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Friday, July 31, 2015

The Vintage Paper Fair Returns This Weekend

Posted By on Fri, Jul 31, 2015 at 12:00 PM

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Like Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine or Dr. McGillicuddy’s Root Beer, Hal Lutsky’s Vintage Paper Fair is a wonderful cultural institution named for a person with a unique-sounding name. And it’s coming back to the Hall of Flowers this weekend (Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 1-2), rewarding the photography equivalent of a beachcomber with bizarre, hilarious finds. And it’s free!

We couldn't love Urban Air Market or the Maker Faire any harder, but fans of philately from the days before ZIP codes know that this is San Francisco’s no. 1 destination for random curios from the pre-digital era. Bring a bag and a large envelope stuffed with patience, keep an eye out for Greetings from [Insert Name of Place That No Longer Exists] memorabilia, and definitely hit up Stuff’s table.

Nothing beats the slightly intrusive feeling of rummaging through some long-gone person’s treasured effects to find something that was probably stuck to the side of an icebox: Martha writing to Hilda about riding the Mt. Washington cog railway, and Francis complaining to Henry about the food in wartime London. God, did people have spidery handwriting back in the ’40s.

Hal Lutsky’s Vintage Paper Fair, Saturday, Aug. 1, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., and Sunday, Aug. 2, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., at the Hall of Flowers, Ninth and Lincoln Aves., Golden Gate Park, 415-531-0553.

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Peter Lawrence Kane

Peter Lawrence Kane is SF Weekly's Arts Editor. He has lived in San Francisco since 2008 and is two-thirds the way toward his goal of visiting all 59 national parks.


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