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Movable or 'Pop-up' Books

I no longer remember exactly when I first became intrigued by the beauty, mechanical ingenuity and precision of Pop-ups, but seems to me it was in the 80's.  Over the years, I have acquired my collection of pop-ups at swap meets, garage sales, antique book sellers and retail and on-line book stores.  My collection currently numbers over 100 and were published from the late 60's to today.

Most of these pop-up books have some combination of mechanical engineering that includes pop-up images, pull tabs (manual and when a page is opened, dial wheels, animated features using string and manually opened windows.  Many of these books also contain documents that are removable.

You need to check out this video of the Pop-up Gods and Heroes by Robert Sabuda & Matthew Reinhart.  When the new window opens, you can click on the button in the lower right of the video window to see it full screen.

Pop-up Book Images from my Collection
Selected Pop-ups from my collection arranged by the Designer's Name
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Matthew Reinhart Robert Sabuda Robert Sabuda & Matthew Reinhart David A. Carter David Hawcock
Andy Mansfield Keith Moseley Sam Ita Kees Moerbeek Others


Just for laughs, a Pop-up Magazine Ad from 2006


These are 2010 promotional 3-D images of Wonder Woman, Batman, The Green Lantern and Superman from.  They were packaged with a comic book and required assembly from punch-out sheets.

Just CLICK on a thumbnail to view it . . . a new window will open, after viewing, just close the new window.

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  The Pop-up Book of Phobias
Mathew Reinhart
Harper Collins
1999
Dentophobia - done in the 1st person where you are in the scene seeing the image
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  The Pop-up Book of Nightmares
Mathew Reinhart
St. Martin's Press
2001
The Chase - done in the 1st person where you are in the scene seeing the image
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  Cinderella
Mathew Reinhart
Little Simon
2005
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  Mommy?
Mathew Reinhart
MDC Books Scholastic
2006
Maurice Sendak's first Pop-up
 
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  The Jungle Book
Mathew Reinhart
Little Simon
2006
 
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Star Wars, A Pop-up Guide to the Galaxy
Matthew Reinhart
Orchard Books
2007
Reviewed by the New York Times and issued to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the first Star Wars film.  The last pop-up page has Luke and Vader with light sabors that light up.
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  The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
Robert Sabuda
Little Simon
2000

 
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  Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
Robert Sabuda
Little Simon
2003
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  America the Beautiful
Robert Sabuda
Little Simon
2004
All white paper engineering that has interpreted the anthem "America the Beautiful"
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  Peter Pan
Robert Sabuda
Little Simon
2008
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  Butterflies
Robert Sabuda & Mathew Reinhart
Hyperion Books
2001
A pop-up book and framed pop-up butterfly
 
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  Encyclopedia Prehistorica - Dinosaurs
Robert Sabuda & Mathew Reinhart
Candlewick Press
2005
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  Encyclopedia Prehistorica - Sharks & Other Sea Monsters
Robert Sabuda & Mathew Reinhart
Candlewick Press
2006
 
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  Encyclopedia Prehistorica - Mega Beasts
Robert Sabuda & Mathew Reinhart
Candlewick Press
2007
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  Dr. Seuss's Horton Hears a Who
David A. Carter
Robin Corey Books
2003
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  Quintessential Disney
David A. Carter
Disney Editions
2005
Classic scenes from 5 Disney cartoons
 
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  One Red Dot
David A. Carter
Simon & Schuster
2005
Each pop-up contains one Red Dot
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  Earth
David Hawcock
Dial Books
1994
A pop-up 3-D earth
 
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  The New York Pop-up Book
David Hawcock
Universe Publishing
1999
Pop-ups of New York City landmarks and lots of removable inserts
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  California Pop-up Book
David Hawcock
Universe Publishing
2000
Famous California landmark pop-up with lots of removable inserts
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  Titanic
David Hawcock
Candlewick Press
2007
This is a 3 foot pop-up of the Titanic that includes some reproduction inserts and a book on the ships history
   
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  The Amazing Spider-man Pop-up
Andy Mansfield
Candlewick Press
2007
Marvel Comics True Believers Retro Character Collection # 1
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  X-Men Pop-up
Andy Mansfield
Candlewick Press
2007
Marvel Comics True Believers Retro Character Collection # 2
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  The Incredible Hulk Pop-up
Andy Mansfield
Candlewick Press
2008
Marvel Comics True Believers Retro Character Collection # 3
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  Dragons
Keith Moseley
Abrams Books
2006
 
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  The Horrors in the Haunted House
Keith Moseley
Key Porter Books
2003
A 360° Haunted Mansion with an accompanying book and punch-out characters.

