my collections

pop-up and movable books

Puff the Magic Dragon
engineered by Bruce Foster

Contemporary artist, Tauba Auerbach,
creates pop-ups, 2D, 3D

Spratt's Obstetrical Tables, 1847
I call her, Lady Modesty.

Book Artist, Julie Chen, at work

Little Red Riding Hood-c1850

Giraud's Bookano pop-up

Lord Thumb
video and more!

The Astronomicum

Tuson's Myology
anatomical flap book

Sacrobosco's Sphaera

Videos of classic pop-ups

vojtěch kubašta

Czech It Out!
Translating Kubašta

Kubašta books on video

Kubašta exhibit
at the Bienes Museum, FL

wild & wacky books



Watchpapers: Practical Tokens of Labor and Love
A bit of naughtiness!

Movable postcards
You won't believe your eyes!




Movable Postcards

Attention deltiologists!! [postcard collectors] There is a whole subset of postcards, especially novelty postcards. These amazing pieces of ephemera were made to move and sometimes pop-up AND go through the mail!!! The Popuplady has been collecting movable ephemera since she started collecting over 20 years ago. Recently, it became apparent that some of the most novel mechanisms were used in postcards and went through the mail! It boggles her mind! Below are just a few from her extensive collection. Enjoy the videos below!!

Why not send this fan/postcard to a friend in a hot climate?

What better way to show the break-up of the Austro-Hungarian Empire in 1918 than using a movable mechanism? On the postcard below, turning the notched wheel at the side makes the Empire dissolve into its 'new' components, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Rumania, and Yugoslavia.

This is one of the truly unusal mechanisms we call "the Roller." Pull the tab and a bar moves across the card changing the image. The mechanism is unseen and works like MAGIC!

As far as I know, these pop-up CD/DVD or message boxes were only available in Canada. Pull out the drawer and insert the message or disc. There were other designs, mostly Disney-related.
Thanks to a pop-up fan who alerted The Popuplady that they were around.