Good Reading : February 2008
46 goodreading ı FEBRUARY 2008 coffee table Attention all squirrels! Many gr readers will instantly recognise the more recent examples of ‘ephemera’ or printed collectables shown on these pages.The images come from a new guide to collecting, buying and selling ephemera, Yesterday’s Paper.The guide is written by Vivienne O’Neill, who with her husband Ian Bullock has been collecting ephemera for over 20 years and currently runs an antiques and collectables shop in Saddleworth, on the southern edge of the Clare Valley in South Australia. Printed collectables from the 19th and 20th centuries cover a vast range of the type of material once thrown in the bin and now thrown into the recycling basket. But there’s gold in them thar greeting cards, menus, magazines, dance cards, calendars, postcards, theatre and sporting programs, comics and even labels! So rifle through your old cupboards and drawers then check out this book to see if you’ve come up trumps. Even if you emerge empty-handed, the lovely old items in the book – which Vivienne O’Neill puts into their social context in her readable narrative – will provide hours of rich browsing. Sunbeams No. 27 comic, 1950. $100. Information brochure for 1956 Melbourne Olympics. $15. Front and back covers of 1927 JC Williamson programme for operetta Rose Marie. The Seppelt ad was widely used at the time and the front shows a strong art deco influence. $30. Official invitation to the Royal Review at Fleminton in May 1901. In only fair condition, it was found in use as backing in a picture frame. $50-$100 depending on condition. memory lane down ‘Stock cards’ were a type of trade or advertising card. They were sometimes issued in numbered sets. This is the last in a set of six which begins with ‘Attraction’ and ends here with ‘Restoration’. It was issued by a Melbourne company. $20-$25. 1972/73 cricket tour guide. $12-$15.
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