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New life for old papers at Ephemera Fair in Greenwich

March 17, 2019

GREENWICH — Crowds descended on the annual Ephemera Fair in Old Greenwich — the largest one in the nation — to check out the displays of old games, advertisements, theater brochures and posters set up across the Hyatt Regency.

The items of “ephemera” — old posters, broadsides, letters, maps, magazines, photographs and other things on paper — were meant to be used, not saved. And even though these items were not created to be preserved, many types of ephemera have since become collectibles.

More than 80 exhibitors offered 10,000 items for sale from under $10 to over $1 million at the weekend event sponsored by The Ephemera Society of America.

There was also a treasure trove of American documents set up on display: “National Emergencies and Historic Documents That Shaped America.” The items included a love letter from Alexander Hamilton, a famous declaration from George Washington on religious liberty and a rare copy of the U.S. Constitution.

The fair manager, Marvin Getman, called this year’s lineup of vendors a strong one. “Photography is a hot item, as well as children’s literature, African-American history. Americana is always big, as well as New England items,” Getman said. “And people just love coming to the fair.”

The Ephemera Fair continues from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Hyatt Regency Greenwich, 1800 E. Putnam Ave.