Christmas – on a little stage

December 26, 2013

What makes pop-ups pop?  

New on Galaxy of Images … Wonderful Watercolors

Here are some wonderful watercolors, just added to the Libraries’ Galaxy of Images, from the Anthropology Library.

Happy St. Nicholas Day

Apparently the man we have come to call Santa was also, according to Wikipedia, “the patron saint of sailors, merchants, archers, thieves, children, and students.”

Featuring: Animal life in fact, fancy and fun

As we can see in Animal life in fact, fancy and fun, Giraud was a master at creating colorful animal figures that pop-up and can be viewed from multiple angles when the page is opened.

Featuring: Robot

Robot is a wonderful example of a multi-action pop-up/movable book where each illustrated, brightly colored page includes flaps, pull-tabs, and other mechanisms.

Featuring: Neue lebende Bilder: ein Ziehbilderbuch

Neue lebende Bilder: ein Ziehbilderbuch, like many of his living pictures series of this time, consists of a series of familiar yet amusing figures that move when the pull tab is pulled. A girl draws water from a well, a painter a portrait on an easel, women wash clothes, a musician plays a cello, a butcher chops meat, and a dog is taught a new trick.

Featuring: Cinderella, or The Little Glass Slipper

In the 1850s, Dean created their “New Scenic Books” series of which Cinderella, or The Little Glass Slipper is an example. As the story is being read, cut-paper illustrated forms connected by ribbon are unfolded giving the appearance that they are popping up from the page surface. This work contains several such pop-up stage set illustrations that dramatically enhance this well-known fairy tale.

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