  

   
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  Moby-Dick
Sam Ita
Sterling Publishing Co.
2007
Herman Melville's classic tale presented in comic book story fashion
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  20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
Sam Ita
Sterling Publishing Co.
2008
Jules Verne's classic tale presented in comic book story fashion
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  Raggedy Ann and Andy & the Camel with the Wrinkled Knees
Kees Moerbeek
Little Simon
2003
Adapted from Jonny Gruelle's timeless classic
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  Steven King's 'The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon'
Kees Moerbeek
Simon & Schuster
2004
Based on the novel by Stephen King
 
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  Alfred hitchcock, The Master of Suspense
Kees Moerbeek
Simon & Schuster
2006
Pop-up scenes from 7 of Hitchcock's greatest films - shown is 'Torn Curtain'
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  Celebrity Meltdowns
Bruce Foster
Melcher Media
2006
This one is titled Winona Scissorhands!
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  The Pin-up Pop-up
Roger Culbertson with art by Gil Elvgren
Metro Books
2008
The mechanical design is a tribute to the work of Lothar Meggendorfer of Germany in the late 1800's.
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  Mad About Politics
Roger Smith
E.C. Publications
2008
A great political parody by the usual gang of idiots.
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  Frank Lloyd Wright
Andrew Crowson
PRC Publishing Ltd.
2002
Pop-ups of the some of the famous Architect's great buildings.
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  Graceland
Chuck Murphy
Quirk Books
2006
A look inside the King's Castle
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  Astronauts on the Moon
Howard Lohnes
Hallmark
1969
My oldest pop-up
 
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  Harley Davidson
Roger Smith
Pop-up Press
1998

 
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  Gnomes
Tor Lokvig
Harry Abrams Inc.
1979
Adapted from Gnomes by Rien Poortvliet & Wil Huygen
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  Neiman Marcus Pop-up Book
Abbott Miller
Melcher Media
2007
100th Anniversary Limited Edition
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  Christmas around the World
Chuck Fischer
Bulfinch Press - Little Brown
2007
Working advent calendar and 3D Santa's sleigh in pull-out tray

Pop-up Book Listing by Title
This is a complete list of my Pop-up Book Collection sorted by Title.  The number in the CHECKED column corresponds to the book displayed in the IMAGE section above.
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TITLE

PAPER ENGINEERING

YEAR

1

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20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

Sam Ita

2008

2

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600 Black Spots

David A. Carter

2007

3

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A Christmas Carol

John Patience

1981

4

31

Alfred Hitchcock, The Master of Suspense

Kees Moerbeek

2006

5

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Alice’s Pop-up Theater Book

Nick Denchfield

2002

6

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Alice’s Pop-up Wonderland

Nick Denchfield

2000

7

8

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

Robert Sabuda

2003

8

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Alien Book, The Life-sized Pop-up

David Hawcock

1999

9

22

Amazing Spider-man Pop-up, The

Andy Mansfield

2007

10

9

America the Beautiful

Robert Sabuda

2004

11

- American Landmarks James R. Smith 1977

12

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Animal Kingdom

Not Identified

2000

13

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Anne of Green Gables Pop-up Dollhouse

Rick Morrison

1994

14

37

Astronauts on the Moon, Story of the Apollo Moon Landing

Howard Lohnes

1969

15

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Batman, The Animated Series

Keith Moseley

1994

16

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Beetles, Young Naturalist’s Pop-up Handbook

R. Sabuda & M. Reinhart

2001

17

2

Book of Nightmares Pop-up, The

Mathew Reinhart

2001

18

1

Book of Phobias Pop-up, The

Mathew Reinhart

1999

19

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Buck Rogers, a reproduction of the 1935 original

Phil Knowlan

1994

20

- Buck Rogers in the 25th Century Ib Penick 1980

21

11

Butterflies, Young Naturalist’s Pop-up Handbook

R. Sabuda & M. Reinhart

2001

22

20

California Pop-up

David Hawcock

2000

23

32

Celebrity Meltdowns

Bruce Foster

2006

24

 

