Conference & Fair,
EPHEMERA 24, March 19-21, 2004
Ephemera 24: Magic, Magazines, Hotels, Brownies, and
This year's Ephemera Society of America's annual meeting,
conference, and paper show on March 19, 20 and 21 was an important
prelude to celebration of the Society's upcoming 25th anniversary.
A strong slate of Conference speakers on Friday and
Sunday explored early magic trade cards, American hotels, Arts and
Crafts greeting cards, a look at American periodicals, English ephemera
forms, and Palmer Cox's Brownies.
More than 80 dealers occupied the Hyatt Regency's
Grand Ballroom for the annual paper show organized by John and Tina
Bruno from Flamingo Promotions.
Another highlight of this year's event was Saturday
night's Benefit Auction. Last year's auction cleared more than $4,000
for use in expanding the Society's publications and programs. Conducted
once again by Gary Garland of Swann Galleries, the auction gave
attendees and mail bidders the chance to build their collections
while helping a worthy cause. Mail bidders missed the cocktail buffet
and live entertainment that brightened the evening, but they still
had a shot at some unique ephemera.
Ephemera 24 also featured Collectors' Forums, informal
gatherings adjacent to the exhibit hall, for discussions among collectors.
Society members and conference attendees were invited to stop by
and share collecting information, knowledge, and lore. Collectors'
Forums, began Friday and continued throughout the weekend
as long as there were two collectors willing to talk, listen, and
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