Conservation of World’s Fair Pop-Up Books

    A set of four pop up books from the World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893 were recently treated in the book conservation lab.  The books are part of the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum Library World’s Fair materials. The World’s Columbian Exposition took place in Chicago in 1893 and these four books reveal four different views of the exposition.  The four books were in good condition for pop-up books.  The chromolithographic prints are more »

Christmas – on a little stage

What makes pop-ups pop?  

Artists’ Books at AA/PG-Kara Walker’s Pop-up

Many of the artists’ books in the Smithsonian American Art & Portrait Gallery Library’s collection tell stories—from personal struggles with addiction, to pictorial descriptions of how to create a human salad, to universal stories of historical conflicts, such as Kara Walker’s book “Freedom: A Fable.”

Paper Engineering Lecture Series Continues with … Bruce Foster

Who doesn’t love the magic of pop-ups? As the paper engineer/designer of nearly 40 pop-up books, most recently Harry Potter, The Pop-Up Book, Bruce gives an entertaining and informative presentation, utilizing movie clips, PowerPoint, show-and-tell and hands-on demonstrations to introduce audiences — young and young-at-heart alike, to the mysteries and science of movable books.

Have You Seen it Yet?

The Libraries exhibition, Paper Engineering: Fold, Pull, Pop & Turn is still on display in the National Museum of American History. Stop by and see some fabulous examples of pop-up and movable books, from the 1600s to today.

Featuring: The first Noël: a Christmas carousel

The first Noël, like many pop-up and movable books, was created to celebrate the holiday season.

Featuring: Vojtěch Kubašta

In the 1950s-1960s, Vojtěch Kubašta, an Austrian-born paper engineer and illustrator working in
Czechoslovakia, created a series of pop-up adventure and fantasy stories combining bold folk art style imagery, distinctive colors, and innovative cut and folded paper styles. Some of his large-scale constructions of this period include Marco Polo (1962), The tournament (1950s), and Ricky the Rabbit (1961).

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