Vintage Movable Review: The Lion’s Den

In the early 1880’s, The New York publisher, McLoughlin Bros. issued ten dioramas “each presenting the appearance of a showy childs book” or so states the advertisement.  They called it the Little Showman’s Series with four representations of the seasons and the remaining six single spread pop-up books depicting various scenes.  Today we are able to view a much loved copy of The Lion’s Den. A previous owner had pried the original bars off in hopes to free the captive lion and then took pencil in hand to embellish some of the text.  Luckily, this pop-up cleaned up pretty well for us to enjoy.  I really enjoy how the imagery pairs with the verses and will let the Brothers McLoughlin have the last word.  “Each of these little Shows is perfect in itself…”


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