Featuring a title from the Libraries' pop-up book collection and current exhibition, Paper Engineering: Fold, Pull, Pop & Turn.
Lothar Meggendorfer, a Munich graphic designer, illustrated and engineered more than two hundred pop-up and movable books. Beginning in the 1870s, he created a series of intricate and amusing illustrated pull-tab books, having developed a complex system of multiple levers that when manipulated caused figures to move at the same time on the page surface. 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.
—Stephen Van Dyk
Neue lebende Bilder: ein Ziehbilderbuch [New living pictures: A pull-picture-book]. Illustrations and paper engineering by Lothar Meggendorfer. Verlag von Braun & Schneider, c.1880.