For many people, it’s not hard to look upon a “paper show” with low expectations, and that is to their immense folly. The fact of the matter is that the Allentown Paper Show is surprisingly fun, and for anyone who has never been they soon discover just how much fun. This event is so popular that it is held not once, but three times a year: Spring, Summer, and Fall. And as if that were not enough, every festival opening has a line of anxiously awaiting patrons out the door! Clearly there is something going on here.
It’s a bit of a misnomer to call this a “paper” fair. While scrap-booking materials and fancy journals are fun in there own way, that’s not really what the Paper Show is about. The Paper Show is more of an event geared towards collectors. Dozens upon dozens of vendors display, haggle, trade, and sell collectibles and antiquities of the paper variety. That’s what makes this so fun. There’s actually a lot of really cool stuff here. Imagine old movie posters, vintage postcards, and rare magazines and books. There are even some fringe items such as antique toys and even collectible luggage tags.
There really is something for everyone to love. If you are a history buff, you’ll appreciate the rich cultural history, if you are an art buff, you’ll appreciate the amazing pieces on display. If you’re neither, then chances are you’ll still find something to love. That’s because the Paper Show is not so much a celebration of paper as a fiber, but paper as a medium in which we experience our cultural heritage. If that sounds heavy, it is. Twenty pound stock heavy. That’s why this show has three dates a year, and why every time there’s a line out the door.