On Friday Dek and I headed over to the University of Washington campus to check out a special exhibit. In the basement of the Allen Library was a collection of vintage pop-up books on display for all the world to see. That is if you could find it. After a bit of meandering, two elevators and a stop at the information desk we did make our way down to this quiet corner of the campus. What greeted us was something truly amazing.
The Merry Company exhibit didn’t just have pop-ups. It also featured moveables and toy books. Examples from the 1800s through the present were on display. These were not children’s toys by any means. They were works of art.
Merry Company: Pop-ups, Moveables and Toy Books is only up until March 16, 2012. If you are live in the Seattle area make sure you stop by. Keep in mind that this is a tricky outing to do with toddlers. Dek was not interested in looking at books behind glass. Sure the pirate ship held his attention for 30 seconds, but beyond that he had better things to do. Luckily I had a friend checking out the show with me. We were able to take turns watching our kids and drooling over the display cases. There was a small table of books that you were allowed to flip through but they were all modern printings.
If you can’t make it to the show pick yourself up a copy of Christmas Alphabet by Robert Sabuda, a modern-day pop-up highlighted in the show. Enjoy my little photo tour of the exhibition as well. I tried to give you a little variety to show you the depth of this 100+ piece collection.