Twice a year, book and paper enthusiasts of all kinds come together in
Lansing to search through books, postcards, magazines, posters and more.
If it’s on paper you’re likely to find it at the Michigan Antiquarian
Book & Paper Show.
massive hunt for hidden treasure is happening again on Sunday, April 3,
at the Lansing Center in downtown Lansing. From 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
over 70 dealers from across the country will be offering for sale an
incredible number of items in nearly every category.
the show you will find first editions, unusual and out-of-print books,
rare and miniature books, postcards, maps, advertising items, photos,
old sports material, autographs, military items, ephemera and more.
a mind-boggling experience, as Bill Triola of Lansing said. “Like
walking through the Library of Congress ...” Unlike the Library of
Congress, you have the opportunity (for anywhere from 50 cents to
$5,000) to take a piece of that history home with you.
stroll through history, for young and old alike, has some items dating
back just a few years and some centuries. It is a wonderful opportunity
for everyone from beginning collectors to die-hard history buffs.
you’re seeking a book from childhood or a favorite poet, a historical
map or a Civil War newspaper, a 1950’s auto brochure or a classic movie
poster – this is definitely the place to go.
from attendees, some traveling hundreds of miles, include “Love coming
to this show!” and it’s a “semi-annual ‘religious’ pilgrimage”.
features include plenty of seating and live music, featuring Dan Kuczek
on acoustic guitar. The Lansing Center supplies concessions, making it
easy to spend all day there.
Admission is $4.50 per person; kids 13 and under get in for free.
By Bill Castanier
Wally Jung is a
deltiologist – an expert in postcards – and he will once again be
bringing these skills to the Michigan Antiquarian Book and Paper Show.
The Lansing resident has been collecting postcards since his mother threw away his baseball cards in the 1950’s.
as “The Postcard Man”, Jung said he became a dealer by accident after
attending one of the first antiquarian book and paper shows, when it was
still being held at the Lansing Civic Center, over 25 years ago.
Jung currently has an inventory of about 110,000 postcards. He will be bringing his best and most interesting cards to the show.
Recent acquisitions include several thousand postcards depicting Michigan Main Streets, Santa Claus, depots and lighthouses.
said that postcards, like any other collectibles, have their ups and
down in the marketplace, with certain categories waning while others
collect for the scenes, some for the postmarks, others for the cultural
history depicted in the messages… Real photo postcards are still in
said that real photo postcards, ones created by a photographic process
rather than printing, are highly sought after because they were
produced in much smaller quantities.
noted that postcards depicting roadside Americana and highways such as
the West Michigan Pike, Route 66 and Route 30 are also popular.
were first used in this country in 1873, but the manufacture and sale
was restricted to the postal service. The first souvenir postcard was
for Chicago’s 1893 Columbian Exposition.
1898 postcards were being produced commercially, but it took nearly
another 10 years before messages could be written on the reverse side.
By 1908, more than 677 million postcards were being mailed each year.
Rapids librarian and author M. Christine Byron has used Jung’s
resources to illustrate three books she has written on Northern Michigan
personally collects postcards showing Michigan Main Streets and those
from Benton Harbor’s House of David religious group and commune of the
recently sold a rare postcard depicting Ernest Hemingway’s “Windemere”
at Walloon Lake. On the reverse side was a photo of three Hemingway
Postcards at the show will vary in price from 25 cents for unsorted cards to several hundred dollars for exceedingly rare cards.
Frequently asked questions
How can you tell if it’s a first edition? It
varies from book to book and publisher to publisher. It becomes
complex. That’s part of the challenge. Sometimes there are minor
typographical changes that are caught and corrected. The
serious collector doesn’t want the fixed version, he or she wants the
original. There are price guides that people use to determine the value.
What is ephemera? Ephemera
is a term used to embrace a wide range of minor, everyday documents,
most intended for one-time or short-term use, including trade cards,
broadsides, posters, car brochures, tickets, bookmarks, photographs –
and the list goes on.
When, where & what?
When? 9:30 a.m. - 5
p.m., Sunday, April 3 Where? Lansing Center, 333 E. Michigan Ave.,
Lansing Admission: $4.50; kids 13 and younger get in free
What? This show is one of the biggest book and paper shows in the country and is the largest in the Midwest.
books will you find? The “book” part includes antiquarian, rare,
collectible and out-of-print volumes, presented by the best authorities
in their fields.
