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Virtual Conference and Fair

August 26-28, 2022

Friday, August 26, 2022

Ephemera Presentations will begin at 2:30 pm (EST)

On Friday, August 26, hop on to Zoom for an afternoon of ephemera — then enjoy a members-only early admission to a virtual fair organized by Marvin Getman. From 2:30 pm to 4:30 pm, speakers will discuss two very different perspectives on ephemera, from appreciation of a historic form of advertising to the use of more recent ephemera to enrich a modern commercial experience. At 4:30 pm (EST), ESA members get first crack at shopping the sale (which opens to the public Saturday at noon and closes at 8 pm Sunday).

Meet our Speakers:

2:30 pm: Barbara Fahs Charles and Erika Piola, Metamorphic Trade Cards: Entertaining & Engaging the Hand, Eye, and Mind

The Robert Staples Metamorphic Collection at the Library Company of Philadelphia will be featured in this presentation. Barbara Fahs Charles, design partner, and wife of Robert Staples, will talk about the scope and diversity of the collection and the simple delight and charm of the individual tradecards. Many have both verbal and visual puns that engage and entertain as they unfold. They are also a window into the culture, politics, and prejudices of the times when they were designed, printed, and distributed. Erika Piola, Curator of Graphic Arts and Director of the Visual Culture Program at the Library Company of Philadelphia, will discuss this extensive collection as a primary source of research by scholars and the diversity of topics able to be studied.

3:30 pm: MinJoo Baek, Innovating traditional market spaces in Shanghai

In Shanghai, traditional markets have been markers of ephemeral space, found at the center of the local community and central to the local economy. Fast-changing lifestyles, the growth of large online supermarkets, and digital technological development have led to the decline of these markets. Based on field research and user interviews, this experimental research focuses on three areas: the renovation/reconstruction of an existing market to meet the modern needs of users (merchants and customers), provide a site-specific experience to attract customers from diverse generations, and offer vernacular exposure.

This event is free! Please register here.

The ESA is pleased to offer this virtual event for no charge — but that doesn’t mean this event or our other engaging programs and publications came together without considerable expense and effort. Months of dedicated work by the Board comes gratis, but your ESA also depends on the generous financial support of its members and guests. Your gift makes a big difference! Please click here to donate as you are able.  

Virtual Ephemera Fair August 27-28, 2022

Marvin Getman’s will host another virtual fair sponsored by the Ephemera Society of America — a summer edition — on August 27-28. This special fair event will feature expanded dealer offerings and numerous dealers from throughout the country and internationally.

The Fair will take place Saturday, August 27, 2022, at noon and will continue through Sunday, August 28, 2022, until 8:00 PM.

4:30 PM EST FRIDAY, August 26

A personalized link will be provided to all members in good standing as we get closer to the event.

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