The Old Book & Paper Show

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

The GTA’s only 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 March 29, 2015 show. New dealers, lots of great stock, plus great dealers in vintage rare and antiquarian books.

Hours: Sunday, March 29, 2015 10am until 4pm

Admission: $8, 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.

VPNov2013cCollectors can find the following vintage books, paper and more: Transportation including railway and ocean liner items; Historical documents including land grants, mortgages and deeds; 30’s/40’s fashion magazines; airline memorabilia; Old magic books; Old farm equipment booklets; Eatons memorabilia;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

Select Highlighhts from the April 2014 show:

Steven Evans Vintage Photography, Toronto Steven is a passionate collector and dealer in vintage photography and is always on the lookout for exceptional vintage images from around the world. At Wychwood, he’ll have the usual excellent selection, including these vintage European and Asian photos.

Unknown maker
albumen print
c. 1890(from an album made by an amateur entomologist)

“Guess Who”
unknown maker, France
gelatin silver print
c. 1900

Three Chinese Girls
Lai Afong
albumen print
c. 1890

Rare Photo Gallery, Neil McDonald and Elizabeth Chen, Toronto
Neil and Elizabeth, The Rare Photo Gallery, travel widely, to many of the top ephemera shows in North America and Europe. Their agenda is packed, but we’re delighted when they can show up at the Old Book and Paper Show. They bring great things every time. For this show, they have a carte-de-visite photograph of Sir John A. MacDonald, taken by Robert Milne, Hamilton, Ontario; ca. 1860 and a copy of Bibby’s Annual, an illustrated journal for Country Readers, from 1914, Liverpool, England. Joseph Bibby was a Liverpool councillor, and an animal feed and soap maker. His magazine covered issues in agriculture, literature, politics and religion.


Dave and Sandy Moore, Waterloo, ON
“Postcards are my game…local cards my fame…usually” So says Dave Moore, and he’s always digging for cards of local interest or social history. “Not unlike many post card dealers who affirm that the train station, the parade, the local lads’ hockey team all rank among the most sought after views from the ‘Golden Age of Post Cards’ (1905 – 1915); we are also aware of the great achievements by the manufacturers of that era. Some are simply wonderful representations of the lithographer’s art, some are curious contrivances. They might be lumped into the ‘Novelty’ genre. So, at Wychwood we will present some gems we recently found.”

“The first 2 are the ultimate artwork of Ellen H. Clapsaddle and copyrighted 1911 by International Art. Publ. Co.
A) This little girl will move an arm and the jack-o-lantern masque to reveal a pudgy face
B) A little black boy does the same for Halloween thrills.
Both cards survive in A-1 mechanical condition, and incredibly, B also bears post office cancels.

Card A

Card A

Card B

Card B

Card C, another mechanical-type inspiration has this chappie whose eyes still roam 109 years beyond his copyright. Tap the tab for proper performance.

Card D is a Hold-to-light example. HTL’s represent a zenith of the publishing efforts of post card entrepreneurs. This ‘Transparograph’ is from England. It even boasts a patent number. Best-ever of HTL?

Card C

Card C

Card D

Card D

In the world of Deltiology can many surpass these? Undeniably desirable a century later.”

Investment Consulting Services International, Chris Schwendinger, Toronto and Havana. I will be advertising at the show that I am there to both buy and sell. I am interested in buying any ephemera from around the world.

“I have been a dealer in Rare Ephemera, signatures/autographs, documents, comic books, trading cards… for over 37 years now. I have a B.A. in Spanish from the University of Toronto including studies in Cuban History and I continue my studies of Cuban, Spanish and also Chinese history on a daily basis. I am constantly examining rare documents and autographs. I live both in Havana, Cuba and Toronto, Canada. I am also well-qualified to determine the difference between original and reproduction ephemera pieces with relative ease. I am also a consultant to various American Universities as regards rare Cuban and Chinese documents. I have also been a member vendor of Ebay in good-standing for about 15 years. My studies in Cuban and world history continue on a daily basis – this is my passion!”