Children’s and nostalgia . Literary and modern first editions . Fine
bindings, private press . Michigan History and Americana . Color plate
and illustrated books . Science and technology . Art and music . Natural
history, hunting and fishing . Civil War and military history . Mystery
and true crime . Science fiction, fantasy and horror . Sports . Vintage
What paper will you find? The “paper” part includes exceptional paper dealers with specialties in diverse categories.
Postcards, trade cards . Prints and maps . Photographs and stereoviews.
Paper dolls, valentines . Vintage advertising, labels, letterheads .
Historic documents, autographs . Broadsides, newspapers and stock
certificates . Travel, war and movie posters . Calendars and catalogs .
Ephemera and pamphlets . Magazines and pulps . Automobile brochures .
Sports programs and tickets . Railroad timetables .
There is no “early bird special.” Give yourself plenty of time. For more info, call 332-0112.
List of Exhibiting Dealers
are marked with a &. Please take the time to fill out our customer
comment cards which can be found in the concession area.
Lost & Found. Please turn in or report any items to the Information Booth. After the show, call (517) 332-0123.
Booth 307 East Grand River, East Lansing, MI 48823. (517) 332-0123.
firstname.lastname@example.org www.curiousbooks.com MMABDA Reference Materials,
Supplies ... Across from entrance ...
Books 29844 Wagner, Warren, MI 48093. (586) 578-0900.
email@example.com www.AcornBooksinMI.com Jim Deak GS, Child, MI,
Lit ... 24 ...
Books 654 Earliglow Lane, Haslett, MI 48840. (517) 339-0520.
firstname.lastname@example.org Janet O’Brien Child/Juv, MI, Cook, Ephem ... 28 ...
Books P.O. Box 413 Haslett MI 48840 (517) 339-9199
email@example.com Annie Everett GS, Cook, Child, MI, Ephem ... 13
Shop 519 W. Grand River Ave. East Lansing MI 48823 (517) 332-8444
firstname.lastname@example.org Listing on www.abebooks.com Ray Walsh GS, MI,
Fine Bind, Photos, Trade Cards, Ephem ... 38 ...
Bindery 7300 W. Joy Rd. Dexter MI 48130 (734) 996-9696
email@example.com www.bessenberg.com Jon Buller, mgr Bookbinding,
Repair, Boxes, One-Of-A-Kind Bindings, Leather Binding ... 30 ...
Books 4672 Angyle Drive Troy MI 48085 (248) 930-8110
phil@BirchwoodBooks.com www.birchwoodbooks.com Phil & Maureen
Rosette Child/Juv, MI, Fic, Nancy Drew, Edgar Rice Burroughs ... 26 ...
Used Books (ABAA) 2907 N. Broadway Chicago IL 60657 (773) 404-8780
firstname.lastname@example.org www.bookleggers.com Lawrence VanDeCarr GS, Lit,
Mys, SF, Rare ... 36 ...
of the Ages 4764 Silverwood Dr. Batavia OH 45103 (513) 732-3456
email@example.com Gary Overmann Tasha Tudor, Series, Pop
Ups, Award Winners ... 1 ...
Bookworks 315 W. Gorham Madison WI 53703 (608) 255-4848 firstname.lastname@example.org Peter Dast GS, Hist, Lit/Fic ... 55 ... &
Postcards 534 Glendale Circle Ann Arbor MI 48103-4177 (734) 417-2608
email@example.com Doug Aikenhead Specializing in Real Photo PC ...
Books & Ephemera 11196 W. Clear Lake Branch MI 49402 (231) 898-2286
firstname.lastname@example.org Roger D. Jones GS, Sci/Mech, Milit, Nat, Hunt, Fish
... 11 ...
S. Brooks, Bookseller P.O. Box 145 Bristol WI 53104-9998 (847) 867-7273
email@example.com Robert S. Brooks GS, MI ... 47 ...
Books 8058 Stone Bridge Rd. Greencastle PA 17225-9786 (717) 597-5657
firstname.lastname@example.org buckinghambooks.com Lew Buckingham Western
Amer, Mys/Det Fic, Espionage, Trans, Ephem ... 23 ...
Burk - Antiques & Books 734 N. Stewart Freemont MI 49412 (231)
924-3494 email@example.com Paul Burk GS, Childrens, PC ... 52
Archives 519 W. Grand River Ave. East Lansing MI 48823 (517) 332-8444
firstname.lastname@example.org Listing on www.abebooks.com Ray Walsh Real
Photo, PC, Stereoviews ... 37 ...
