Richard Shuh and Linda Wooley, Alphabet Bookshop, Port Colborne

Richard and Linda have a knack for finding wonderful old paper to add to their vast inventory of ephemera and antiquarian books.

Alphabet Bookshop will be bringing a “Jumbo the Elephant” item to the Book & Paper show.

An Original, 1882 broadside / poster for “Jumbo” the elephant, three years before his tragic death at St. Thomas, Ontario. Printed on a heavy newspaper type stock, blank on verso. The Lower ad is for “Baby Bridgeport” who was born in Connecticut on Feb. 2nd, 1882 – only the second elephant birth in America.
The broadside measures 10 ¼” X 21”. Half the poster is the Jumbo ad & the bottom half, Bridgeport. A rare & somewhat fragile item in near fine condition.

Offered at CAD $500.00

Grant St. John, West Lorne, ON

Grant has been a regular participant at the “Old Book and Paper Show“since 2005. He started collecting and selling paper nostalgia as a retirement project. Originally a collector of sporting ephemera, his interest has expanded to many other categories. “I think the Wychwood Show is the most prestigious and well attended paper show in Ontario. Therefore, only my best current stock will be on offer. In addition to sporting items, I will be bringing old advertising pieces plus the usual other items of interest”.

John Parr, Murdos Books, Etobicoke

Murdo’s Books will be bringing a large selection of vintage magazines including 1950’s Playboys, Marilyn Monroe, Film Star Magazines, Rolling Stone, Sports and early Kid’s Magazines++

Mike Serafin, The Book Not Mad, Midland

“The Book Not Mad will be bringing plenty of material to the Old Book and Paper Show.  Highlights include a slew of Great Lakes related reports and ephemera, and a large number of WWI & II pamphlets and booklets – along with a selection of books relating to those areas of interest. As always there will be plenty of Canadiana, including a selection of Bartlett’s engravings. Our ephemera boxes will have a broad range of items on a broad range of topics, some reasonably well organized, others labeled ‘Random and Awesome’. Come and explore, we hope to see you there.”

Les Jones, OOOOODLES of NEAT STUFF, Toronto

We have oooodles of unique & unusual stuff, specializing in photographica, sport, transportation, antiquarian books and other intriguing ephemera. We are collectors and this is the only Antique Show where you’ll find us.

Portrait by Karsh, nude Stanhope, Bliss Carman personal photos & original notes, early sports photos.
Rare £500 1839 bank stock certificate.
Official posed photo to commemorate the first train crossing the Howe bridge at Caledonia. 9” x 11” Chromotype.c 1873
1920s MOVIES Advertising – hundreds of lantern slide preview promotions
Early daguerreotype by Clark, N. Brunswick

Wilfrid M. de Freitas, Bookseller, Montreal

Wilfrid and partner Susan Ravdin are veterans on the Canadian antiquarian book scene. Knowledgeable and professional, they have an excellent range of books and vintage ephemera.

Clive Rayner, The Whatnottery, Thornhill

Basically I will be bringing lots of pamphlets from the Galt, Hespeler, Kitchener area, also Knox Presbyterian local churches 30’s & 40’s. Catalogue of Galt Business College circa 1920, Life and other Mags. Post Cards Photos and other ephemera. Many books, some rare EG 2 volumes of Municipality of Metropolitan Toronto A History 1832 to 1923, with council list, sketches and photos. Reminiscences of the North West Rebellions by Major Bolton 1886. The Fox in Captivity, Ont Govt Bulletin 1933 and many other esoterica , commercial and otherwise. Prince Charles & Di children’s popup and paper doll books. I have been out of the market for some years and am eagerly looking forward to attending this book show. Whatnottery Antiques and Collectables was formed by my wife and I in 1988. We did many shows over the years with Gadsden Promotions, until health problems forced our withdrawal from the show circuit .

Jon Connolly, Authentic Memorabilia, Waterloo

Jon Connolly, first time at this show, is bringing a large and exceptional range of excellent vintage paper, well displayed on 3 tables.

  • Great selection of movie memorabilia, incl. Invasion of the Body Snatchers, Frankenstein, etc.
  • Unusual vintage photographs
  • Very nice selection of original fashion drawings, prints and pinups, incl. Vargas
  • Beatles memorabilia, James Bond paperbacks (50’s and 60’s), comic book horror art.

Much of this inventory came from estates of long-term collectors, many one-of-a-kind items.

Mark Tooth, Arca Enterprises, Toronto

A few highlights amongst the items we are bringing to October show:

For those interested in World War One, a rare publication created for the Canadian Corps Fall Championship Athletic Meet held in France Sept. 1917. As an aside, all games participants were eligible for the sprint finals held at Passchendaele. (26 Oct. – 10 Nov. 1917) We will also be offering a selection of postcards from World War One.

A collection of twenty-eight pamphlets, brochures and post cards for the Soviet booth at the 1958 World Expo held in Brussels. They cover themes such as technology, lifestyle and culture. An interesting mix for students of the USSR.

For rail enthusiasts, we have a group of twenty-four items related to Canadian Pacific. They include illustrations and photographs of trains, schedules and more ranging from the 1890s through the 1950s.

Finally, we will have hundreds of advertisements from then 1920s through the 1970s.

Drop by our table to see these items and much, much more!

David Lewis Sternfield, Media History MTL, Montreal

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.

-Many WILLIAM NOTMAN photos & Cdv Albums

– Hundreds of collectable stereographs, Real-Photo postcards, carte-de-visites and cabinet cards
– International military press photographs from 1940-60s
– A wide range of 20thcentury movie posters and film-still press photographs

Alexandre Antique Prints, Maps & Books, Toronto

“We are the leading Canadian Print and map seller for the past 35 years with a large collection of antiquarian maps and prints of different locations in Canada and around the World.”

