Samuel PepysWelcome to The Ephemera Society Website

 

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Welcome to The Ephemera Society

The Ephemera Society is a non-profit body concerned with the collection, conservation, study and educational uses of handwritten and printed ephemera.

The term ‘ephemera’ covers a wide range of documents including leaflets, handbills, tickets, trade cards, programmes and playbills, printed tins and packaging, advertising inserts, posters, newspapers and much more. In the words of the society’s founder, Maurice Rickards, “the minor transient documents of everyday life”.

Essentially produced to meet the needs of the day, such items reflect the moods and mores of past times in a way that more formal records cannot. Collectors of printed ephemera vary in their approach. Some focus on the ephemera of a particular trade or profession, others are interested in its social or graphic history. Other ephemerists collect documents simply as evocative reminders of the past.

  • Ephemera Society Fair 2015

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  • Sunday 18 January
  • 11am - 4pm · Entry £2
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  • Doubletree by Hilton
  • 92 Southampton Row
  • London WC1B 4BH
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  • All are welcome
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  • Application form
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Ephemera - minor transient documents of every day life