2820 Page Ave. Ann Arbor MI 48104 (517) 896-3344 email@example.com
www.castbooks.com Ben Castanier MI, Milit, Lit/Fic, Art, Arch, Sgnd 1sts
... 50 ...
20th Century Childrens Books 9880 Fairmount Rd. Newbury OH 44065 (440)
338-3253 Fax (440) 338-1675 firstname.lastname@example.org Jane/Bill McCullam
Child from 1933 to present ... 65 ... &
Choice 24153 N. Dixie Hwy. Perrysburg OH 43551 (419) 872-2758
email@example.com Ronald & Ruth Euton GS, Juv, Milit, Cook, Fic,
Ephem ... 67 ...
Book Shop 307 E. Grand River Ave. East Lansing MI 48823 (517) 332-0112
firstname.lastname@example.org www.curiousbooks.com Ray Walsh; Mark Wojcik,
mgr. GS, MI, SF, Illus, Child, Pulps, Mags, Comics ... 14 ...
Sports & Entertainment 307 E. Grand River Ave. East Lansing MI
48823 (517) 332-0112 email@example.com Ray Walsh; Mark Wojcik,
mgr Movie Posters, Lobby Cards, Stills ... 19 ...
James C. Dast, Bookseller 217 Shepard Terrace Madison WI 53705-3615 (608) 238-3065 James C. Dast Science, Mechanics ... 56 ...
Used Cards 9114 Warner Rd. Haslett MI 48840-0584 (517) 927-1665
firstname.lastname@example.org David Jaeger Maps, Misc Paper, PC ... 9 ...
M. de Freitas - Bookseller P.O. Box 883, Stock Exchange Tower Montreal,
Qc CAN H4Z 1K2 (514) 935-9581 email@example.com
www.defreitasbooks.com Wilfrid M. de Freitas Lit/Fic, Art & Arch,
Travel & Exploration ... 25 ...
Books 1704 S. Noble Ave. Springfield IL 62704 (217) 726-8569
firstname.lastname@example.org Michael Brophy GS, Fic, Lit, Nat, Hunt, Fish ...
Aeronautica P.O. Box 2003 Midland MI 48641-2003 (989) 835-3908
email@example.com Thomas Kullgren Milit, Trans, Aviation, Ephem, PC
... 8 ...
Antiques 47 Union SE Grand Rapids MI 49503 (616) 308-1299
firstname.lastname@example.org David Eppelheimer GS, Child, Lit/Fic, Silk Fringed
Cards, 19th & 20th Cent Valentines, Other Holidays ... 12 ... &
England, Books & Ephemera Hillsdale Community Books 100 S. West
Street Hillsdale MI 49242 (517) 398-6030 email@example.com Aimee
England GS, Paper, Ephem ... 15 ...
Larry Falater P.O. Box 81 Allen MI 49227 (888) FALATER Lawrence Falater MI, Paper Money, Stocks & Bonds, PC ... 58 ...
Fine Books Company (ABAA) 781 E. Snell Road Rochester MI 48306-2144
(248) 651-8799 firstname.lastname@example.org finebooks.home.comcast.net David &
Nancy Aronovitz GS, Mys/Det, SF, 1sts ... 27 ...
Books 13958 Oakland Place Minnetonka MN 55305 (612) 817-8993
email@example.com Mark S. Larson 1sts, Lit, Fic ... 51 ...
Folio 1206 Brentwood Paris TN 38242-3809 (731) 644-9940
firstname.lastname@example.org www.first-folio.com Dennis Melhouse GS, Fine
Bind, Illust, Rare Bks ... 35 ...
Books Inc. 1021 Glenn Rd. Toledo OH 43607 (419) 531-8101
email@example.com www.frogtownbooks.com Pete Baughman Child, Lit,
Fic, photos, Autographs ... 66 ...
Sam Gatteno Books 542 Lakeland Grosse Pointe MI 48230 (313) 885-2254 firstname.lastname@example.org Sam Gatteno GS ... 41 ...
C. Goetz, Antiquarian Books 6615 Greenwood Rd. Petosky MI 49770 (231)
439-9416 Thatcher C. Goetz MI, Great Lakes, Hist ... 49 ...
