Techniques in exhibiting postal history
By: Ed Epstein

Sep 1 , 2000

September2000page2Our September seminar leader was Edward Epstein, who discussed page design for both one’s own album and for exhibition purposes.  His background as an artist and art teacher lent weight to his observations, which were well received by those who attended.  To illustrate his principles he passed out two sheets (six pages), which are enclosed along with six color pages of some other materials that he showed up that illustrate other presentation points.

Epstein noted one should house one’s collection: a) so that items don’t get misplaced and b) as though ready for showing to visitors for maximum enjoyment and understanding.  He recommended minimum text in telegraphic style broken into text blocks of no more than 3-4 lines that alternate on the page with the material.  There should be artistic balance between ‘light’ and ‘heavy’ pages (weight consisting of amount of write-up or number of covers per page) to break monotony. E.G. if one uses heavy, light, light, heavy in one row in exhibition the next should vary such as light, heavy, heavy light.  September2000page1Other variations might be light, heavy, light, heavy alternation with heavy, light, heavy, light.  Also recommended was the use of photocopy reductions of important elements on the back or tracings of hard-to-read or lightly struck postal markings.  He noted that, in regard to legal covers, they need to read so that the address is on the left.  Floor discussion brought out that you could also do this by having the top of the cover at upper right and running down to lower left.  Blocks of text can be below or split.