Celebrate local history this weekend at the 26th annual Paper Americana Show. Held at the Singerly Fire Company each year on the last Saturday of January, this show attracts collectors, history buffs, as well as the intrigued Maryland citizen seeking a neat piece of ephemera. Over 30 local dealers will fill the hall with postcards, antique books, newspapers, printed art and other collectibles.

If you are interested in finding a neat piece of history from you hometown, school, industry or favorite local attraction, come on by! Thousands of items will be for sale, “something for everyone in any price range, starting at $1,” said Jeri Ayers. Ayers has spear-headed this firehouse fundraiser for years, watching it evolve from a focus mostly on postcards, to books, collectibles, and now prints of art featuring local history.

New this year, public will be able to purchase a replica print entitled, “Singerly’s Call to Alarm,” originally an oil painting by Gil Cohen. Cohen was commissioned in 1991 to create the painting to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Singerly Fire Company in 1992. The original oil painting hangs in the Singerly Fire Company Museum. In the painting you will see a wooden ladder truck, lost to fire some years ago, along with the “Arrow”. This Suction Engine arrived in Elkton in 1859, a product of The John Rodgers firm in Baltimore. Even though this seemingly ancient piece of equipment hasn’t been used to fight fires in over 100 years, the completely restored beauty can be fully appreciated and admired in the museum. The museum will be open to the public during the show on Saturday.

Prints measuring 24-by-36 inches will be sold for $25. Sales support the overall fundraising throughout the day.

Events such as this annual crowd-pleaser, along with favorites such as dinners, bingos, and general hall rentals help to fund purchases like the twin 2011 Engine Rescue trucks.

The same historic painting referenced above can be found in a commemorative decal on the doors of these rescue trucks. Equipped with 1,000 gallons of water and immeasurable feet of hose, this truck goes out to answer fire calls in the region.

Whether your reason to attend is admiring local artifacts, or purchasing a piece of history, come out to support your local volunteers and fire station. Refreshments will be for sale, provided by the Ladies Auxiliary.

If You Go:

What: Paper Americana Show - over 30 dealers featuring postcards, newspapers, antique books and other collectibles

Where: Singerly Fire Company, Route 213 and Route 279 in Elkton

When: Tomorrow, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Cost: $3 for adults, Free for children under age 12

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