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Mark Your Calendars: Washington Antiquarian Book Fair – April 28 & 29

Immerse yourself in the world rare books and ephemera at the 42nd annual Washington Antiquarian Book Fair, taking place April 28-29 at the Sphinx Club in Washington, DC. This year, over 60 exhibitors from all over the United States will be displaying rare books, manuscripts, modern first editions, autographs, prints, maps, drawings and other fine […]

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Coming Up: Florida Antiquarian Book Fair – April 21-23

“For book lovers, it’s Paradise.” That’s the tagline of the Florida Antiquarian Book Fair, the oldest antiquarian fair in the Southeastern United States and the third largest in the nation. Hosted by the Florida Antiquarian Booksellers Association, the event is taking place for its 36th year this April 21-23 at the historic Coliseum in St. […]

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“Room for Millions of Immigrants” – railroad pamphlet from 1883 shows how American life has changed

A scarce 1883 pamphlet promoting California as a destination for immigrants has been listed for sale on AbeBooks.com. It show how immigrants were once courted in the US. “California, the Cornucopia of the World” was written by I.N. Hoag for the Southern Pacific Railroad, and was distributed to immigrants who had already reached the East […]

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What is ephemera?

Ever wondered what the word ‘ephemera’ means? You may have heard it mentioned in used bookshops or in connection with something that seems old and paper-related. Well, our latest YouTube video provides the exact definition.

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Collecting Nostalgia: Vintage Christmas Memorabilia

With its time-honored traditions, sacred recipes passed down through generations and emphasis on family and friends, few areas of life lend themselves so well to nostalgia as Christmas. Of the families who celebrate Christmas, everyone does it a little bit differently. My husband’s family are Cuban, and celebrate “Noche Buena” on December 24th, opening all […]

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“Disneyana” – Walt Disney Collectibles and Souvenirs

  You may not know the term “Disneyana” yet, but you probably know somebody obsessed with it. Maybe they feverishly collect Disneyland souvenirs like collectible Disney mugs, or vintage Disney park guides, maps and tickets. Or perhaps they have a tattoo of Tinkerbell, and an apartment full of vintage Tinkerbell Disney memorabilia to match. They’d […]

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Don’t miss the Chicago Map Fair

The fourth annual Chicago Map Fair takes place this weekend. It opens at 5pm on Friday 28 October with a preview and runs through 30 October with doors opening at 10am on Saturday and Sunday. A host of specialist sellers will be offering collectible antique maps, atlases, prints and globes covering all the regions of […]

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‘Are we downhearted?’ Rare artwork from WWI POW magazine goes on sale

A rare collection of original artwork published in a prison camp magazine by British World War I POWs has been listed for sale on AbeBooks. Approximately, 5,000 Britons who were living in or visiting Germany at the outbreak of World War I in 1914 were interned in a detention camp located on a horse racing […]

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Featured Collection – film ephemera (& that Ava Gardner mugshot) from Royal Books

The thing about cinema-related ephemera is that it is very broad. An immense variety of objects come under this umbrella, including posters, lobby cards, publicity photos, candid on-set photography, contracts, screenplays, letters, and concept art. Royal Books, run by Kevin Johnson, is located in Baltimore, Maryland, and specializes in 20th century literature with a strong […]

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George Washington and the “She Ass” letter

George Washington may have been the first president of the United States, a founding father and the military commander who led his country to freedom from British rule, but he also had to run a large estate on the banks of the Potomac River. Mount Vernon was a plantation house that had been owned by […]

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