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Monday, October 10, 2005

Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Pop-Up Books But Were Afraid to Ask

When I was a kid I loved pop-up books. Probably cause I was too lazy to read and I just wanted to play. Actually, I'm still like that. Anyway, the Lilly Library at the University of Indiana has a crazy collection of pop-up books and I thought you should know. Here are some of their books:


Alice In Wonderland


The Beatles
Something about a circus


And I suppose this is about a jungle.

For a concise history of pop-up and movable books, check out A Concise History of Pop-up and Movable Books. Did you know that one of the earliest examples of a mechanical device in a book "was produced in the 13th century by Catalan mystic and poet Ramon Llull of Majorca who used a revolving disc or volvelle to illustrate his theories"? Neither did I. As for my own personal collection, I have one pop-up book, and I love it. It's Jim Henson's Muppet Show Pop-Up Book and according to this website, it's currently worth about $138 USD. I thought you should know that too.

Swedish Chef!

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2 Comments:

Anonymous Jen Cutts said...

Hey Sharelle,

That jungle scene pop-up book is from "Where the wilds things are" - at least I'm pretty sure. Anyway, it's a cool book.

Jen

P.S. I had to do a loooooot of scrolling today to see those chessboxing pics.

4:11 PM  
Blogger Sharelle said...

yeah, that happens when the resolution on your screen is low (like 800x600) then all the columns squish together and the pictures that are too wide get pushed to the bottom. shitty, I know. Anyone out there know how to fix this?

4:43 PM  

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