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Popping Up Through Time…

A Brief History of Pop-Up Books

Lecture by Larry Rakow

DATE: Fri, November 3rd, 7:00pm

We’ll explore, in chronological order, the development of pop-up and movable children’s books from their earliest forms through current examples. Among the many titles that I’ll be bringing from my own collection include a rare Columbus Panorama from the Columbian Exposition of 1893 as well as publications featuring a variety of different movable mechanisms from European publisher Ernst Nister, 19th century master Lothar Meggendorfer, and American chromolithographers the McLoughlin Brothers. A “talking book” from the 1890’s with eight pages of chromolithographs of various animals that makes realistic animal sounds when a cord was pulled will also be included. Many collector issues will be addressed including: How Did Pop-Ups Develop? What Are the Various Types of Movable Books? What are the Various Mechanisms that Activate Pop-ups? Who Are the Principle Creators of Pop-Up Books? Which Ones Are Collectible?

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