Many of us throw away our Christmas cards after the festivities are over but this little Victorian card embossed with a dragonfly was surely one to keep. Priced at around £5 by dealer The Scrap Album, it is typical of the type of piece to be found at the upcoming Ephemera Fair in London on December 3.

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The society’s new boss is Dickon Weir-Hughes whose background is in healthcare and who is a permanent resident of France. Weir-Hughes is a regular contributor to the society’s quarterly magazine The Ephemerist where he writes articles on collecting airline ephemera.

Dealer Jackson-Harris, who remembers visiting auctions with her antiques dealer father when ephemera was considered to have no value, joined the society in 1976, just a year after it was founded by seven enthusiastic ephemera collectors including her late husband Peter Jackson.

The first ‘ephemera bazaar’, a fair held in a church hall in London, took place in London in 1976 and is now an established presence on the London fairs’ scene running every spring and winter at the Holiday Inn in Coram Street in Bloomsbury. The next is on Sunday December 3 where prices range from £2-2000.

Offering his thanks to Jackson-Harris, society committee member Malcolm Warrington said: “We are grateful to Valerie for her many years of dedicated service and in particular her enthusiastic championship of the ephemera fairs, the backbone of the society’s activities, for over 40 years.”