Ephemera Society Fair London, May 2012

Ephemera Fair UKAs a new member it was my first visit at this Ephemera Society Fair London and I had much fun in meeting very nice new colleagues. I will definately go again if possible. The purpose of my stand there was rather to promote passport collecting than selling items. However both worked out very well and even more I found several excellent passports. For example…

German large ID Card 1928 used as passport
Saxe-Altenburg 1859

Russia Alexander II 1856

Principality of Lippe 1861

A pleasure was to meet William Kaczynski again, the book author of “Fleeing from the Führer”. William is writing about “People who makes a difference” and he came to inspect the just acquired Wallenberg Schutzpass. On the pages 145/146 of his book he is displaying also a Wallenberg which is in his own collection.


Together with my “assistant” Ed we had many interested visitors at our stand and I believe it was quite refreshing for many visitors and dealers to see a “new” collection topic at the Ephemera Fair. I got great new contacts and all other colleagues were very friendly and supportive. I spend a great time there.


As there was at the same time another “Paper Fair” just a few hundred meters far away at a hotel this Ephemera Fair was not that frequently visited as usual as some dealers told me. Everybody seems to take benefit of the large international antique book fair at Olympia. That`s why many fairs were held at the same time.

Ephemera Fair UK
…and my friend is right! Never place any liquids near Ephemera!

Quite interesting was my sale of 5 passports to a interior architect who want`s to design a new house with these passports. Again old passports going into art works.



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  1. I attended the ephemera fair in London once in the 1980’s and was lucky to find a few unusual passports. I loved it.

    1. In the 1980s I didn’t even collect them. I can imagine that those pioneer’s times on passport collecting must have been awesome. I had only participated in 2012, bought and sold some great stuff, and meet up with some fellow collectors. Great times.

  2. Glad to see you had a useful trip to London again recently, Tom – your web site is certainly a great resource. Thanks again for your help.

    1. Thank you Andy. Glad you found again something for your collection at my website. Stay in touch and thank you for your kind words.

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