Two beautiful Canadian travel posters:

  1.  Cunard Steamship Line – artist: James Henry Dowd
    Title: Cunard to Canada “We’re Off!”  c. 1920
  2. Canada Steamship Lines – artist: R. Couillard  / Title: “Cruise Through French Canada and the Saguenay in Quebec”  c. 1945

Marvin Post, Attic Books, London, ON

One of the busiest dealers in the business, Marvin pops up all over Ontario, and beyond, buying books and paper, giving expert appraisals, and selling from his vast inventory of ephemera and antiquarian books.

Gordon Beck, Infinity Books, Merrickville

Gordon makes the trek from eastern Ontario twice a year for the Old Book and Paper show. He has an extensive inventory of old and rare books, as well as some great vintage paper.  Two items sent this week:  An example from a collection of authentic Canadian Army world war II negatives and an autographed Jimmy
Ward photo post card of the Montreal Maroons.

Scott Hall, Cottage Country Collectibles, Toronto

“In addition to bringing a variety of exceptional cottage country ephemera, postcards and photos, we are excited to feature the following unique items:

  • Rare sample photo postcard album from the Hudson’s Bay store on Bear Island taken of Temagami and surrounding area by noted Northern Ontario photographer, Alex MacLean
  • Large 1920’s Algonquin Park wall map
  • 1950’s new old store stock glow-in-the-dark Halloween masks
  • Large early 1900’s The Globe newspaper advertising broadsides

These are just a few of the items we are bringing out for this show, so please stop by and see all the other documents, photos and ephemera we have uncovered since the Spring show.”

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 bringing.”

“I find much vintage print advertising to be the product of super talented illustrators. Colourful and decorative. Great for framing. But if you’re looking for something offbeat, you can find the solution for the dreadful “Toilet Tissue Disease”. This ailment was, of course, the figment of some ad man’s overwrought imagination. And don’t forget that “More Doctors Smoke Camels Than Any Other Brand”.

Robert Rankin and Shirley Collins, Hamilton

We offer a variety of ephemera, including advertising; antique and vintage photos; handwritten diaries, notebooks and ledgers, some in English and some in French; collectable books including Canadiana and children’s books.

Special Items:

1. Photograph of Giovanni’s Tailor Shop, Toronto, 1891.

2. Photograph of a theatre ensemble from Peterborough, Ontario, circa 1930.

3. Two volume autobiography of the Countess De La Motte, dated 1791. She was the subject of the Clint Eastwood movie The Affair of the Necklace.

4. Framed print of R.A.F Wellington bomber W5498 and crew, taken in 1941, along with the flight log of Pilot Officer J.W. McCarthy and a certificate detailing his incarceration in Stalag Luft 3.
The final entry in the log, dated September 7, 1941, indicates that the aircraft did not return from its mission.All crew members, except F/O McCarthy were killed. The man on the right had been unable to fly the mission and his replacement was killed.

5.  Stereoview – kids carving a jack o lantern, ca 1890


Post cards are a perennial favourite of collectors. Several prominent post card dealers open dozens of boxes of vintage cards at Wychwood.

Ron and Sheila Workman, St. Catharines
“We have thousands of old postcards including one of the largest stocks of Ontario cards. Many postcards have been added and we are expanding from two tables to three for the March and October shows in 2017.”

Marvin Post, Attic Books, London always has several boxes of cards.

Charles Vyvial, The Bookohunter, Montreal

Charles Vyvial, The Book Hunter. Fine antiquarian, collectible & illustrated books since 1994.  Sent details on 3 items coming to Wychwood.

Book 1: Muhammad Ali His Life and Times, SIGNED by Ali. First edition written by Thomas Hauser with the cooperation of Muhammad Ali.

Book 2: ASPEN MAGAZINE VOL 1 NO 3 ‘THE FAB ISSUE’, designed by Andy Warhol & David Dalton, Roaring Fork Press, N.Y., 1966

Book 3: The Holy Bible – Pictorial Family Bible – Self Pronouncing Edition, published by A.J. Holman, Philadelphia, circa 1922.

Patrick and Slade Kitchener, Kitchener Kollectables, Hamilton

PULPS PULPS & PULPS!! We have just recently acquired a huge collection of Vintage Pulp paperbacks from the 1940s-1960s. Litterally thousands of Science Fiction, Murder Mystery, Romance and MORE! Majority are first paperback editions and many great art covers! We also have the Pulp digest books with some great covers from the 1930-40s along with our regular real photo postcards, comic books and early photographs from various estates! If you are a collector of Pulps then this is definitely the show to go to this year, see you there!!

John Alexander, Alexander Arts, Toronto

“Get geared up for those taboo dinner conversations – sex, politics and religion.
In addition to our selection of vintage postcards and photographs, we will bringing a selection of books on sex, politicians and that “old tyme religion” – John Alexander

Michael Goble, Enniskillen, ON

Please find attached 3 pictures of great old paper that Michael is going to have at the Show.

  • The first is a 1936 General Motors Calendar depicting early broadcasting of NHL games.
  • The second is a sample of some of the sheet music he will have on hand. There will be hundreds more.
  • Third includes a 2 volume set of Toronto and York County circa 1885, Memoranda Mark Twain’s illegally published book printed in Canada circa 1871, missing 2 illustrations, Frolic Farm with excellent illustrations and World War 1 illustrated vol. 1916