Mighty Life List
Oct 28 2010

Cooper-Hewitt Pop Up Collection

I got to see some pop-up books from the Cooper-Hewitt library while I was in New York. If you’d like to see some in motion, the museum has very smartly uploaded several You Tube videos. I didn’t realize that pop-up books are still hand glued in China.

This one was hand cut and sewn in 1551 to illustrate mathematical concepts.

This is a modern advertisement.

Daily Express Children’s Annual, 1933

A modern anatomical pop up.

Alice in Wonderland pop-up, with the modern version in front and its inspiration behind.

I particularly love the concept behind Paper Blossoms: A Book of Beautiful Bouquets for the Table, which is still available from Chronicle Books.

It’s a pop-up book full of centerpieces. Genius.

More pop-up photos on Flickr.

3 Responses to “Cooper-Hewitt Pop Up Collection”

  • Jan Says:

    The anatomical one – my hands-down favourite!

  • Shelley Says:

    Thanks for the great post, Maggie! I just purchased the Paper Blossoms pop-up for my mother-in-law on Amazon for Christmas. She’s going to LOVE it!

  • Angela Says:

    Holy crap that is amazing. Just amazing!