following information will be of use to individuals wishing
to purchase vintage WW II posters and military literature
or to determine the value of posters and memorabilia they
already own. The information has been compiled from answers
to e-mail questions sent to various rare book dealer and librarian
discussion groups. Northwestern University has no affiliation
with any of the organizations mentioned on this page.
or Appraising Vintage Posters
are a great many books describing and listing estimated prices
for ephemera. The following may be of use:
Tony. The Official Identification and Price Guide to
Posters. New York: House of Collectibles, 1990.
Norman and Harry Rinker. Warman's Paper. Radnor,
Pa. : Wallace-Homestead Book Co., 1994.
George. American Posters of World War I: A Price Collectors
Guide. New York : Dafran House, 1973
Susan. Prints, posters and Photographs: Identification
and Price Guide.New York : Avon Books, 1993.
Susan and Kathryn Acebo (eds.). Leonard's Annual Price
Guide of Prints, Posters and Photographs.
you wish to buy an original poster or if you have a collection
the value of which you wish to determine, you should contact
a specialist dealer. Remember that if you are inquiring about
value, the dealer may have to spend some time researching
the material and some may charge for the service.
and Military Ephemera Dealers
links and lists are by no means exhaustive.
Paper & Ephemera X-change and Paper Collectors' Marketplace
to dealers of posters and military ephemera]
David Pollack Vintage Posters
207 Rte 37 South
Sherman, CT 06784
New Freedom, PA 17349
Military Posters [original, vintage]
P.O. Box 477, Gracie Station
New York, NY 10028 USA
Phone: (212) 734-5683
Image Archive [World War II poster reproductions]
P.O. Box 31328
Honolulu, Hawaii 96820
Archives [features World War I & II poster reproductions]
5648 Walnut Ave Suite #1B
Downers Grove, IL 60516
Posters [authentic World War I & II posters dealer; site
includes many poster images]
Gary Borkan, Box 870, Melrose, MA 02176
For questions email Garyborkan@aol.com or call (781) 662-5757 (9AM-8PM EST).
and Rare Book Dealers
few book dealers handle military posters and other printed
ephemera, most are a wealth of information and those who specialize
in military literature probably know someone who does. The
following approaches should lead to something:
a good local used and rare book dealer in your area. If
they cannot help you, ask if there is a directory of local
booksellers. Dealers often belong to a regional association
which puts out a subject guide to members. There should
be a military specialist in your area.
your local library for one of the numerous guides and directories
of used and antiquarian book dealers. There may also be
guides to antique ephemera and collectibles dealers.
Americans) Contact the Antiquarian Booksellers' Association
of North America or go to their web page at http://abaa.org/.
While most of the dealers handle more high end material,
they are a knowledgeable group and one of your local members
may lead you to someone able to sell you material or to
appraise what you own.
a request to a book dealer e-mail listserv or bulletin board,
such as the
ABAA Discussion Board. Another remarkably rich source
is Steve Trussel's Books and Book Collecting site at http://www.trussel.com/f_books.htm.
Page 2 of his used books section lists a variety of web
resources including discussion lists.
some of the major used book sale sites where dealers list
their inventory in one big database. Some of the sites referred
to above will link you to the major ones.
remember: If you choose
to enlist the help of book and ephemera dealers but you're
not interested in buying anything, they are doing you a favor.
At Northwestern, we are paid to assist users of our collection.
Dealers are not but they frequently share information as a
service to the public.