Member Blogs > Read'Em Again BooksA New Show Venue for November and A Winter Catalog Preview - 22 October 2016

  • Sat, 22 Oct 2016 06:33:55    Permalink

    Pretty soon we’ll be on the road, heading north on I-95, to set up at Marvin Getman’s Book, Print & Ephemera Show in Boston.  As usual, it will likely be a little crazy right at opening when a crowd of dealers who are doing the ABAA show rolls down the steps like an avalanche so they can get their buying done and make it back to the Hynes before that show opens at noon.
    If you come to the show, you won't be able to miss us, we’ll be in Booth A101, right inside the entrance to the main exhibit hall after you walk down the stairs.  The Book, Print & Ephemera Show runs at the Back Bay Events Center, 180 Berkeley Street in Boston from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, 29 October, and is located just a short walk from the big ABAA Boston International Book Fair at the Hynes Convention Center.  Here’s a link to get a free ticket for the afternoon.

    We hadn't planned on doing another show after Boston until the season really starts up with the California book fairs in February, but a couple of weeks ago we received an email from D’Amore Promotions; they are the people who run the gigantic antique and collectible shows at Chantilly, Virginia, not too far from Dulles International Airport.  D’Amore is trying to start up a new annual Big Flea Antique Market in Nashville, actually Franklin, Tennessee, and their first show will be Saturday and Sunday, 19-20 November.   If this show is half as good as the Chantilly show, it should be a great place to shop.  Since the booth price is reasonable, we like Nashville, and we had a free weekend, we decided to give it a try.  We’ve already got tickets for Friday night to see the Grand Ole Opry at the Ryman; looks like Kiefer Sutherland will be a guest to push his new album.  Maybe we’ll get a chance to stop by Prince’s for some hot chicken too, and if we're really lucky Maynard and the Musties will be playing somewhere nearby that weekend. Anyway, we'll be there in a double-booth.  In addition to some of our regular stock, we’ll be bringing a bunch things that haven't seen the light of day over the last few years, so we'll use half our space to hold a big clearance sale. Gail will be taking care of the clearance side of the booth, and she absolutely hates having to store inventory that no longer fits our business model.  So, if you happen to be in Nashville the weekend before Thanksgiving, stop-by and see her at the show.  If you don’t want to pay the marked price, make her an offer; my guess is that she’ll be selling things for pennies (well, maybe dimes) on the dollar.  She'll even throw in a free Read'Em Again Books tote-bag.  She’s enjoying herself just thinking about it.
    We’ve been hustling to put together a catalog that we can send out around Thanksgiving, and it looks like we’ll make it.  Most of the write-ups are done, but we still need to take a lot of photos, settle on the prices, and get it organized.  As usual, there will be a wide-range of personal narratives related to American culture and history (things like diaries, scrapbooks, and photograph albums) as well as some books and ephemera.  
    Here are a half dozen of the things it will include .(If you'd like more info about any of them before the catalog is published, just send an email to
    A collection of 15 of  John Binns’s Philadelphia broadsheets, The Democratic Press, from 1828 including seven with large coffin-illustrated  anti-Andrew Jackson “Monumental Inscriptions.”
    A collection of 86 ceremonial menus and programs collected by New York City Police Commissioner Richard E. Enright.  Mostly New York City: 1899-1927
    A Normandy Invasion D-Day Landing archive from June of 1944: Liberty Ship ship’s log, photograph album, and assorted ephemera. 
    A scrapbook-diary documenting two years (1917-1919) spent by a female singer, Beulah Chase Dodge, performing for American soldiers stationed throughout France during World War One.  
    It’s All in the Draw– and advertising premium for Bicycle Playing Cards and the United States Cartridge Company created by C. E. H. Brelsford and C. W. Dimick in 1895.

    An African-American family photograph album from “America’s Oldest Negro Community,” Gouldtown New Jersey, compiled by Harold L. Valentine, Jr. between 1934 and 1944.

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