Conference & Fair, EPHEMERA
26, March 10-12, 2006
Schedule of Events
Friday, March 10th
Three morning conference sessions: The
9 a.m. Friday, March 10
The History of Halloween
Halloween, that much-loved American celebration has roots in Walpurgis
Nacht, the poems of Robert Burns, Thomas Jefferson remembering the
Salem witch trials, the Mexican Day of the Dead, and more. We decorate
with symbols that, themselves, have interesting histories. Using
images of ephemera from her extensive collection, now a museum of
the holiday, Pamela Apkarian-Russell will show the development of
Halloween and how it has penetrated our popular culture.
Pamela Apkarian-Russell, nicknamed the "Halloween Queen,"
is a dealer in ephemera who has made the holiday her specialty.
Her books include: Tastes & Smells of Halloween, Collectible
Halloween, Postmarked Yesterday, The Art of the Holiday
Postcard, and Salem Witchcraft and Collectibles. Her
articles have been published in magazines and newspapers here and
in the United Kingdom, and she has appeared on the Martha Stewart
television show. In 2005, she and her husband Chris Russell, opened
a museum, Castle Halloween, in the old Boggs Run Road Elementary
School, Benwood, West Virginia. Along with ephemera from the Golden
Age of Halloween (1920 and earlier), it features paintings used
by Dennison for their crepe paper, a silk screen of Andy Warhol's Dracula, contemporary folk art, and Harry Potter memorabilia.
10 a.m. Friday, March 10
Research Topics in Ephemera at the Library Company of Philadelphia
Printed ephemera provides glimpses into the daily lives of those
in the past who often eluded more permanent documentation. Researchers
at the Library Company of Philadelphia rely heavily on its extensive
collections of printed ephemera, which they use in conjunction with
books and graphic materials to illuminate these otherwise invisible
pasts. This talk will feature highlights from the Library Company's
vast collection including trade cards, broadsides, advertising pamphlets,
and printed forms. In addition to describing many of the generous
collectors who have donated ephemera to the Library Company over
the years, the talk will also suggest some of the myriad ways that
printed ephemera can be of research value to historians.
Wendy Woloson has been with the Library Company of Philadelphia
since 1993 and is now the Curator of Printed Books, a position which
she has held since 2004. She received her Ph.D. in American civilization
from the University of Pennsylvania and published her dissertation
as Refined Tastes: Sugar, Consumers, and Confectionery in Nineteenth-Century
America (The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2002). Currently
she is working on a book-length history of pawnbroking in America.
A trained printmaker, she also teaches classes at a local Philadelphia
11 a.m. Friday, March 10
Ocean Liners Style and Social Icons
John G. Sayers
The great liners epitomize what ocean liner travel was all about:
style, luxury, and comfort. They reflect the flow of Art Nouveau,
Art Deco, and other design influences, as well as social history,
such as the (men's) Smoking Room. In a 1936 Queen Mary brochure,
Cunard trumpets that women will be allowed into the Smoking Room
but only at specified times, of course. Ash trays were made
of that wondrous new invention Bakelite. Everything was at
the apex of the fashions of the time. Sayers' presentation will
include show and tell' material that includes: an elaborate
Queen Mary "Maiden Voyage" certificate; a large Queen
Mary Maiden Voyage presentation booklet; ship's newspaper for the
first day of the Queen Mary's Maiden Voyage; Cunard information
booklet "It may surprise you to know
in gold as "Souvenir Edition Maiden Voyage R.M.S.
Queen Mary;" an advertising brochure for the National Hotel
Management Co., with the envelope marked "Greetings via Maiden
Voyage Super liner Queen Mary;" and Woman's Journal "Souvenir
of the Maiden Voyage of R.M.S. Queen Mary."
Canadian John Sayers is a member and Board member of the Ephemera
Society of America, is on the executive board of the Toronto Postcard
Club, and is a member of The Ephemera Society (U.K.). Mr. Sayers,
who resides in Toronto, is a longtime collector of ocean liner ephemera
Lunch Break Noon 1:30
Two afternoon conference sessions: The
1:30 p.m. Friday, March 10
What Ephemera Reveal to Medical Scholars
Russell A. Johnson
The History & Special Collections Division at UCLA's Biomedical
Library recently started building a collection of 19th and 20th
century baby record books infant health care advice-filled
memory albums in which parents recorded milestones in their child's
development and added photographs and other personal mementos. Another
new collecting focus is Victorian trade cards that feature patent
medicines or practitioner services aimed at the alleviation of pain.
The archivist for the collections will explain why the library ventured
into these areas and will describe how items are procured from dealers
and donors (and eBay), how the collections are cataloged and made
accessible, and how historians, medical doctors, and other scholars
are using these fascinating materials.
Russell Johnson grew up in Massachusetts and Maine but now has
lived half his life in Los Angeles. He is the archivist in the History
& Special Collections Division of UCLA's Biomedical Library,
which includes the John C. Liebeskind History of Pain Collection.