At Wychwood, I will have Fidel Castro original signatures, 19th
century Chinese slavery contracts (from when the Chinese were enslaved in Cuba), contracts written in Spanish, signed in Chinese, rare photos etc.


Castro signature


Slave Contract

Kitchener Kollectables Kitchener Kollectables specializing in Paper Ephemera, Vintage Photography & 1950’s Risqué Pin Ups Memorabilia. Special for this show is a Large Collection of 1800’s Tin Type & CDV Photos, Vintage 10 cent Comics from the 1950’s, framed artwork including Picasso Print & other notable artists, early erotica from a private collection & our usual wide selection of real photo postcards.


Grant St. John, West Lorne, ON “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:

A portfolio of 8 prints ( photo attached ) featuring ” FAMOUS CANADIAN HIGHLAND REGIMENTS “.

The set was issued by ” Hiram Walker & Sons Limited ” (circa 1951).
-$75 for the complete set.

A 1937 edition of a ” BEATTY BARN BOOK ” ( photo attached ).

This hardcover edition is not in mint condition. But, it is in good shape compared to most that are found at auction.
The inside pages are clean with no writing, apart from the original owner’s stamp inside the back cover.
The cover shows wear, But as you can see from the photo, it is quite presentable.
- $100

Grant 1Grant 2

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!

For April, I plan on having a particularly large stock of movie ads and Coca-Cola. Also a number of Rolls-Royce showroom posters.”

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 spring show we are featuring a large collection of Pinup Magazines, Calendars and Mutoscope cards, featuring Marilyn Monroe and Art by Vargas, Earl Moran, Gil Elvgren as well as Vintage Photo’s, Real Photo Postcards, Signed Classics + Canadiana!”

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.

“I should have about 15-20 land grants for this show. Below are four examples with brief description and a reference photos with item numbers for each of the four.”

#4688; 1836 Military Land Grant to William Markle of the Township of Flamborough West in the County of Halton in the District of Gore

#3114; Province of Canada Land Grant to Alexander Johnson and John Johnson of the Town of London in the district of London

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Jason Rovito, for, 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 Attic 1Attic2Attic3

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.”

David Lewis Sternfeld, Media History MTL, Montreal is an international photographer whose credits include royal wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana while on assignment for UPI.

Media History MTL is a vendor of fine vintage photography, postcards, lithographs, maps and antique books. We offer a strong collection of North American and European items with a special emphasis on Canadian material from the 19th and early 20th century.

- Multiple antique volumes of Portraits of British North Americans by William Notman; with biographical sketches by Fennings Taylor, c. 1865.

- Vintage mounted photograph of the Bank of Montreal Hockey Club, 1913-14 by William Notman

- Hundreds of collectable stereographs, Real-Photo postcards, carte-de-visites and cabinet cards

- International military press photographs from 1940-60s

- A wide range of 20th century movie posters and film-still press photographs

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 three photos of items we’ll be bringing to Wychwood Barns.”

1. A Victorian Letters Patent (two page parchment document) granted to dentist Frederic Lewis Lawrence for his invention of “… Improvements in colouring and hardening Elastic Gums for dental purposes …”, with a great seal (approx. 6″ in diameter) in its original leather case. Price $975

2. A fore-edge painting of College Street, Dublin on an 1810 edition of The Poems of Cunningham, and Goldsmith. Price $575.

2. An original leaf from a 1664 Third Folio of Shakespeare’s play The Life of King Henry the Eighth. Price $250. (Note: 2014 is the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth which is being celebrated worldwide)


Alain Masson, Toronto For several years, Alain Masson has been selectively collecting in Canada, England, France and to a modest extent worldwide 19th and early 20th century vintage photography from well known and anonymous photographers. Following a successful career as a professional photographer Alain is a passionate vintage photography collector and welcomes the opportunity to share and learn with others.
Masson1Masson2 Photo details: Antoine Demilly : silver print 9×10 ca 1930
Furne and Tournier : albumen print 4×5 ca 1859

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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