A Day at a Massive Paper Collector Show in Allentown, PA

As you may have noticed, I have a fascination for vintage books, magazines, posters and ephemera. Not only there’s a unique quality in the tactile side of the printed word, but it’s curious to learn and compare the design and art direction aspect as well. If you are like me, then the yearly Allentown Paper Show in Allentown, PA is just for you. For over 50 years, the show has presented the finest in paper collectibles: rare books, antique postcards, advertising materials, movie and pop culture memorabilia, sports memorabilia, vintage photographs, comic books, and more.

The show takes place in the massive Allentown Agri-Plex warehouse
Some dealers organize paper collectibles in separate bins by topic (Travel, Architecture, Pop Culture, etc.)
A rare issue of Photoplay magazine featuring Marylin Monroe
A rare 1924 catalog of wool swatches for J.L. Taylor & Co. suite makers in original three-quarter green morocco, black cloth boards stamped in gilt with mounted cover illustration ($250)
A rare receipts bag used to collect receipts at the Palisades Amusement Park, once an exciting getaway destination for New Yorkers
A rare 1932 book containing collections of cigarette cards that are souvenirs of the zeppelin age
An oversized original 1960s advertising poster for Philips ($550)

Allentown Paper Show
October 1-2, 2022
302 N 17th St, Allentown, PA
Hours: 9 am to 5 pm
Admission $10 at the door

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