Sunday 2 December 2018Holiday Inn London Bloomsbury
London WC1N 1HT
Entry £3 · 11am - 4pm · All welcome
Members from 10am with membership cards
Come to the Society’s Fair !
John G. Sayers
If you come in from, say, Woking, to the Society’s Fair, you won’t win the prize for ‘farthest from away’. We will beat your distance by a few thousand miles. But why come so far?
The reason is that I find ephemera that I wouldn’t find in America. And I find ephemera that I wouldn’t find on the internet. Most importantly, I’m also a tactile person, who loves to examine and feel ephemera, and the Society’s Fair is a beacon for me.
These days, examining and feeling is critical. Superb quality printed reproductions (should I call them forgeries?) are a serious risk when buying on the internet. At the Society’s fair, you get to touch and fondle that gem with which you have fallen in love, so you know it first hand before you consummate the buying transaction. And you probably also come to know many of the dealers. Unlike internet vendors, you know who they are and that they will still be around tomorrow. That’s worth flying a few miles.
For the advanced collector ( I occasionally deem myself that — until I find the next ephemera epiphany that I never before knew existed ! ) this is where you are most likely to find a quality addition to your collection. The only ‘comparable’ is the annual Ephemera Society of America fair in March. Knowledgeable vendors bring their best stock to offer to discerning collectors.
For the collector of British ephemera, the motivation is obvious. It’s evident for me, too. I collect Ocean Liner ephemera, so coming to the nation that housed some of the world’s greatest shipbuilders and shipping lines is a logical pilgrimage. Your pilgrimage won’t likely be so far, but the rationale and the rewards are just as tangible.
Hey, Ho ! See you at the Fair !