Featuring a title from the Libraries’ pop-up book collection and current exhibition, Paper Engineering: Fold, Pull, Pop & Turn. A perfect entry for Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead). The Dancing Skeletons Tunnel Book/Gran baile de Calaveras, un libro tύnel. Joan Sommers. Spanish translation by Valerie Shull. Chicago: Tunnel Vision Books, 2006.
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.
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.
Featuring a title from the Libraries’ pop-up book collection and current exhibition, Paper Engineering: Fold, Pull, Pop & Turn. Tony Sarg was a German-American puppeteer and illustrator who created designs more »
The fourth category of books included in the exhibit, “Fantastic Forms,” incorporates multiple construction types, which range from traditional mechanisms to ever-changing new innovations.
While the books are important as works of art, the design and engineering behind their construction is equally significant.
Due to the great popularity of Paper Engineering: Fold, Pull, Pop, and Turn, the page turners have already completed thousands of revolutions. They will, no doubt, continue to delight visitors for thousands more revolutions to come.