Celebrity Meltdowns, Even More Outrageous

Bruce Foster

2008

25

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Christmas

Robert Sabuda

2006

26

41

Christmas around the World

Chuck Fischer

2007

27

3

Cinderella

Mathew Reinhart

2005

28

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Circus! A Pop-up Adventure

Andrew Baron

1998

29

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Civil War, The

Roger Culbertson

1999

30

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Daily Express Children's Annual No. 2 S. Louis Giraud 1930

31

- DC Super Heroes Mathew Reinhart 2010

32

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Dinosaur Park

Nick Denchfield

1998

33

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Dinosaurs, Creatures of Long Ago

John Strejan & James R. Diaz

1993

34

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Disney’s Pop-up Adventures

Richard Hawke

2001

35

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Dr. Optics Amazing Illusions

Andrew Bennett

2001

36

15

Dr. Seuss's ‘Horton Hears a Who’

David A. Carter

2003

37

25

Dragons

Keith Moseley

2006

38

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Earth Pack, The

Ron van der Meer

1995

39

18

Earth, The

David Hawcock

1994

40

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Egyptian Mummies

Jose R. Semenario

1997

41

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Enchanted Castle, The

Keith Moseley

2002

42

12

Encyclopedia Prehistorica - Dinosaurs

R. Sabuda & M. Reinhart

2005

43

14

Encyclopedia Prehistorica - Mega Beasts

R. Sabuda & M. Reinhart

2007

44

13

Encyclopedia Prehistorica - Sharks & Other Sea Monsters

R. Sabuda & M. Reinhart

2006

45

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Eye of the Pharaoh, The

Iain Smyth

1995

46

35

Frank Lloyd Wright

Andrew Crowson

2002

47

- Frankenstein Sam Ita 2010

48

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Frosty the Snowman & the Snow Ghost

Dick Dudley

1979

48

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Game of Thrones Mathew Reinhart 2014

50

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Ghoul School, A wickedly Scary Pop-up Book

Richard Ferguson

2000

51

39

Gnomes, The Pop-up Book of

Tor Lokvig

1979

52

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Gods and Heroes

R. Sabuda & M. Reinhart

2010

53

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Goldilocks and the Three Bears, a reproduction of the 1934 original

Harold B. Lentz

1994

54

36

Graceland, 50th Anniversary Pop-up

Chuck Murphy

2006

55

38

Harley Davidson

Roger Smith

1998

56

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Harry Potter & the Chamber of Secrets

Denis Meyer

2002

57

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Harry Potter & the Sorcerer’s Stone

Roger Smith

2001

58

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Harry Potter, Hogwarts School

Renee Jablow

2001

59

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Haunted House

Tor Lokvig

1979

60

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Hobbit, The

John Howe

1999

61

26

Horrors in the Haunter House, The

Keith Moseley

2003

62

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Icky Bug Adventure

Nick Denchfield

2002

63

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If I were a Halloween Monster

Robert E. Moler

1999

64

24

Incredible Hulk Pop-up, The

Andy Mansfield

2008

65

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James Herriot’s Yorkshire Village

Jane Reynolds

1995

66

5

Jungle Book, The

Mathew Reinhart

2006

67

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Leonardo da Vinci

Paul Wilgress

1995

68

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Love Bugs

David A. Carter

1995

69

34

Mad About Politics

Roger Smith

2008

70

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M.C. Escher Courtney Watson McCarthy 2011

71

27

Moby-Dick

Sam Ita

2007

72

 

Moon Landing, 40th Anniversary of Apollo 11

David Hawcock

2009

73

4

Mommy?

Mathew Reinhart

2006

74

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Mother Goose, a reproduction of the 1934 original

Harold B. Lentz

1994

75

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Mummy Book, The Amazing Pop-up, Pull-out

David Hawcock

2000

76

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Nature’s Deadly Creatures

Electric Paper, London

1993

77

40

Neiman Marcus Pop-up Book, 100th Anniversary Limited Edition

Abbott Miller

2007

78

19

New York Pop-up

David Hawcock

1999

79

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Night Before Christmas, The

John Patience

1981

80

-

Night Before Christmas, The

Robert Sabuda

2002

81

-

Nightmare Before Christmas

The Walt Disney Co.

