Gadsden’s Old Book and Paper Show

Attic books:  Seed catalogue

Attic books: Seed catalogue


Artscape Wychwood Barns
601 Christie Street
Toronto, ON M6G 4C7

The GTA’s only old paper and antiquarian book show, The Old Book and Paper Show and sale covers every conceivable type of vintage printed material – hundred year old postcards, out of print books and magazines, historically relevant papers and letters, vintage comic books, 40′s and 50′s pulp fiction and a great deal more. It sets up in a bright, easy to access and historic facility at Artscape Wychwood Barns. Make sure to get out to the March 26, 2017 show. New dealers, lots of great stock, plus great dealers in vintage rare and antiquarian books.

Hours: Sunday, March 26, 2017 10am until 4pm
Admission: $10, no charge to children 12 and under

Collectors and dealers in old paper and books get together for the biggest one-day ‘vintage print-fest’ of the year.,

Collectors can find the following VPNov2013cvintage books, paper and more: Transportation including railway and ocean liner items; Historical documents including land grants, mortgages and deeds; 30’s/40’s fashion magazines; airline memorabilia; Old magic books; Old farm equipment booklets; Eatons memorabilia; Pulp fiction – crime, detective, Sci-Fi – including Weird Tales, The Shadow, The Phantom Detective, Vintage paperbacks; Movie posters, stills, lobby cards; Vintage photography on paper plus daguerreotypes, armbrotypes and tintypes; Trade Cards; Sporting material – baseball, hockey, hunting, fishing dating to the 1920’s; Autographs; Advertising; Letterheads; Postal covers; Nearly 100,000 vintage postcards, all villages, towns and cities in Ontario plus sports, transportation, holidays from Christmas to Halloween; Theatre and movie programs; Poetry; Scientific journals; Comic books; Magazines. Old books on a huge range of topics including: books on travel, military, science, literature, biographies, the Arctic, cooking, etc, plus fiction, and more.

“I really enjoyed the show, from the old repair and maintenance manuals to the advertising. I particularly liked browsing the books and magazines I used to read, like the Hardy Boys and LIFE.  I could have spent hours more at the postcards – the messages on the back give a little snapshot of life ‘back when’ “.  Tony R, Orangeville

“The show is a lot of fun… loved the old posters, books and photographs… there’s something for every budget, too.  I loved looking through the old postcards, the vintage illustrations as well as the messages.  Looking forward to the next show!”  Susan R, Orangeville


Photos from the April 2016 show:

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A Sneak Peak at the March 2017 show:

Ron Good, Port Hope  “I sell old advertising.  Mostly single pages from long dead magazines.  The reference to “Life Magazine” is only to let people know the usual dimensions of the ads.  Most folks know the page size of “Life”. But many other mags used the same size page. I am constantly amazed, and delighted, at the scope of peoples’ interests.  Some want ads relating to a former occupation, of the occupation of a parent/grandparent.  People look for every topic under the sun from aircraft through birds, cats, dogs, boats, Canadiana, the Dionne quints,   to perfumes, railways, Jewish themes, radio/television, movies and on  to world’s fairs, World War 2 and Wurlitzer.  And I can’t miss the VW bug!”

“This March, I will be bringing my usual assortment of quality advertising material extracted from vintage magazines. Topics from Aircraft to Zippo lighters.

I recently supplied Duesenberg, McLaughlin, Buick, etc. material for the Art and the Automobile section of the Canadian International Auto Show. These were made into very enlarged wall hangings. Quite attractive.”


Shirley Collins and Robert Rankin, Hamilton
“We offer a variety of ephemera including advertising; antique and vintage photos; handwritten diaries, notebooks and ledgers, and collectible books including Canadiana and children’s books.”

“For the March show we have some special pieces:”
Coca-Cola advertisement: Ladies Home Journal, 1920s.

The Greatest: by Muhammad Ali, First Printing, 1976, signed by the author.

The Ingoldsby Legends: by Thomas Ingoldsby, 1920, illustrated by Arthur Rackham.


