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 has settled in to its new location, in mid-town Toronto. The Old Book and Paper Show sets up in a bright, easy to access and historic facility at Artscape Wychwood Barns. Make sure to get out to the April 6, 2014 show. New dealers, lots of great stock, plus great dealers in vintage rare and antiquarian books.
Hours: Sunday, April 6, 2014 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can find the following vintage books, paper and more: Transportation including railway and ocean liner items; Historical documents including land grants, mortgages and deeds; 30’s/40’s fashion magazines; airline memorabilia; Old magic books; Old farm equipment booklets; Eatons memorabilia;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; 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 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
Selected Highlights from the April 2013 show:
Laura Jones and Bennett Jones-Phillips, Baldwin Street Gallery, Toronto We’re a mother and son photography team- Laura Jones and Bennett Jones-Phillips. The gallery was known for its exhibitions during the 1960′s and 70′s. Now, it’s revived as a new generation – an on-line gallery to sell and license archival photographs.
Bennett and Laura are back and bringing old photographs, daguerreotypes, armbrotypes, gravures, and albums including the original 1894 Beautiful Paris by A. Pepper, a leather bound album with 400 images. In addition to our usual photography, we are bringing a few unusual items including pre-1900 mental heath books and papers: The American Journal of Insanity Vol. 1 No. 1 edited by the Officers of the New York State Lunatic Asylum, Utica 1811; and The Psychopathic Hospital of the Future by Pliny Earle in 1867.
Alexandre Antique Prints, Maps & Books are specialist dealers in 15th to 19th century Prints, Maps and Books. The gallery offers one of the largest selections of Prints and Maps available in North America. Vintage travel posters, Canadian Pacific, Canadian National, etc, are a particularly strong collectible.
Greg Yaneff, Yaneff International, Toronto is a totally Internet based art gallery, Yaneff.com, dealing exclusively in rare vintage Posters. Making a rare public appearance in Toronto, they will display and offer for sale, posters from their extensive collection. “Specializing currently in small format original posters and lithographs. Examples from our collection have been seen at Poster Fairs and Antique shows across North America, as well as at our Web site. The collection is constantly being added to and searching is done on behalf of our clients for the best condition and value posters around the world.” Thumbnail photos below: Lautrec, A. Adams, Monet
Kitchener Kollectables specializing in Vintage Ephemera, postcards, silver screen photographs, old comic books and vintage paper dating back to the 1800’s. For the April Show we have set aside:
- A recently acquired collection of Real Photo postcards
- A collection of vintage Comic Books (see photo)
- A large collection of Ontario Ephemera
Grant St. John, “Originally a collector of sporting ephemera, which is still a specialty, Grant’s interest has expanded. At Wychwood, Grant will be displaying Agricultural, automotive, entertainment, and history pieces, plus a large selection of vintage advertising and more.” Grant has set aside for Wychwood several items, including:
( 1 ) A February 19, 1887 issue of ” SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN ” : ( photo
-This issue of the publication, published in New York City, features a front
page photo and story of a train wreck in LINDSAY, Ontario.
( 2 ) A selection of ” ROSS BUTLER ” livestock prints : ( sample photo
-Including 4 prints of dairy cattle from the original “Standard Type”
series issued in the 1930′s.
-Plus numerous prints, in near mint condition, from the later “Agricultural
( 3 ) A selection of issues of ” The WAR of the NATIONS “, A history of the
great European conflict by Edgar Wallace: ( sample photo attached )
The Book Not Mad, Midland, ON, deals in a variety of subjects, with an emphasis in history, Canadiana, ephemera and occasionally the unusual.
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!”
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….”
Duncan McLaren, Lord Durham Rare Books, Inc., St. Catharines, ON Since 2008, Lord Durham Rare Books, Inc. (LDRB) has been full-time in the business of helping book collectors solve their collecting challenges.
Jason Rovito, for paperbooks.ca, Toronto “We’re nostalgic for the XIXth century—when paper was printed by steam & the city sweat it out. In particular: we’re interested in popular culture and communications from Europe and the Americas (1789 to 1929). Our specimen: Manual Art with the Scissors, by Mary L. Moran (State Critic Teacher, Providence, R. I.), published by Milton Bradley Company, 1907. With an epigraph from Emerson: “The conscious utterance of thought, by speech or action, to any end is art.”
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: 1. Stereoview cards: Marvin has about 2000 of them that he is going to bring along. At $2.50 each. 2. Bodyscope: It is a one fold diagram with revolving wheels of the human body. The second and third pages show a man and a woman. The wheels show the abdomen at the various layers. Created by Ralph and Theo Segal. $400.00
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.
Pat Kennery, Oakville Being new to selling paper items I really not specialize in anything.I am bringing to the show a large collection of stereoview cards including over 500 Military stereoview cards. I’ll also have some good antiquarian books on various subjects.
Lindsay Bignell, Bookseller, Montréal
Offered at the show: a selection of antiquarian books from the 18th and 19th century written in English, French – and Latin. Photography books from Japan, Europe and North America. Canadiana: literature, poetry chap books, books on art and architecture, ephemera. English, French, bilingual and multilingual titles
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.
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