Important shows coming in October

This issue of Barr’s has a wonderful assortment of feature stories that can transport readers to interesting locations and situations.

Take a trip to yesteryear along the Mighty Mississippi in this issue. John Sayer’s interesting story and wonderful pictures paint a romantic picture of the country’s longest river. My husband has always wanted to take a steamboat tour along the Mississippi, and now that he is retiring at the end of this month, we may be planning that trip.

All along the river that became famous almost since its discovery in 1541 by Hernando de Soto, various cities are pictured along with activities that take place on a daily basis. The river has been immortalized in books and songs. Who can forget, “Old Man River?” or “Proud Mary?” The Mississippi River spans some 2,320 miles and passes through a total of 10 states. It is the fourth longest river in the world.

Also in this issue is a visual trip to Peru, provided by Matthew Anish as well as a look at American politics –on postcards, of course. Susan Nicholson’s wonderful assortment of vintage postcards date to the early years and show the developing of the Republican and Democratic parties in the U.S. as well as some famous past presidents and other political figures.  

In other ephemera news, I watched an episode of “Antiques Roadshow” that was from New York in their 19th season, which means it was a rerun. On that show a lady brought an archive featuring Boston baseball players from 1871 (the year of the great Chicago fire). Her ancestors had operated a boarding house that had some pretty famous ball players from the earliest days of baseball. A letter signed by many of the players included such signatures as Harry Wright and Albert Spalding. Spalding was the first player to use a fielding glove, and went on to found a sporting goods empire that endures to this day. The entire archive –including the letter and several early baseball cards was valued at $1 million for insurance purposes. That’s an impressive amount of money and the lady who owns the set was flabbergasted at such a high estimate!

Maybe that special piece of ephemera or a rare postcard is hiding at an upcoming paper show. Here’s some upcoming events to fill your time and help your search.

The Greater Dallas Postcard and Paper Show is Oct. 12 and Oct. 13 (Friday and Saturday). The auction, sponsored by Jim Taylor and Courthouse Square Antique Cards, takes place Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Early birds can arrive at 9 a.m. on Friday at the Comfort Inn and Suites, Plano East at 700 Central Parkway East in Plano, Texas. More information about this show is with Jim Taylor at; or at 1-(888) 451-0340.

The Springfield Missouri Postcard and Paper Show is October 27 and October 28 (Saturday and Sunday). Hours for this show are Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Empire Fairgrounds. More information about this show is also with Jim Taylor at; or at 1-(888) 451-0340.

An auction of posters (#76) is Sunday, October 28th, by Poster Auctions International (PAI), online and at the gallery in New York City. Headlining the sale will be a collection of over 50 rare, original propaganda posters that include examples from World Wars I and II, the inter-war period, the beginnings of the Cold War, the Cuban Revolution and more. The auction overall will feature 475 lots, to include lithographs, maquettes, oil paintings, illustrations and rare books; the estimates range from $500 to $350,000. If you need additional information about this auction, you may call David Schneider at (212) 787-4000; or, you can e-mail him at

Have a wonderful couple of weeks at shows and sales. Please notify us with club and convention news; unusual postcard or ephemera collections; and other related matters at; or at (319) 472-4763.