The Old Book & Paper Show
Artscape Wychwood Barns
601 Christie Street
Toronto, ON M6G 4C7
The GTA’s top old paper and antiquarian book show, now in its convenient mid-town Toronto location. The Old Book and Paper Show sets up in the bright, easy to access and historical facility at Wychwood Barns. Make sure to get out to the November 3, 2013 show. New dealers, lots of great stock, plus great dealers in vintage rare and antiquarian books.
Hours: Sunday, November 3, 10am until 4pm
Admission: $8, no charge to children 12 and under
Ontario 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 vintage 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Transportation including railway and ocean liner items; Historical documents including land grants, mortgages and deeds; 30’s/40’s fashion magazines; airline memorabilia; Old magic books; Old farm equipment booklets; Eatons memorabilia;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; 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.
Some highlights from the November 2012 Wychwood Show
John and Judith Sayers, Niagara on the Lake
“Welcome to Ocean Liner Stuff, which started out focused on ships, but has now grown into a source for other neat books, postcards and ephemera that we pick up during our searches in 3 countries!
“We are excited about a complete set of the 1936 version of the board game, Pirates and Travelers by Milton Bradley. Board, spinner, game cards – this has it all. Almost 80 years old, and a rare insight to the world as it used to be!”
“Great graphics on the cover of this 1930 adventure book! This is the third book about The Sky Buddies, and their wonderful new plane, the Lark. Here we go back 80+ years into a world that was less sophisticated and more innocent that the one we know now.”
Neil MacDonald and Elizabeth Chen, Rare Photo Gallery, Toronto
Neil sent photos of 3 superb pieces he’s bringing to Wychwood. First is a broadside by the Toledo, Saginaw and Muskegon Railway, promoting an excursion to Toronto for the 1892 Toronto Industrial Fair and Exposition. Also of local interest, a piece of sheet music, 1906 entitled The Cayuga Two Step, with great graphics. Also, a Claude Monet letter dated 1886.
Ron Good, Port Hope
My stuff can be described as “Vintage ‘Life’ size magazine advertising
from ‘Aircraft Civil’ to ‘Wurlitzer’ via Canadiana , golf, movies, ocean
liners and radios. I have some great stock certificates that I will be
Dave and Sandy Moore of Waterloo are long time dealers and veterans of “paper shows”. Dave, as president and founding member of the Kitchener Waterloo Cambridge Regional Post Card Club is continually digging for post cards. A recent acquisition being a family cache of photo-cards of the ‘Royal Flying Corps, dated 1917 (barracks, stores and other buildings on ‘Duffern St’ Toronto and in Hamilton.
Also of ephemeral interest is an original mimeographed prospectus for the share offering of the Photo Specialty Co. of Streetsville, Ont. It is dated and signed by A. G. Smith, company secretary (and also the inventor of the ‘Smith Photo-printing Machine’). Dave says, “This device produced many of the prized local view cards we search for 100 years later.”
“And, politically incorrect, but we are offering some original and unopened cigarettes – notably a ‘Daily Mail’ four pack having T.C.A. imprints.”
Grant St. John
Grant will bring his usual broad selection of ephemera. Vintage advertising, automotive, entertainment and history pieces etc. will be on offer, plus his usual selection of sporting ephemera.
“Here are the details for 3 items that I am saving for the show:
(1) 40 Photos from Toronto’s “Alexandra Park” area:
The information accompanying this find, indicated that the photos were taken by an architectural student circa late 1950′s.
(2) 1987 CNE SHOW POSTER : (photo attached)
The poster features Neil Young, Whitney Houston, Tina Turner, David Bowie, Chicago & Alabama plus others. It is hard to believe that 1987 was a quarter century ago!
(3) Complete Toronto ” Globe and Mail” Final Edition- Monday October 18, 1954:(photo attached)
The newspaper contains many reports and pictures of the devastation brought to the Toronto area during the previous weekend by Hurricane Hazel.
Andy and Christine Crowe, Chute a Blondeau, ON
The Crowes turn up unusual pieces of ephemera on a regular basis. For the Wychwood show they have found an 1886 team photo. Says Andy: “The photo is entitled MONTREAL LACROSSE CLUB – OLD GROUNDS 1886 from an estate auction held out in the Huntington Quebec area. From the family, a nephew of the estate found a picture he wanted to take the frame from and this photo was in behind it. Done by the Montreal photographers Summerhayes and Walford 1886.”
Marty Trail, private collector Coming all the way from Fredericton, NB. “I’ve never displayed before! extensive collection of late 1800′s-early 1900′s letterheads, invoices & envelopes on 50+ topics. (railroad, autos, hotels, fashion, military, tobacco, agriculture, medical, furniture, etc..)”
Artophile, Port Perry Also first time at the show, Joanne Bergen sells books on art and fashion.
Attic Books, London, ON
Hamilton House Steel, Briggs’ Catalogue
46th 1919 Vegetable cover
Hamilton House Steel, Briggs’ Catalogue
1911 Roses cover
Merker Printing and Stationary
154 Bathhurst St Toronto Ontario
Rotating 82 Year Calendar of the 20th Century
Starts 1944 to 2025
Plus all the regulars…Richard Shuh and Linda Wooley, Lord Durham Rare Books, Gary Welker, Frank and Nancy Hoyles, The Byfields and more!
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.
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.
Get detailed public transit information at www.ttc.ca
Find Green P parking lot locations close
to 601 Christie St at www.greenp.com/find-parking