Ken Davis, Davis Military Books, Markham

First time showing at Wychwood, Ken Davis brings two tables of first class material in one of the hottest categories of collectibles.

“I have been collecting aviation and military books most of my life.  My collection covers World War 1 aviation as well as aviation, naval and military books covering World War 2. I have extensive reference material of Official Histories from Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and Canada. Most of my material is concentrated on the Mediterranean, Middle East, North African and Italian campaigns. Also in my collection are cap badges from both World Wars, aviator wings and photographs.

As well as the Official Histories, I will be bringing many biographies of key and lesser generals and leaders, unit histories and other interesting books.”

Alan Foljambe, Lexikon Books, Kingston

Lexikon Books will be offering a wide variety of antiquarian and decorative maps and prints,  including a Besler botanical print from 1613, a 1775 map of “River St. Laurence,” and a collection of beautiful antique chromolithographs by Auguste Racinet, published by Didot in Paris c. 1875.

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

Mary McGowan, The River Trading Company, Hamilton

“The River Trading Company is a used book store in Hamilton, with a carefully curated collection of fiction and non-fiction, as well as special collections such as Samurai sword-making and electric inter-urban trains.

I’ve included pics of 3 Stratford Festival posters, which we’ll be bringing to the sale.” – Mary McGowan

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.”

Steven Panet, Fastball Collectibles, Scarborough

I’m bringing some rare 1950′s and 60′s paper collectibles for the show.
I will be bringing lots more rare vintage rare sports and movie collectibles to the show as well. I will also be bringing some great 1950s and 60s comics books.
I have been enjoying this fun hobby now since 1975, buying and selling rare sports and movie collectibles with my dad.

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

Anne Dondertman, Grey Gallery, Owen Sound

Anne has a long association with rare books and vintage ephemera.  For many years  the Director of the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library at U of T, she recently retired to Owen Sound where she presides over the Grey Gallery.

“We specialize in illustrated ephemera in various subject areas including cookery and gardening, with a particular strength in pre-1914 chromolithographed pictorial postcards, and a focus on Canadian material.”

She sent details of a few of the items she is bringing to Wychwood:

Four pre-1914 chromolithographed birthday postcards, probably printed in Germany. Two blank on verso, and the other two with personal greetings, mailed from Creemore, and Sudbury, Ont. (see image)

A complete set (28 cards) of Nabisco Shredded Wheat Birds of Canada cards, illustrated by Canadian ornithologist T.M. Shortt with text by Stuart L. Thompson, intended to be coloured by children, ca.1950.

A beautifully illustrated 8 page folio size menu for the Old Mill restaurant in Toronto, dated August 9, 1968. This was a promotional item intended to be forwarded by diners to other prospective patrons, with the restaurant offering to take care of the mailing. (see image of menu)

An 1899 chromolithographed McLoughlin Bros ABC reader.

Justin D. Wood Rare Books, Toronto

A first-time dealer at Wychwood, Justin is one of the young, up-and-comers in the Toronto antiquarian book business.

Justin sent this note:  “Things I will likely be bringing:

1 – Signed first editions with an emphasis on Canadian literature

2 – Many out of print Folio Society books in all subjects

3 – Decorative bindings mostly from the early 1900s with illustrators such as Arthur Rackham and Edmund Dulac”

See you then!

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 have expanded from two tables to three for the March and October shows in 2018.”

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

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