Member Blogs > Read'Em Again BooksOur Last Book Fair for the Year - 17 Nov 2014

  • Mon, 17 Nov 2014 04:48:16    Permalink

    We just got back from Boston after a very successful book fair; not the ABAA fair at the Hynes, we did Marvin Getman’s Shadow Show at the Back Bay Events Center.  You have to hand it to Marvin; his Boston show is by far the best organized show (book or antique) that we've ever attended--from start to finish.  From the time you pull into the loading area, it takes his porters no more than five minutes to have all of your stock out of your van and loaded onto their dollies.  Then, by the time you park your vehicle at either of two nearby lots and walk back to the show, the porters inevitably have all of your stock unloaded right at your booth.  You can’t beat that.  Load-out is almost as easy as load in, and Marvin really goes out of his way to make sure your needs are met during the show, whether it’s having lunches delivered right to your booth, providing heavily discounted parking tickets, or straightening out display case issues.   We didn’t sell much during set up, just some mid-range ephemera, but we did purchase a few nice things.  My favorites are a lovely example of McLoughlin’s Santa Claus and his Workswith Thomas Nast illustrations and Child Toilers of Boston Streets, a reform-minded young-adult book with narratives and illustrations of a dozen different child laborers including sellers of Christmas greens, newsboys, shovelers, ash pickers, fruit vendors, bootblacks, flower vendors, street musicians, balloon vendors, peddlers, chestnut roasters, and telegraph boys.


    As always, a crush of dealers from the ABAA show as well as a goodly number of serious collectors descended upon the show floor at opening, and it remained busy all day long.  We made our last sale ten minutes before closing.We intentionally brought a fairly large selection of cheaper material as the ABAA suggested for dealers setting up at the Hynes show.  And . . . we sold a lot of books and pieces of ephemera, writing up over fifty sales during the eight-hour show.  Although none of our more expensive items sold, sales slips ranged from one for $8 to several in the $3,000 range.  Similar to some of the comments I’ve read about the ABAA show, there were many younger shoppers and first-time buyers at the Shadow Show.  As it almost always seems to be with these buyers, they were snapping up topically themed ephemera.We also had the good fortune to spend some time with a brand-new dealer, who I think is taking a great approach to becoming a specialty dealer in an area I must confess I love too:  anthropomorphism.  Her name is Jennifer Tipton, and she has just started Wood & White Antiquarian Books and Curiosities.  Jennifer isn't limiting herself to selling only books and paper; she is including small artifacts and collectibles in her inventory as well.  She is as excited about selling books as anyone I've ever met, and I have little doubt that she’ll be at the Colorado seminar this summer.  She only has a place-marker website up right now, but it will give you an idea of the approach she plans on taking.  (Oh, she was a good customer too, purchasing a pair of very nice books!)
    Finally, over the last couple of months, we've added some interesting items to our inventory.  Three of them are: a first edition, second state of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, a custom-made album of pioneer Salt Lake City and Mormon Church photographs, and the rifle and a set of Native American photographs that belonged to an Indian Wars soldier 

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