Vin­tage ad­ver­tis­ing, ephemera show on tap

The Register Citizen (Torrington, CT) - - FRONT PAGE -

HART­FORD — Ad­ver­tis­ing and pa­per lovers, Papermania Plus, the North­east’s largest vin­tage ad­ver­tis­ing and ephemera show, re­turns to the XL Cen­ter on Aug. 25, said a news re­lease from or­ga­niz­ers. The show has been run­ning con­tin­u­ously in Hart­ford since 1975 and is one of the top shows for ad­ver­tis­ing, pa­per and mem­o­ra­bilia col­lec­tors in the coun­try.

Papermania Plus of­fers se­ri­ous col­lec­tors and the merely cu­ri­ous a trea­sure trove of vin­tage items, in­clud­ing post­cards, movie posters, pho­to­graphs, rare books, fine art prints, base­ball cards, maps, sheet mu­sic, au­to­graphs, and much more. Even items such as old stock cer­tifi­cates from long-bank­rupt com­pa­nies — valu­able for their de­sign, not the com­pany they rep­re­sent — can be found. Then there’s the “Plus” part: pins, tin-types, vin­tage bot­tles, metal and wooden sign, and ad­ver­tis­ing sam­ples of all kinds.

“[Papermania Plus] show­cases the im­por­tance of printed ma­te­rial be­fore the In­ter­net,” says show pro­moter Gary Gip­stein. “The breadth and depth of ma­te­rial on dis­play here is stag­ger­ing. I can’t be­lieve some of the things that our ven­dors bring in. Just the avail­abil­ity of old post­cards alone is amaz­ing; tens of thou­sands of post­cards with his­toric scenes of places around the world. It’s amaz­ing. And that’s just a start.”

The show is one of the largest on the cir­cuit. Dozens of ven­dors from across the coun­try will bring items to sell, share, and dis­play. The pub­lic is en­cour­aged to bring in their own trea­sures for an ap­praisal from 11 am to 2 pm. Among the ap­prais­ers this year is Gary Sohmers, fa­mous for his ap­pear­ances on the 7-time Emmy nom­i­nated PBS-TV pro­gram “An­tiques Road­show.” “We are ex­tremely for­tu­nate to have Mr. Sohmers at Papermania Plus again this year,” Gip­stein said.

“A show of this sort is an in­vi­ta­tion to an old­fash­ioned swap ses­sion,” Gip­stein said. “You know, the kind where you have a chance to pick up a rare Topps Base­ball Card you’ve been look­ing for, or a back­stage pass and poster from that Grate­ful Dead con­cert you were at. You can also search for a mint copy of the first Bat­man comic book, Stephen King’s Cas­tle Rock news­let­ters, rare Civil War pic­tures or WWII in­signia and com­bat rib­bons, and even rare LP’s. There are stereo view cards, stock cer­tifi­cates and many kinds of ec­cen­tric­i­ties of in­ter­est to ev­ery­one.”

Papermania Plus at the XL Cen­ter in Hart­ford runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Satur­day, Au­gust 25. Tick­ets are $9. Se­niors and stu­dents with a valid ID card can get half-price ad­mis­sion. Com­plete in­for­ma­tion can be found at­per­ma­, or by join­ing the PaperMania Plus com­mu­nity on Face­book. You can fol­low @Pa­per­ma­niaPlus on Twit­ter and In­sta­gram.

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A work of art in pa­per.

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