A History of Pop-up and Movable Books: 700 Years of Paper Engineering [Smithsonian Institute]

Want a few minutes of pure fascination? Check out the Smithsonian Institute’s video: “Ellen G. K. Rubin discovered pop-up and movable books when she began reading them to her sons over 25 years ago. Today, she has more than 6,500 books and thousands of uncataloged movable ephemera. While at Yale Medical School’s Physican Associate program in 1987, she attended the Sterling Library’s exhibition on the history of movable books. It was there that she learned about the scholarly dimensions of her passion.” Video is below and even more information on this book genre at this site.

Potential research project for a library historian: what implications did the rise of pop-up books have for library collections?

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