Speakers Bureau

The Fascinating Subject of Ephemera

As an event planner looking for fresh, interesting presentations for your group or conference, you can choose knowledgeable and experienced speakers from The Ephemera Society's roster. Contact a speaker directly to make all further inquiries and arrangements.

Robert Bogdan

157 Stevens Orchard Road
Orwell, VT 05760

Phone: 802-948-2664

Email: rcbogdan@syr.edu

Presentations & Subjects: Picturing Disability; Adirondack Postcard Photographers; Freak Show Photography; Human-Animal Relations as revealed in real photo postcards and many other topics.


Rust Larry W. Bowman

P.O. Box 232
Storrs, CT  06268

Phone 860-429-4289                 

Email:  bowmanlarryw@hotmail.com or indianoceanbooks@earthlink.net

Presentations & Subjects: Collecting the Indian Ocean: Tales from the Antiquarian World(s) of Books, Maps. And Prints.


Guillaume de Syon

347 N West End Avenue
Lancaster, PA 17603

Prof: History Dept.
Albright College
Reading, PA 19612-5234

Phone: 610-921-7822
Email: gdesyon@alb.edu or guillaume.desyon@fandm.edu

Presentations & Subjects: The Flying Machine in Utopia and Reality (using collectibles, caricatures and postcards up to 1920); Introducing Car Culture: The Case of the Postcard, 1890-1914; World War I postcards: Reading new Meanings in Censored media; Airline Maps and Advertising in the Interwar Years


Frank DeFreitas

P.O. Box 85
Allentown, PA 18105-0085

Phone: 610-770-0341

Email: holoservices@gmail.com
Web: www.holoworld.com

Presentations & Subjects: Into the 21st Century: Antiquarian Holographica; Postcards: Art and Holography; Engaging Youth in Education through Ephemera


Dolph Gotelli / Father Christmas

PO Box 4707
El Dorado Hills, CA 95762

Phone: 916-941-7532

Web: www.dolphgotelli.com

Presentations & Subjects: Holiday Ephemera: The evolution of St. Nicholas into Santa; Victorian rituals; Victorian greeting cards; Santa Claus as super salesman; Fantasy Christmas; Toys and children at play; Easter, Halloween; and many more. . .


Groten Arthur H. Groten

PO Box 30
Fishkill, NY 12424

Phone: 916-941-7532

Presentations & Subjects: Napoleon at St. Helena; Promotion of Air Mail prior to WWII; Levant Fairs of Palestine; Taxi Mail of Palestine; Philately as a Collector's Paradigm


Hall David Hall

c/o National Book Auctions
1429 Danby Road,
Ithaca, NY, 14850

Phone 607-269-0101

Presentations & Subjects: The murky world of collectible book and paper valuation. The ins and outs of collecting and investing in books and paper.


Harris and DeBlois
Robert Dalton Harris & Diane DeBlois

P.O. Box 477
West Sand Lake NY 12196

Phone: 518-674-2979

Email: agatherin@yahoo.com

Presentations & Subjects: Ephemera in general; Many postal history subjects; Many transportation subjects;Thoreau's Ephemeral Manuscripts; The Trans-Atlantic Telegraph Cable; Ephemera and Our Concept of the American West.


ragsdale Michael Ragsdale

PO 780234
Maspeth, NY 11378
Phone: 646-708-3604

Email: mr390@mindspring.com

Presentations & Subjects: In the Aftermath of 9/11: A New York City Paper Ephemera and Autograph Collector's Journey. An extensive look (with slides and in chronological order) at what I collected at over 200 New York City area public and private occasions that addressed 9/11 aftermath-related issues (recovery, security, health, peace, war, etc.) from September 11, 2001 until September 12, 2008. The entire archive encompasses over 3000 pieces of paper ephemera and 500 autographs of event participants (from New York and throughout the U.S. and the world).


Rosin Nancy Rosin

PO Box 647
Franklin Lakes, NJ 07417
Phone: 201-337-5834
Fax: 201-337-3356

Email: NancyRosin@aol.com

Presentations & Subjects: The Valentine - A Tribute to Love; Valentines: Five hundred years of romantic designs


rowe Jeremy Rowe

2120 S. Las Palmas Cir.
Mesa, Arizona 85202

Email: jrowe@vintagephoto.com
Web Site: www.vintagephoto.com

Presentations & Subjects: Photographs as Primary Source Research Tools; History of Stereoscopic Photography; 19th Century Arizona through the Stereoscope; "Silver Images and Glass Plates," 19th Century Photography in the Southwest; Copyright, Ownership Issues, and Negotiating with Publishers; Early Photography in New York City (July 2012).


Ellen Rubin
Ellen G. K. Rubin

66 Lockwood Road
Scarsdale, NY 10583

Phone: 914-723-6671

Email: popups@popuplady.com
Web: www.popuplady.com

Presentations & Subjects: The History and Art of the Movable Book; The Art and Life of Vojtěch Kubašta; Pop-ups for Grown-ups


Robert Rust

536 South Ogden Street
Denver, CO 80209-4418

Email: Roycroft.r@comcast.net
Web: rust.r@comcast.net

Presentations & Subjects: The Arts and Crafts Movement UK and US History; The Roycroft Press and its Ephemera 1895-1938


Gejus van Diggele

71 Rijndijk
2394 AD Hazerswoude
The Netherlands

Phone: +31 713412181

Email: gejusvd@xs4all.nl

Presentations & Subjects: Secondary use of playing cards: about life in the past (1500-present) reflected by reused playing cards; U.S. ball invitations on playing cards: about social balls in New England (c. 1770-1840); World War 2 games and puzzles: about the history of WW2 as 'told' by games and puzzles from 18 countries involved in that war.


Marty Weil

28 Crabapple Lane
Asheville, NC 28804

Phone: 828-505-1209

Presentations & Subjects: Ephemera - Exploring the World of Old Paper; A Year in Asheville - photographs from Asheville's Year of Bliss



Speakers on ephemera topics are invited to join the new Ephemera Society Speakers Bureau Service

If you are an experienced speaker, a member of The Ephemera Society of America, and enjoy giving talks on your favorite ephemera topics, the Society's new Speakers Bureau will introduce you to event planners looking for interesting speakers on interesting subjects.  

Your speaker listing will provide information about your presentation themes, biography, speaking experience, and your email contact address.  You will make all arrangements directly with the event planner.

An announcement of the Bureau formation and the member speakers will be made in Ephemera News and on the Society's web site.

This is an excellent opportunity to share your enthusiasm and knowledge of ephemera. Groups may have heard of ephemera but not appreciated its richness, or they might want to know more about their favorite ephemera. 

Download the application (.doc file) >>

Join the excitement of introducing others to the fascinating world of ephemera!


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