1993

82

-

Odyssey, The Sam Ita 2011

83

17

One Red Dot

David A. Carter

2004

84

-

Peanuts, A Pop-up Celebration

Bruce Foster

2004

85

10

Peter Pan

Robert Sabuda

2008

86

33

Pin-up Pop-up, The

Roger Culbertson

2008

87

-

Pirates of the Caribbean, the Black Pearl Pop-up

Wayne Kalama

2007

88

-

Playtime Surprises

Ernest Nister

1985

89

-

Pompeii, The Pop-up

David Hawcock

2007

90

-

Puss In-Boots, a reproduction of the 1934 original

Harold B. Lentz

1994

91

16

Quintessential Disney, A Pop-up Gallery of Classic Disney Moments

David A. Carter

2005

92

29

Raggedy Ann and Andy & the Camel with the Wrinkled Knees

Kees Moerbeek

2003

93

-

Rock Pack, from the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Ron van der Meer

1997

94

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Skeleton in the Cupboard

David Pelham

1998

95

-

Space Shuttle, The Amazing Pop-up, Pull-out

David Hawcock

1998

96

-

Spooky Castle

Nick Denchfield

2003

97

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Spooky House of Horror

Andy Mansfield

1998

98

-

Spooky Scrapbook, The

Kees Moerbeek

2000

99

-

Sports Illustrated Pop-up Book of Sports

Bruce Foster

2009

100

-

Star Wars X-Wing Pocket Manual

H.V. Simmons & J. McTeique

1998

101

6

Star Wars, A Pop-up Guide to the Galaxy

Mathew Reinhart

2007

102

  Star Wars the Empire Strikes Back Ib Penick 1980

103

-

Statue of Liberty, The Story of the

IB Penick

1986

104

30

Steven King's 'The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon'

Kees Moerbeek

2004

105

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Tale of Peter Rabbit, The

David A. Carter

1989

106

21

Titanic

David Hawcock

2007

107

-

Titanic, The Ship of Dreams

Keith Finch & Peter Potter

2007

108

-

Trail

David Pelham

2007

109

-

Twelve Days of Christmas

Robert Sabuda

1996

110

-

Twelve Days of Christmas Not Identified 1996

111

-

Twelve Days of Christmas

Maggie Kneen

1998

112

-

Twelve Days of Christmas, Anniversary Edition

Robert Sabuda

1996

113

-

Twelve Days of Christmas, The

John Patience

1981

114

-

Tyrannosaurus Rex

David Hawcock

2001

115

-

What’s in the Closet

Ruth Tilden

1995

116

-

White House, The

Chuck Fischer

2004

117

-

Winters Tale

Robert Sabuda

2005

118

-

Wizard of Oz, The

Roger Smith

2000

119

7

Wonderful Wizard of Oz, The

Robert Sabuda

2000

120

-

Wonderful Wizard of Oz, The – 4 book set

Publishers Clearing House

1991

121

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Working Camera, The

Ron van der Meer & Mark Hiner

1986

122

23

X-Men Pop-up

Andy Mansfield

2007

Pop-up Book Listing by 1st Year Published
This is a complete list of my Pop-up Book Collection sorted by Year Published.  The number in the CHECKED column corresponds to the book displayed in the IMAGE section above.
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PAPER ENGINEERING

YEAR

1

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Daily Express Children's Annual No. 2 S. Louis Giraud

1930

2

37

Astronauts on the Moon, Story of the Apollo Moon Landing

Howard Lohnes

1969

3

- American Landmarks James R. Smith 1977

4

-

Frosty the Snowman & the Snow Ghost

Dick Dudley

1979

5

39

Gnomes, The Pop-up Book of

Tor Lokvig

1979

6

-

Haunted House

Tor Lokvig

1979

7

- Buck Rogers in the 25th Century Ib Penick 1980

8

- Star Wars, the Empire Strikes Back Ib Penick 1980

9

-

A Christmas Carol

John Patience

1981

10

-

Night Before Christmas, The

John Patience

1981

11

-

Twelve Days of Christmas, The

John Patience

1981

12

-

Playtime Surprises

Ernest Nister

1985

13

-

Statue of Liberty, The Story of the

IB Penick

1986

14

-

Working Camera, The

Ron van der Meer & Mark Hiner

1986

15

-

Tale of Peter Rabbit, The

David A. Carter

1989

16

-

Wonderful Wizard of Oz, The – 4 book set

Publishers Clearing House

1991

17

-

Dinosaurs, Creatures of Long Ago

John Strejan & James R. Diaz

1993

18

-

Nature’s Deadly Creatures

Electric Paper, London

1993

19

-

Nightmare Before Christmas

The Walt Disney Co.

