On 10 July 2021, the ESA managed to hold the annual symposium. Ed Jewell pulled together a range of speakers an afternoon tea and four boxes of coasters and matchboxes for the taking thanks to Bill Millar. Jerry Bell on ‘The humble match’ knocked out the audience with a fascinating talk about the history of the match – how it evolved, manufacturers, and fashions – especially in colonial and 20th century Australia. The range and beauty of the covers were on display thanks to Ron Labbett and John Hall.
Michael Aitken showed parts of his marvellous indigenous images – rare and beautiful. Mike Bannenberg took us on a journey through the fragments of early beer advertising, posters and labels. He showed us how he recreates the original in its entirety and colour from diverse sources. We also saw how the breweries moved from showing off large premises to a personal appeal to the consumer.
The afternoon ended with a lively discussion about experiences and theories on how collectors should dispose of their collections. There was a fair variety of views- and interesting perspectives explained by Bev Wood, collector, and Tim White, book and ephemera seller. Was there a conclusion? Do it before you die.
Thanks to Edwin Jewell, Eloise Durrant, Debra Parry and Susannah Low.