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Popups - They're Not Just For Kids!

The Harold M. Goralnick Pop-up Book Collection - An Exhibition

Not Really for Kids!


David Pelham.  Trail:  Paper Poetry.  New York:  Little Simon, 2007.
“A Black Star Book.”
A pop-up book with movable verse about landscapes.
Three Poems by Hart Crane from The Bridge.  Bremen, Me.:  Red Angel Press, 2004.
Designed by Ron Keller.
A pop-up paper sculpture of the Brooklyn Bridge serves to illustrate Crane’s poem “To Brooklyn Bridge.”
[Book Arts Collection].
Robert Louis Stevenson’s The Swing.  Seattle:  Holburne Press, 2008.
Designed in accordion fold format by Margery S. Hellmann; editioned in 30 copies.
Pop-up flags, emulating swings, animate the text.
Karen Hanmer.  Bluestem.  Glenview, Il.:  K. Hanmer, 2006.
Edition limited to 25 copies; illustration in collaboration with Henry Maron.
A double accordion fold format binds illustrated card stock and polyester film leaves to affect the motion of blowing grasses.  An appropriate quotation from Willa Cather’s My Ántonia appears on the final leaf.
[Book Arts Collection].

Pop-up Advertisements

Proctor & Gamble’s Three Reasons to Try New Bounty in a Box.  [S.l.]:  P&G, 2001.
Fruit of the Loom’s Colorful. Flexible. Always in Season.  [S.l.:  s.n.], (2007).
Neiman Marcus Pop Up Book.  Dallas:  Neiman Marcus, 2007.
Paper engineering by Kees Moerbeek.
Although the term “pop-up ad” now is used most commonly to define the annoying, unsolicited online ads that we set our Web browsers to block, paper engineered pop-up advertising in print media—mainly magazines—attempts the same attention-seeking effects, but perhaps less annoyingly.
Probably the most flamboyant and sophisticated example of such advertising is the Neiman Marcus Pop Up Book, designed both to commemorate the centennial of that retailer and to promote sales during the 2007 Christmas season.

Sex and Gender

Cheree Berry.  Hooray for the Bra:  A Perky Peek at the History of the Brassiere.  New York:  Stewart, Tabori & Chang, 2006.
Babette Cole’s Revolting Rules for Getting a Woman.  Kansas City, Mo.:  Pop-Up Press, 1997 (Intervisual Communications).
Designed by Jim Deesing; paper engineering by Bruce Reifel.
British writer/illustrator Cole creates writes mainly for children, but she produced this series of humorous pop-up books with a decidedly more mature audience in mind.  Other titles in the series are:  Babette Cole’s Revolting Rules for Getting a Man; … for the Working Man; … for the Working Woman.
Kathy Kelly’s Menopop:  A Menopause Pop-up & Activity Book. New York:  Fill ‘er Up Productions, 2000.
Paper engineering by Andrew Baron.
The Pop-up Book of Sex.  New York:  Harper Entertainment, 2006 (Melcher Media).
Paper engineered by Kees Moerbeek.
The Pop-up Kama Sutra.  Henley-on-Thames:  Ellis, 1984.
Designed by Jonathan Biggs.


Gary Greenberg’s The Pop-up Book of Phobias.  New York:  Rob Weisbach Books, 1999 (Melcher Media).
Paper engineering by Matthew Reinhart.
Heather Havrilesky’s Even More Outrageous Celebrity Meltdowns.  New York:  Melcher Media, 2007.
Paper engineering by Kees Moerbeek.
This sequel to The Pop-up Book of Celebrity Meltdowns (2006) also lampoons darker moments of public figures: Naomi Campbell, Dick Cheney, Mel Gibson, and others.
Maxim Jakubowski and Ron van der Meer.  The Great Movies—Live!  A Pop-up Book.  New York:  Simon & Schuster, 1987.

Mike Peterkin’s The Beatles Story.  London:  Orbis, 1985.

Paper engineering by Ian Honeybone.
One in a series of “Rockups” musical pop-up books—music plays as some of the pages are opened.
Michael Wells and Graham Brown’s The Ultimate Pop-up Cocktail Book.  London:  Ward Lock, 1984.
Paper engineering by Paul Wilgress.