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The Ephemerist Autumn 2014

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The Autumn issue of the society's journal is scheduled to be posted to members the second week of November and contains the following articles:

  • Tom Topol | The world is flat: collecting historical passports
  • Amoret Tanner | Book tokens
  • Rebecca Anderson | Annis Pett, the beloved wife of Henry Pett
  • Plus regular favourites | Mrs Pepys' Diary and Notes & Queries

Cover image: Detail from an advertisement for Wright's "Eureka"gas cooker which
opens out to reveal a table laid for dinner and the contents of the oven. Bought at
the Ephemera Society special summer fair, 109 x 154 mm fully opened.


New listing 2015 Fairs & Special Fairs Dates

Please make a note of these forthcoming dates
in your diaries now to avoid disappointment.

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Full details on our Events page.


Sir Arthur Conan Doyle portrait to make public debut
at the Museum of London

Until 12 April 2015

The world of the greatest fictional detective of all time will be illuminated at the Museum of London this autumn, in the Sherlock Holmes exhibition. It will be the largest of its kind for over 60 years, drawing on the museum’s fabulous Victorian and Edwardian collection and bringing together Sherlock Holmes material from across the globe, including several key world class loans. The rarities will be on show in the city that inspired the stories and is - in all its fogs, populous streets, criminal underworld and celebrated landmarks – like another character in Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s prolific canon.

Cover of The Strand Magazine Visitors will re-trace the literary beginnings of Sherlock Holmes, from original manuscripts to the first copies of The Strand Magazine in 1891, examining how the consulting detective has evolved from Conan Doyle’s early concepts.

Original drawings by Sidney Paget, who illustrated the stories in The Strand Magazine, will appear alongside a unique oil on canvas painting by the same artist, which is being displayed to the UK public for the first time. The painting, which is kindly on loan from the Conan Doyle Foundation and is currently undergoing conservation in Switzerland, conveys a compelling psychological portrait of the author at the height of his literary fame in 1897. Painted by his friend and illustrator, we are able to see close up the man who created Sherlock Holmes.

Paintings, drawings, illustrations and photographs will examine how Victorian London and the cultural climate of the day informed Conan Doyle’s stories and characters, interpreting renowned artists and photographers through the prism of Sherlock Holmes and identifying key locations. The stories and images reinforce each other to create the seminal views of Holmes’s London embedded in our cultural memory.


Performing Arts Memorabilia Fair 2014

Saturday · 1 November · 10.30 - 16.00

Specialist dealers will display for sale books and ephemera including playbills, posters, autographs, programmes, prints and photographs, ballet, dance, circus, memorabilia, and much more at prices ranging from a few to several hundred pounds.

  • Sadler's Wells Theatre
  • Roseberry Avenue
  • London
  • EC1R 4TN
  • United Kingdom
  • More information contact: 01424 722647 · 07775 704052


Quote from Maurice Rickards
Ephemera - minor transient documents of every day life