1993

20

-

Anne of Green Gables Pop-up Dollhouse

Rick Morrison

1994

21

-

Batman, The Animated Series

Keith Moseley

1994

22

-

Buck Rogers, a reproduction of the 1935 original

Phil Knowlan

1994

23

18

Earth, The

David Hawcock

1994

24

-

Goldilocks and the Three Bears, a reproduction of the 1934 original

Harold B. Lentz

1994

25

-

Mother Goose, a reproduction of the 1934 original

Harold B. Lentz

1994

26

-

Puss In-Boots, a reproduction of the 1934 original

Harold B. Lentz

1994

27

-

Earth Pack, The

Ron van der Meer

1995

28

-

Eye of the Pharaoh, The

Iain Smyth

1995

29

-

James Herriot’s Yorkshire Village

Jane Reynolds

1995

30

-

Leonardo da Vinci

Paul Wilgress

1995

31

-

Love Bugs

David A. Carter

1995

32

-

What’s in the closet

Ruth Tilden

1995

33

-

Twelve Days of Christmas Not Identified 1996

34

-

Twelve Days of Christmas

Robert Sabuda

1996

35

-

Twelve Days of Christmas, Anniversary Edition

Robert Sabuda

1996

36

-

Egyptian Mummies

Jose R. Semenario

1997

37

-

Rock Pack, from the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Ron van der Meer

1997

38

-

Circus! A Pop-up Adventure

Andrew Baron

1998

39

-

Dinosaur Park

Nick Denchfield

1998

40

38

Harley Davidson

Roger Smith

1998

41

-

Skeleton in the Cupboard

David Pelham

1998

42

-

Space Shuttle, The Amazing Pop-up, Pull-out

David Hawcock

1998

43

-

Spooky House of Horror

Andy Mansfield

1998

44

-

Star Wars X-Wing Pocket Manual

H.V. Simmons & J. McTeique

1998

45

-

Twelve Days of Christmas

Maggie Kneen

1998

46

-

Alien Book, The Life-sized Pop-up

David Hawcock

1999

47

1

Book of Phobias Pop-up, The

Mathew Reinhart

1999

48

-

Civil War, The

Roger Culbertson

1999

48

-

Hobbit, The

John Howe

1999

50

-

If I were a Halloween Monster

Robert E. Moler

1999

51

19

New York Pop-up

David Hawcock

1999

52

-

Alice’s Pop-up Wonderland

Nick Denchfield

2000

53

-

Animal Kingdom

Not Identified

2000

54

20

California Pop-up

David Hawcock

2000

55

-

Ghoul School, A wickedly Scary Pop-up Book

Richard Ferguson

2000

56

-

Mummy Book, The Amazing Pop-up, Pull-out

David Hawcock

2000

57

-

Spooky Scrapbook, The

Kees Moerbeek

2000

58

-

Wizard of Oz, The

Roger Smith

2000

59

7

Wonderful Wizard of Oz, The

Robert Sabuda

2000

60

-

Beetles, Young Naturalist’s Pop-up Handbook

R. Sabuda & M. Reinhart

2001

61

2

Book of Nightmares Pop-up, The

Mathew Reinhart

2001

62

11

Butterflies, Young Naturalist’s Pop-up Handbook

R. Sabuda & M. Reinhart

2001

63

-

Disney’s Pop-up Adventures

Richard Hawke

2001

64

-

Dr. Optics Amazing Illusions

Andrew Bennett

2001

65

-

Harry Potter & the Sorcerer’s Stone

Roger Smith

2001

66

-

Harry Potter, Hogwarts School

Renee Jablow

2001

67

-

Tyrannosaurus Rex

David Hawcock

2001

68

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Alice’s Pop-up Theater Book

Nick Denchfield

2002

69

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Enchanted Castle, The

Keith Moseley

2002

70

35

Frank Lloyd Wright

Andrew Crowson

2002

71

-

Harry Potter & the Chamber of Secrets

Denis Meyer

2002

72

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Icky Bug Adventure

Nick Denchfield

2002

73

-

Night Before Christmas, The

Robert Sabuda

2002

74

8

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

Robert Sabuda

2003

75

15

Dr. Seuss's ‘Horton Hears a Who’

