The Ephemera Society News
Decades of Design
Tuesday 6 September 2016
A fantastic set of posters by Hans Schleger is coming up at Roseberys London auction house on Tuesday 6 September. Hans Schleger , also known by the name Zero, was one of the most important graphic designers of the twentieth century; he came to Britain having worked in Berlin and New York. Read more about his influential work, then view the posters.
View press release: Roseberys auction house
World’s Largest Collection of Paper Peepshows Acquired for the Nation
Victoria and Albert Museum
The world’s largest and most comprehensive collection of paper peepshows has been donated to the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) under the Cultural Gifts
The collection was formed over 30 years by Ephemera Society members Jacqueline and Jonathan Gestetner and is now part of the V&A’s research collection, soon to be accessible in the reading rooms of the National Art Library.
Covering a wide range of subjects, the peepshows allow viewers the chance to join a
vibrant masquerade, have a peek inside the Thames Tunnel or to follow Alice down
the rabbit hole. Others commemorate historic events, such as the coronation of
Queen Victoria or Napoleon’s invasion of Moscow in 1812.
They come in many
shapes and sizes and are printed or handmade. Some are no larger than a
matchbox, while others expand to over two metres in length. First engineered in
the 1820s from paper and cloth, peepshows became an inexpensive pastime for
adults and children. Most commonly sold as souvenirs, they offered a glimpse into
a choice of vistas, celebrating particular events, famous places or engineering feats.
Nearly two hundred years since their invention, paper peepshows continue to
delight viewers with their ingenuity and visually arresting scenes.
More information V&A Museum
The Sayers Collection of Ocean Liner Ephemera
The John Johnson Collection
Read about a major donation of Ocean Liner ephemera to the John Johnson Collection from Ephemera Society member John Sayers.
More information Bodleian Libraries blog
Tell us More about our silhouettes
National Portrait Gallery
Can you spare the National Portrait Gallery just five minutes to help transcribe signatures of tourists on the West Pier, Brighton from the 1920s?
Hubert Leslie ran a Silhouette Studio on the West Pier, Brighton, from 1922 until 1939; he cut well over 20,000 portraits during that time. The National Portrait Gallery has 10 of his record books, covering the years from 1922 to 1950, with Leslie's duplicate of each silhouette, and the autograph of the sitter. These included British holiday-makers and visitors from around the world, from New Zealand and North America, from China and Japan.
More information National Portrait Gallery
The stories old dance programmes are telling
2016 Gothenburg Book Fair · Friday 23 September at 5pm
Ephemera Society member Carina Broman is giving a talk about Swedish dance cards and programmes as part of the 2016 Gothenburg Book Fair taking place from 22-25 September. The talk will be illustrated with ephemera selected from the collection in the National Library of Sweden, photographed by Ann-Sofie Persson.
Carina will explain the provenance of the collection and, showing items from the 1770s through to the 1950s, demonstrate how it shows not only the development of the genre (from simple text only dance cards to programmes and brochures illustrated with photographs), but also how they reflect developments in Swedish society. She will also discuss the printing techniques used and how the design of a programme reflected the nature of the organiser.
For more information go to 2016 Gothenburg Book Fair
York's Archbishops Registers Revealed
This project provides free access to over 20,000 images of Registers produced by the Archbishops of York, 1225-1650, in addition to a growing searchable index of names, subjects, places and organisations.
The registers are a valuable, and in many cases, unexploited source for ecclesiastical, political, social, local and family history - covering periods of war, famine, political strife and religious reformation in the Archdiocese of York and the wider Northern Province.
You can browse images using or search the 2727 indexed entries via the search interface. Further information, guidance and supporting material relating to the registers will be added to the site as time goes on.
Visit the website: York's Archbishops Registers Revealed