M. Gram 206 Military Street Port Huron MI 48060 (810) 334-2824
email@example.com John M. Gram GS, MI, Milit, Hist, PC ... 46 ...
HER and HIStory Collection 18 Gunia Ave. Peru IL 61354 (815) 220-1305
firstname.lastname@example.org theherandhistorycollection.com James
Bennett Child, Milit, Hist, Hunt, Fish, Ephem, Trade Cards ... 6 ...
On History 350 W. Kensington Road, Suite #108 Mt. Prospect IL
60056-1141 (847) 255-9854 email@example.com www.hookedonhistory.com
Bruce R. Herrick Milit, Hist ... 22 ...
Books 280 E. Riley Rd. Owosso MI 48867 (989) 723-5586
firstname.lastname@example.org Jim VanPelt GS, MI, Hunt, Paper, Ephem, PC ... 4 ...
Books & Collectibles 200 N. Fourth Ave. Ann Arbor MI 48104 (734)
995-9887 email@example.com Jeffrey Pickell GS, Child/Juv,
Rock Memorabilia, Pop Culture, Ephem, PC ... 60 ...
Anne Kouyoumdjian Miniature Books P.O. Box 111 Columbia City IN
46725-0111 (260) 503-9567 firstname.lastname@example.org Carol A. Kouyoumdjian GS,
Miniature Bks, Child, Cook, Trade Cards ... 2 ...
Kitchen Table 216 W. Second North Laingsburg MI 48848 (517) 651-5481
Lennieskitchen@aol.com Eileen Moore GS, Unusual Paper & Ephemera ...
Leona Lentz P.O. Box 506 Delton MI 49046 (269) 623-2960 email@example.com Leona Lentz Postcards, Philatelic Covers ... 68 ...
Button Rose & Bruces Bookshelf 614 Bower St. Elkhart IN 46514-2655
(616) 481-0671 firstname.lastname@example.org Mary & Bruce Ritsema
GS, Child, Lit, Alcott, Hemingway, US Vint Postage Stamps ... 39 ...
Antiques P.O. Box 232 West Branch MI 48661 (989) 343-0347
email@example.com www.upnorthmi.com M. L. Lockhart GS, MI, Lit/Fic,
Paper ... 32 ...
Books 2311 Fort St. Lincoln Park MI 48146-2420 (313) 928-7177
firstname.lastname@example.org www.abebooks.com/home/ maginabk Steve Magina GS,
Milit, Cook, Tran ... 53 ...
Books 21978 Greentree Novi MI 48375 (248) 231-7430
email@example.com www.mccormickbooks.com Janet Blackhawk GS,
MI/Great Lakes, Child ... 43 ...
S. McDonald Books 8168 Grand River Ave. Saranac MI 48881 (616)
862-7155 Gregory S. McDonald Lit/Fic, Paper, PC ... 64 ...
Books 65 Prospect Ave. Dayton OH 45415-2233 (937) 898-6667
firstname.lastname@example.org Barbara A. Clifford GS, Child, Hist, Art, Ephem, Trade
Cards, PC ... 62 ...
Modern Age Books East Lansing MI 48826 email@example.com ... 71 ...
Books 21978 Greentree Novi MI 48375 (313) 300-8626 firstname.lastname@example.org
Listing on www.abebooks.com Evan C. Blackhawk GS, Child, MI, Great Lakes
... 44 ...
Heritage Antiques 61 Smith Lane Marquette MI 49855 (906) 250-9002
email@example.com Marcie J. DePlonty GS, MI, Photos, Victoriana, Sht
Mus, Ephem, Trade Cards, PC ... 21 ...
Books 4500 North Kelso North Adams MI 49262 (517) 287-9018
firstname.lastname@example.org listing on ABE Michael J. Gajda GS, Paper, Ephem,
PC ... 18 ...
Books 117 Danville Pike Hillsboro OH 45133 (937) 840-0991
email@example.com www.pagebooks.net Maggie Page Child, Juv, Fine
Illustrations ... 61 ...
Americana 6280 W. Polk Rd. Alma MI 48801 (989) 463-5896
firstname.lastname@example.org www.paperamericana.net John Kemler Trade Cards,
Paper, Ephem, PC ... 29 ...
Tales Books P.O. Box 1691 Arlington Hgts IL 60006 (847) 253-1472
email@example.com www.plaintalesbooks.com Tom Zimmerman GS, Cook,
Typography, Printing ... 45 ...