The Liebeskind Collection is organizing an exhibition of its trade
cards and other ephemera for the May 2006 annual meeting of the
American Pain Society in San Antonio, Texas.
2:30 p.m. Friday, March 10
Ephemera Reconsidered: New Work from Winterhouse
In the noble tradition of her father, William H. Helfand
the 2006 Maurice Rickards Award recipient Jessica Helfand
is a longtime ephemera collector whose interests include volvelles,
scrapbooks, and obscure specimens of typography. Her husband and
partner, William Drenttel, is equally if not more obsessive: his
interests also include obscure specimens of typography, along with
volcanoes, periodic tables, and Petri dishes. Together, they will
discuss how they use ephemera in their studio, focusing on three
projects that illuminate the degree to which ephemera can have a
meaningful and lasting impact on producing contemporary work.
Jessica Helfand and William Drenttel are partners in Winterhouse,
a design studio in Northwest Connecticut. Their work focuses on
publishing and editorial development; new media; and cultural, educational,
and literary institutions. They are also co-founding editors of Design Observer, the leading weblog for design, visual, and
cultural journalism online. (www.designobserver.com)
4 p.m. Dealer Setup
7:30 p.m. Collectors' Forum - Experienced collectors
share their enthusiasm & knowledge.
Saturday, March 11th
8:15 a.m. Memberships will be sold at the Ephemera
Society desk in Le Grand Jardin foyer.
9 a.m. Members-only show preview ($10) for the Society's
26th Annual Paper Show in Le Grand Jardin ballroom. Please have
your membership card available.
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Exhibits open.
10 a.m. General public admission entry is $12. ($1
off with any Ephemera/26 ad.)
Noon - 3 p.m. Appraisals: get the expert's estimate
on your special piece. (near Society desk in foyer)
3 - 4 p.m. Collectors' Forum
5 p.m. Show closes; reopens 11 a.m. Sunday.
5:15 p.m. Annual Membership Meeting in Alder.
6:30 p.m. Cash Bar & Dr. Quack, Glen Foyer
7:30 p.m. Awards Banquet A seated banquet
in The Glen, followed by presentation of the 2006 Maurice Rickards
Award to William H. Helfand. Reservations are required. A conference
registration and banquet reservation form is attached. Please detach
at the dotted line and return with your check to ESA Conference,
PO Box 95, Cazenovia, NY 13035. Dinner reservations must be received
by Wednesday, March 1st.
Sunday, March 12th
Two morning conference sessions: The Glen
9 a.m. Sunday, March 12
The Truth about Victorian Hotel Rats and Cats & Other Magic
Magic lantern ephemera encompasses a wide range of items including
broadsides for lantern shows and exhibitions, tickets, advertisements,
catalogues for lanterns and slides, books, lantern readings, letters
requesting purchase of lanterns, slides and equipment, invoices,
decals for mass producing slides after the turn of the century,
as well as media articles announcing or describing a show. Behind
most ephemera there was an event a circus, a political rally,
a temperance meeting, or a Magic Lantern show. In his famous Traveling
Magic Lantern Show, Professor C.O. Scope II (a.k.a. Dick Moore)
brings to life, with your help, the events behind the Magic Lantern
Dick Moore is Secretary/Treasurer of the Magic Lantern Society
of the U.S. and Canada, and a member of the Magic Lantern Society
of the UK Building on strong interest in Victorian entertainment,
he has been collecting lanterns, slides, and related ephemera for
12 years, and presents shows for historical, holiday, and private
or public entertainment events.
10 a.m. Sunday, March 12
Ephemera Across the Atlantic: Printed Ephemera at the Winterthur
E. Richard McKinstry
Winterthur Museum's collection of ephemera is housed in the Joseph
Downs Collection of Manuscripts and Printed Ephemera, perhaps the
only library collection in the U.S. to have the words printed ephemera
in its title. It documents everyday life in America, taking into
account European and Asian influences. "Ephemera Across the
Atlantic" is a title that provides a jumping off point for
discussing collection highlights, particularly French watercolor
art, Japanesque trade cards, scrapbook houses, and poster stamps.
Almanacs, stereo cards, bookplates, and other trade cards are also
E. Richard McKinstry is Andrew W. Mellon Senior Librarian at Winterthur
Museum, where he has worked since 1977; earlier he was reference
librarian at The New Jersey Historical Society. He is the author
of four books describing various parts of Winterthur's library holdings,
articles focusing on items and collections of bibliographical interest,
and is the co-author of several exhibition catalogs. Rich was a
member of the board of the Ephemera Society from 1997-2003, served
as president from 1999-2000, and currently is the Society's archivist.
He was nominated and elected to membership in the Grolier Club in
11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Paper Show hours in the Le Grand
11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Exhibits open.
2 - 3 p.m. Collectors' Forum
4 p.m. Ephemera/26 closes.
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