American Holiday Postcards 1905-1915: Imagery and Context.


Christian Goodville: “Baseball, Beards, Bands, and the Babes - The House of David and Mary’s City of David”

Christian Goodwillie is immediate past President of the Communal Studies Association. He is Director and Curator of Special Collections at Hamilton College in Clinton, New York, and serves as Associate Editor of the Richard W. Couper Press. He was Curator of Collections at Hancock Shaker Village from 2001 2009. He has authored, co-authored, or edited eight books and a number of articles on the Shakers and other topics.


Donald Zaldin: “Sports Idioms in Everyday American Language”


Adrian Seville: “The Royal Game of the Goose - Road to Ruin or Pathway to Paradise?” [EJv17n3 (May 2015), 5-8]

Adrian Seville is an international expert on the history of printed board games. An exhibition of his collection of the Game of the Goose is planned for February 2016 at the Grolier Club of New York. He has lectured at the School of Advanced Study of the University of London, and has advised the Boolean Library (John Johnson Collection), the Rothschild (National Trust) Collection at Waddesdon Manor, and contributed to a study day at the Cluny Museum (Paris).

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