I'm thinking of making a "bencher museum". I'd like to gather some ideas from our readership for this project.
I have a selection of old benchers from the 60's as well as a larger assortment of more current benchers (2000 - 2010's.) I noticed that the style and content of benchers has changed drastically. They've gotten bigger and more colorful, and, there is a larger variety of publishers and designers.
I'm having some trouble finding online resources on the "history" of benchers. I sense that there were some factors among the religious community that felt that benchers shouldn't be just for Birkat Hamazon and Kiddush, but eventually included zemirot, sometimes tefillot and a few other items. And, now, it seems that all the wedding benchers have to have an artistic logo - which wasn't done years ago.
Can anyone suggest some resources on where / how I can locate something that explains this history as well as if you know any store or person that sells such old benchers in NYC metro area?