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M-157: Pop-Up Book Collection

Abstract :

The Pop-Up Book Collection contains movable books, children's books, toy cars, puppets, dolls, ornaments and decorations, and photographs of St. Louis, all collected by Mary Peter. The collection holds about 100 movable books, including a few reproductions of 19th century as well as contemporary books in various themes, about 130 toy cars, including Hot Wheel series from 1969 onward, puppets of different characters, and photographs capturing scenes in St. Louis.

Date : 1956-1996

Scope and Contents note:

The Pop-Up Book Collection comprises of movable books, children’s books, toy cars, puppets, dolls, ornaments and decorations, and photographs of St. Louis. The collection is divided into seven series, by subject: 1) Pop-Up Books; 2) Children’s Books; 3) Toys; 4) Ornaments and Decorations; 5)Correspondences; and 6) Photographs. Series One, Pop-Up Books, contains about 100 pop-up books in various themes from 1956 to 1996, as well as some reproductions of 19th century popup books by Lothar Meggendorfer. Contemporary pop-up books include works by Nick Bantock, David A. Carter, Kees Moerbeek, Keith Moseley, Ib Penick, and Robert Sabuda. Series Two, Children’s Books, contains three picture books. Series Three, Toys, contains about 130 toys cars, including Mattel Hot Wheels series from 1974 onward, puppets of different characters, and dolls. Series Four, Ornaments and Decorations, contains seasonal ornaments, including hanging ornaments for Christmas trees, and some figurines. There is a newspaper article that addresses wooden angel figurines in the collection. Series Five, Correspondents, contains a greeting card for the Valentine’s Day and a letter from Mary Peter to director of the library addressing a brief description on the photographs. Series Six, Photographs, contains a series of black and white as well as color photographs pertaining to St. Louis. Format varies from small snapshots to large, matted photographs.

Copyright Information:

The researcher assumes full responsibility for observing all copyright, property, and libel laws as they apply.

Access Restrictions:

Some of the material in Special Collection M-157 may be photocopied, digitally scanned or photographed, subject to condition.

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