Rare Photo Gallery, Neil McDonald, Toronto
Neil MacDonald, The Rare Photo Gallery, travels widely, to many of the Fenian_027 ephemera shows in North America and Europe. His agenda is packed, but we’re delighted when he can show up at the Old Book and Paper Show. He brings great things every time. Neil sent the following images, typical of what he deals in.

Among the array of unique treasures that Rare Photo Gallery will be bringing to the Old Book and Paper Show is a special selection of material highlighting the Fenian Raids (1866–1871). The year 2016 marks one hundred and fifty years since the raids began. This singular group of material includes: carte de visite (CDV) portraits of some of the most notable military figures of the Raids, and of Canadian military and militia soldiers of various ranks; a number of tintype military portraits; unique ephemera (documents, etc.); and some larger albumen prints, including one period-framed work by William Notman.Fenian_002Fenian_003-1Fenian_014-1

Charles Vyvial, ‘The Book Hunter’, Montreal
Last here in 2015, Charles returns with an exceptional selection of antiquarian books and ephemera.

Included will be ‘Canada and It’s Provinces’, A History of the Canadian People & Their Institutions by One Hundred Associates. Adam Short & Arthur G. Doughty General editors.
Deluxe limited Author’s Edition,#143 of 875 impressions on all-rag watermarked paper. Signed by the Publisher. Bound in full green Morocco. Very good plus condition – $650.

Alexandre Antique Prints, Maps & Books, Toronto
A fixture on Mount Pleasant, Alexandre specializes in antique maps, prints and travel posters.

Owner Alexandre states: “We have been one of the leading Canadian print and map sellers for the past 35 years. We maintain a large collection of antiquarian maps and prints of different locations in Canada and around the World.”

Two prints are shown.

The Globe Special Train (Passing Dundas), 1887 A fine example of this rather scarce lithograph of the Globe Special Train. Most early newspapers were local, and individualistic, there were no chains in those days. The Globe was a paper that did reach to other communities and it did this by a most unusual way, a train. Not content to distribute its papers on regular passenger trains as newspapers did for many decades, The Globe had its own train! This Special Train had just one car, a combination baggage-coach numbered 601 and specially painted to advertise The Globe. \\\”Special Fast Train between Toronto and London, Hours Ahead of All Competitors\\\”

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For Wychwood, rare early Iceland stereoviews, Camden’s ‘Brittania’ 1722, with annotations – from the St Paul’s Cathedral Library, Panoramic Photo of Liberal Convention 1960’s, daguerreotype of Cleveland Town Hall, original Toronto Union Station plans, early letterhead from 10 Downing St., signed first edition Robertson Davies, Framed Shelburne Lacrosse Club 1897, an Atlantic Ocean ‘Bottle Map” 1846, WW1 German soldier’s photo album, Rare 1832 bank stock certificate and other unusual paper paraphernalia.

In addition, we expect to bring: Autographs, Sheet Music, Diaries Ledgers, Rare books, Maps/Atlas, Dags, Samples Glass negs/slides, Ephemera by topic, Politics, Toronto, Military, Sport, Royalty, Transportation, Newspaper Events

Steven Temple, Steven Temple Books, Welland
Having operated bookshops in downtown Toronto since 1974, we closed the shop and escaped the city in March, 2014. I am not sorry. It’s quite nice down here in my new old home in Welland, Ontario

I have a few good things set aside for the April show.

MANNHEIMER BROTHERS ST. PAUL, MINNESOTA. Winter 1914-15. Trade catalog for women’s clothing and more. Octavo, pp 56, stapled, in pictorial paper covers. One inch tear to bottom margin of pp 21-22, otherwise a fine copy. Illustrations on every page. The latest fashions, clothes for girls, corsets, negligee, underwear, bras, mourning wear, petticoats and bodices, furs, shoes, hosiery, neckwear, gloves, girdles, umbrellas, trunks and bags, tableware, stationery, jewellery, beds, Stickley furniture, curtains, hankies, and a bit more. The men get a little inside the rear cover.
CAD 45.00