Wally 417 Meade Dr. Lansing MI 48917-9676 (517) 230-0734
firstname.lastname@example.org midwestpostcards.net Wally Jung PC ... 31 ...
Bookshelf 689 25th St. Otsego MI 49078 (269) 673-8058
email@example.com Carroll & Charlotte Busk GS, Child/Juv, Lit,
Art, Arch ... 48 ...
Books 14932 Kercheval Grosse Pointe Park MI 48230 (313) 824-0816
firstname.lastname@example.org www.shawsbooks.net Henry Zuchowski MI, Trans,
Fine Bind, Ephem ... 17 ...
Fine Books 302 W. Green St. Hastings MI 49058 (269) 948-1990
email@example.com Julie Moore GS, Child, MI, Nat, Hunt, Fish, Cook
... 5 ...
Tanner 2958 Wedgewood Drive Ft. Gratiot MI 48059 (810) 385-6191
firstname.lastname@example.org Fred Tanner Great Lakes, Milit, Hist, Hunt, Fish,
Ephem, Paper, PC ... 34 ...
Old Book 9525 Lexington Ave. Brookfield IL 60513 (708) 997-3837
email@example.com Matt Meyer GS, Child, Milit ... 16 ...
Objects As Art 1114 E. Mt. Hope Lansing MI 48910 (517) 449-0246
firstname.lastname@example.org Bill Triola MI, Milit, Child, Trade Cards, Paper, PC ...
Books 98 N. Broad St. Hillsdale MI 49242 (517) 437-2228
email@example.com www.volume1books.com Richard Wunsch GS, Politics:
Left & Right, Labor Hist, Photos, Ephem ... 70 ...
& Susans (Old Barn) Antiques 2513 Nelson Rd. Traverse City MI
49686-8557 (231) 223-7386 firstname.lastname@example.org www.waltsoldbarn.com
email@example.com Walt & Susan Feiger GS, Child, MI/Great Lakes,
Nat/Hunt/Fish ... 59 ... &
Brenda & Carl Walters Books P.O. Box 276 Concord MI 49237 (517) 937-3332 Carl & Brenda Walters Ephem, PC ... 33 ...
Side Book Shop (ABAA) 113 W. Liberty Ann Arbor MI 48104 (734) 995-1891
firstname.lastname@example.org Jay Platt GS, MI, Travel & Exploration ... 40 ...
L. White Books N-10311 Shore Drive Au Train MI 49806 (906) 343-6778
email@example.com David L. White GS, MI, Child, James Oliver Curwood
... 3 ...
Raven Books P.O. Box 980469 Ypsilanti MI 48198-0469 (734) 485-3770
firstname.lastname@example.org C. Hedger Breed GS, Scarce, Rare, Obscure
Material ... 20 ...
Wisney - Books & Ephemera Box 5 Rosebush MI 48878 (989) 433-2119
email@example.com www.abebooks.com/home/ bookladysen Pat &
Bill Wisney GS, MI, Great Lakes, Ephem ... 7 ...
Books 3868 Turner Rd. Richmond IN 47374 (765) 966-3056
firstname.lastname@example.org Bob & Becky Scott GS, Paper, Ephem ... 63 ...
you plan on visiting an exhibitor after the show we strongly recommend
that you call ahead. Some have open hours; others sell only by
appointment or over the internet.
Tips for first-timers
. Make a list of what you have or what you’re looking for.
. You can pick up an exhibitor listing by subject and by booth number at the Information Booth.
. Compare prices, but don’t expect it to be there later. The time to buy a collectible book is when you see it!
. There are price guides, reference books and supplies for sale at the Information Booth.
. Some dealers may negotiate. You’ll have better luck if you’re polite and smile.
. If you’re looking for something and can’t find it, ask a dealer.
Security n Bags must be stapled shut. Please be sure you have the receipt.
.n If you have several packages, the Information Booth can check them for you, consolidate them for you, or both.
Bringing items for sale into the exhibitor hall is strongly
discouraged. It’s better to make an appointment with a dealer outside of
. If you must bring something in, notify the security guard at the entrance and arrangements will be made.
Door prizes n Five door prizes ($20 gift certificates) are awarded throughout the day.
. The gift certificates may be used at the show.
. Enter to win at the Information Booth!
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