Christmas Countdown: 22 More Sleeps!

I have no idea what book this is from.

Did you know that the first pop-up/movable books were actually made for adults rather than children? It wasn’t until the 18th century that pop-ups started to be marketed to kids.

No one knows who invented the first movable book, but there are examples of these kinds of books from as early as the 13th century. Evidently the first “real” pop-up books were made by Ernest Nister and Lothar Meggendorfer. Some of these books are quite impressive, and it’s worth Googling Nister and Meggendorfer’s names to check their books out if you have a couple minutes. If you want a more in-depth rundown of the history of pop-ups, Ann Montanaro (who curates a wonderful pop-up book exhibition) provides a good, brief summary of pop-up/movable books on the Rutgers Library’s website. The University of North Texas also has a good online exhibition. So many resources, too little time.

As for my commentary on the image above… there’s really not much to say. I just like pop-up books.

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