HORNYANSKY, Nicholas (1896-1965). “The old observatory (University of Toronto”. Toronto: Artist, no date, Colour aquatint, image size 11 x. 15 cm, signed and captioned by the artist in pencil in the lower margin. Fine. Hornyansky was a noted Hungarian-Canadian painter in oil and watercolour, engraver, printmaker, and etcher. He settled in Toronto. CAD 350.00

LARGE LITHOGRAPHED MAP OF DOWNTOWN TORONTO 1888. 50 X 88 cm. Engraved by Rolph, Smith. Map area is 33 x 57 cm. Issued as an advertisement by P. Jameson, clothiers, corner of Yonge and Queen. Pictures of the establishment to the left and right of the map, large typographical heading at top. Vertical crease, else fine. Matted. CAD 850.00



Kitchener Kollectables, Patrick & Slade Kitchener
“Kitchener Kollectables is proud to be bringing a large grouping of Entertainment Memorabilia from the 1940′s to the 1960′s that include Lobby Cards, Signed Photographs & other memorabilia. We will also be bringing key issues of early Life Magazines, Vintage Comic Books, Early Pulp Paperbacks, Real Photo Postcards & another large grouping of Military Ephemera.”

“When you visit our booth you are guaranteed to see items we have just acquired and have saved specifically for the show. This year we will continue in this trend with some vintage comic books with great cover art, vintage pulp magazines (including a large collection of Tijuana Bibles), Military related documents and paper, real photo postcards and much more. We look forward to seeing everyone at the show and the next 15 years!!”
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Ron and Sheila Workman, St. CatharinesEmail001

“We have thousands of old postcards including one of the largest stocks of Ontario cards. Many postcards have been added and we are expanding from two tables to three for the March and October shows in 2017.”

Left: Early advertising card, mailed Feb 1, 1900, to Guelph. Right: Winsch Halloween card.


Cottage Country Collectables, Scott Hall, Toronto
In addition to bringing some superb cottage country related ephemera, postcards and photos, we are excited to bring the following unique items :

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1958 Woody Herman Palace Pier showcard

WW1 Canadian Royal Flying Corps aviation photo album

1864 Pre-confederation carte de visite of John A. Macdonald published by renowned photographer William Notman.

These are just a few of the items we are bringing out for this show, so please stop by and see all the other documents, photos and ephemera we have uncovered since the Fall show.

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John Parr, Murdo’s Books, Etobicoke “Our focus is on Canadiana including a good selection of books by or about  members of the Group of Seven (including signed copies), Military Books, Original illustration art by Robert E.  Lougheed, Original signed comic strips of the beloved Herman by Jim Unger,  Vintage Photographs including Original Large Format B&W Photo’s from the U of T Hart House Camera Club Shows from the 1930’s….

For the April show, we’re bringing a large quantity of early children’s books including many with a sports theme, Boy Scouts, Tom Swift++ We are also bringing a large selection of vintage movie magazines and pocket books.


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Steven Panet, Fastball Collectibles, Scarborough
I’m bringing some rare 1950′s and 60′s paper collectibles for the show.
I will be bringing lots more rare vintage rare sports and movie collectibles to the show as well. I will also be bringing some great 1950s and 60s comics books.
I have been enjoying this fun hobby now since 1975, buying and selling rare sports and movie collectibles with my dad.


Attic Books, Marvin Post, London, ON – Wide range of decorative ephemera, specializing in postcards, autographs, maps and prints, photographs. Some of the interesting and fabulous things Attic Books is bringing to the Old Book and Paper Show:

Various Canadian Seed Catalogues. Webb’s 1928. 1928 Catalogue of Dutch Bulbs from C.G. v. Tubergen and distributed by C.A. Cruickshank in Toronto. 1927 Catalogue from John A. Bruce & Co from Hamilton.

Front of the Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show 1897 tour poster which was printed in Ottawa and is a two sided paper poster.

