A brief history of movable and pop-up books from as early as 1790’s to now.
Dean and Sons Publishing produced one of the first pop-up books in 1873. This site includes French Movables and some pretty cool samples of pop-up books from back in the day. The history of the pop-up book is actually kind of interesting and the artwork is quite fascinating.
Did you know that the production of paper dolls started in the 1790’s in Europe. Illustrated on paper with their underclothes on and pasted onto cardboard for support, joints connected by threads so they could move into different postures. S&J Fuller produced a series of paper doll books between 1810 and 1816 that came with various outfits, hand-colored and cut-out. These books told little stories in verse and the doll was to be dressed with the story as the child or parent read.
Thanks to the University of North Texas.