David A. Carter

2003

76

26

Horrors in the Haunter House, The

Keith Moseley

2003

77

29

Raggedy Ann and Andy & the Camel with the Wrinkled Knees

Kees Moerbeek

2003

78

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Spooky Castle

Nick Denchfield

2003

79

9

America the Beautiful

Robert Sabuda

2004

80

17

One Red Dot

David A. Carter

2004

81

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Peanuts, A Pop-up Celebration

Bruce Foster

2004

82

30

Steven King's 'The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon'

Kees Moerbeek

2004

83

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White House, The

Chuck Fischer

2004

84

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Cinderella

Mathew Reinhart

2005

85

12

Encyclopedia Prehistorica - Dinosaurs

R. Sabuda & M. Reinhart

2005

86

16

Quintessential Disney, A Pop-up Gallery of Classic Disney Moments

David A. Carter

2005

87

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Winters Tale

Robert Sabuda

2005

88

31

Alfred Hitchcock, The Master of Suspense

Kees Moerbeek

2006

89

32

Celebrity Meltdowns

Bruce Foster

2006

90

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Christmas

Robert Sabuda

2006

91

25

Dragons

Keith Moseley

2006

92

13

Encyclopedia Prehistorica - Sharks & Other Sea Monsters

R. Sabuda & M. Reinhart

2006

93

36

Graceland, 50th Anniversary Pop-up

Chuck Murphy

2006

94

5

Jungle Book, The

Mathew Reinhart

2006

95

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Mommy?

Mathew Reinhart

2006

96

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600 Black Spots

David A. Carter

2007

97

22

Amazing Spider-man Pop-up, The

Andy Mansfield

2007

98

41

Christmas around the World

Chuck Fischer

2007

99

14

Encyclopedia Prehistorica - Mega Beasts

R. Sabuda & M. Reinhart

2007

100

27

Moby-Dick

Sam Ita

2007

101

40

Neiman Marcus Pop-up Book, 100th Anniversary Limited Edition

Abbott Miller

2007

102

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Pirates of the Caribbean, the Black Pearl Pop-up

Wayne Kalama

2007

103

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Pompeii, The Pop-up

David Hawcock

2007

104

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Star Wars, A Pop-up Guide to the Galaxy

Mathew Reinhart

2007

105

21

Titanic

David Hawcock

2007

106

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Titanic, The Ship of Dreams

Keith Finch & Peter Potter

2007

107

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Trail

David Pelham

2007

108

23

X-Men Pop-up

Andy Mansfield

2007

109

28

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

Sam Ita

2008

110

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Celebrity Meltdowns, Even More Outrageous

Bruce Foster

2008

111

24

Incredible Hulk Pop-up, The

Andy Mansfield

2008

112

34

Mad About Politics

Roger Smith

2008

113

10

Peter Pan

Robert Sabuda

2008

114

33

Pin-up Pop-up, The

Roger Culbertson

2008

115 - Moon Landing, 40th Anniversary of Apollo 11 David Hawcock 2009
116

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Sports Illustrated Pop-up Book of Sports

Bruce Foster

2009

117

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Gods and Heroes

R. Sabuda & M. Reinhart

2010

118 - DC Super Heroes Mathew Reinhart 2010
119 - Frankenstein Sam Ita 2010
120 - M.C. Escher Courtney Watson McCarthy 2011
121 - Odyssey, The Sam Ita 2011
122 - Game of Thrones Mathew Reinhart 2014

Movable or 'Pop-up' Book History
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The epithet pop-up is often applied to any three-dimensional or movable book, although properly the umbrella term movable book covers pop-ups, transformations, tunnel books, volvelles, flaps, pull-tabs, pop-outs, pull-downs, and more, each of which performs in a different manner. Also included, because they employ the same techniques, are three-dimensional greeting cards.

The audience for early movable books were adults, not children. It is believed that the first use of movable mechanics appeared in a manuscript for an astrological book in 1306. The Catalan mystic and poet Ramon Llull, of Majorca, used a revolving disc or volvelle (wheel chart) to illustrate his theories. Throughout the centuries volvelles have been used for such diverse purposes as teaching anatomy, making astronomical predictions, creating secret code, and telling fortunes. By 1564 another movable astrological book titled Cosmographia Petri Apiani had been published. In the following years, the medical profession made use of this format, illustrating anatomical books with layers and flaps showing the human body. The English landscape designer Capability Brown made use of flaps to illustrate "before and after" views of his designs.