Lastly is the special edition of The Standard, the Tercentenary (300th) Souvenir Edition from July 25th, 1908. It is celebrating the 300th anniversary of the founding of Quebec with emphasis on both French and British Heritage. Includes Jacques Cartier’s discovery of Canada, Champlain’s activities, photos of Governors-General, historic views of old Quebec, memories of the Battle of the Plains of Abraham, scenes from General Wolfe’s and General Montcalm’s boyhoods, etc. Official programme of commemorative events at rear includes a visit from the Prince of Wales (future George V).




Gadabout, Victoria Dinnick, Toronto “Gadabout loves ephemera of all kinds. We have everything from old TTC tickets and airline schedules to school size wall maps and vintage advertising standees. Vintage travel posters and political bumf also figure in the mix. Gadabout is travelling to some European markets in February and MArch and will be bringing back some paper treasures from there. Old diaries and maps are a sure bet.”
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John Alexander, Alexander Arts, TorontoMapplethorpe Book

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John explains how he got involved in selling: “I would have to say that there comes a time in every collector’s life when they have to decide if they are going to go on to become a hoarder, or start to sell parts of a collection to finance other collecting. Since I didn’t want to end up on American TV, I decided selling was better, and I can delude myself that I am, to use that modern catch phrase – down sizing.

“For this show, I will be bringing some books about erotica. Taschen produced a beautiful two volume set of John Willie’s Bizarre back in 1995 that we will have for sale. We have also acquired a copy of the Dictionnaire de Sexologie printed in Paris in 1962, as well as other photography and drawing books, most notably Mapplethorpe’s Altars.

I will also have a nice selection of affordable carte de vistes, cabinet cards and other photographs and postcards collected on our travels.”


Wilfrid M. de Freitas, Bookseller, Montreal “As for what we like to sell, Winston Churchill is a perennial favourite and we’ll have some of his first editions, as well as some books on travel, architecture and natural history. Attached are two photos of items we’ll be bringing to Wychwood Barns.”

1. Hector Lemuel. Boutiques Parisienne du Premier Empire. Paris, 1925. First edition 32 pochoir plates, with text, in portfolio of early 19th century Paris storefronts, based on a rare collection of 69 hand-coloured folio engravings, titled Collection des maisons de commerce de Paris …, published between 1806 and 1813. Compiled and produced by the architect responsible for completing the “New” Louvre.

2. A selection of Victorian spectacularly gilt-decorated cloth bindings on various subjects





Morris Norman, Toronto, inveterate and impassioned collector, sells and collects anything Canadian – telephone items, Canadian Railway, Toronto ephemera, posters, postcards, documents, broadsides, banking stocks, car material, Hudson Bay, Yukon, Louis Riel, War of 1812,  WW1, Canadian Prime Ministers,  hockey and early sports, western settlement, canoe catalogues, farm machinery, lighthing, architectural catalogues, Eatons and Simpsons, Canadian Judaica – all of the above Canadian only. Plus great folk art and scarce license plates.

Wychwood Barns – a superb venue:

Wychwood Barns is one of Toronto’s newest event venues. In 1913 the Toronto Transit Commission built the structure in order to be able to service its fleet of streetcars. It functioned for many decades before becoming redundant. A major renovation was undertaken over the last few years, transforming the barns into a magnificent community resource. Reopened in 2008, it is now home to art galleries, artist studios, a regular farmers’ market, and more. The centrepiece of the complex is the ‘Covered Street’, a 200 foot long room, formerly used to overhaul streetcars, but now a spacious event facility. Industrial-chic is the design theme, exposed red brick walls, a wonderful end-to-end glass skylight forming a roof, vintage TTC photographs on the walls. In short, a perfect venue for our Old Book and Paper Show.

Getting There

Wychwood Barns is at 601 Christie Street, west of Bathurst, south of St. Clair. It occupies a block between Christie Street on the west and Wychwood Avenue on the east.

Parking is extremely limited at Wychwood Barns, in compliance with the building’s environmental LEED certification. As such, visitors should consider taking public transit to the site.

St. Clair streetcar #512 runs along St. Clair and connects with St. Clair West Subway station.

Christie bus #126 runs from the Bloor Subway station north on Christie and stops at the door.

Bathurst bus #7 is two blocks east of the barns and runs from Bloor Subway line north on Bathurst.

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