While it can be documented that books with movable parts had been used for centuries, they were almost always used in scholarly works. It was not until the eighteenth century that these techniques were applied to books designed for entertainment, particularly for children.

World War I ended the golden age of movable books. The contribution of German artists, which was so prominent in previous century, came to a halt. The English and Americans lacked the print shops and skilled labor necessary to create the fine chromolithography of the Germans. As a result, movable books declined in quality and quantity.

Movables experienced a renaissance in the 1930s and 1940s, thanks to S. Louis Giraud in London. While editor of children's books for the newspaper, Daily Express, Giraud designed and produced a pop-up annual by the same name. After he left the newspaper, he continued the series under the title Bookano Stories. From 1929 to 1949, Giraud produced sixteen annuals using the name Strand Publications and Bookano Stories. His books were referred to as "living models" because each scene unfolded in a double-page spread, which was designed to be viewed from multiple angles, much like many modern pop-up books. An added attraction was that the actions appeared to continue after the page was opened. A good example of this is from the Daily Express annual for 1930. A circus clown magically swings around a bar.

Beginning in the late 1950s a series of remarkably innovative pop-up books was produced by Artia in Prague, Czechoslovakia, a state-run import/export agency. Voitech Kubasta was their preeminent artist and the creator of dozens of pop-up books. Bancroft & Co. (Publishers) of London marketed the Czechoslovakian titles.

In the mid-1960s American Waldo Hunt, President of Graphics International, a Los Angeles-based print brokerage company, was creating dimensional pop-up magazine inserts and premiums. Inspired by the Czechoslovakian works, and deterred in an attempt to market them in the U.S., he began to produce his own pop-up books. This decision led to the renaissance of pop-up books as we now know them. Graphics International moved to New York in 1964 and with the publication of Bennett Cerf's pop-up riddles in 1965, began producing books for Random House.

Hallmark Cards purchased Graphics International at the end of the decade and the staff moved to Kansas City, Missouri. With more than forty successful titles produced for Hallmark, Hunt left in 1974 to return to California where he began a book packaging company, Intervisual Communications, Inc. Today there are a number of packaging companies such as Compass Productions, White Heat, Ltd., Van der Meer Paper Design, Sadie Fields Productions, and Designamation to name a few, and the number of pop-up books has grown tremendously. There are between 200 and 300 new pop-up books produced in English each year.

The publication of pop-up books is production involving the skills of a number of individuals. The creation of the book begins with a concept, story line and situation. Once the basics are worked out, the project goes to the "paper engineer" who takes the ideas of the DESIGNER and the illustrator and puts motion into the characters, and action into the scenes. They may even add sound, as in a book where the opening and closing of the pages cause the teeth of a saw to run across a log.

The paper engineer's task is to be both imaginative and practical. The designer must determine how movable pieces attach to the page so they won't break, which points need glue and how much, how long pull tabs should be and how high a piece can pop up. The final step for the paper engineer is to lay out or "nest" all the pages and pieces so they fit onto the size sheet that will be run through the printing press.

All contemporary pop-up books are assembled by hand mostly in Colombia, Mexico, or Singapore. After printing, the nesting pieces of a book are die-cut from the sheets and collated with their pages. Production lines are set up, with as many as 60 people involved in the handwork needed to complete one book. These people fold, insert paper tabs into slits, connect paper pivots, glue and tape. Alignment of tip-on pieces with the printed page must be exact and angles must be precise. The most complex books can require over 100 individual handwork procedures.

The movable books of the last two decades have become increasingly complex with sophisticated pop-up illustrations and intricate mechanical devices. The addition of lights and music in some titles has contributed to the surprise of the mechanical illustrations. Pop-up and movable books are not ordinary books. For more than 100 years their ingenious mechanical devices have surprised and entertained readers of all ages.

'Pop-up' Book References on the Internet
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The Wonderful World of Animated and Pop-up Books

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"A Galaxy in Your Face" Some pop-up books receive attention as literary works for the degree of artistry or sophistication which they entail. One example is STAR WARS: A Pop-Up Guide to the Galaxy, by Matthew Reinhart. This book received literary attention for its elaborate pop-ups, and the skill of its imagery, with the New York Times saying that "calling this sophisticated piece of engineering a 'pop-up book' is like calling the Great Wall of China a partition".

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"A Concise History of Pop-up and Movable Books" by Ann Montanaro

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Robert Sabuda

 

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This site was last updated 03/31/15 by Marvin Mackey