The Moving Picture Book. Pictures that Move and Rhymes. Alfred Zantzinger Baker.
The Moving Picture Book. Pictures that Move and Rhymes.
The Moving Picture Book. Pictures that Move and Rhymes.

The Moving Picture Book. Pictures that Move and Rhymes.

Baker, A.Z. (illus).
New York. Frederick A. Stokes Company. 1911.
Full page two-color illustrations, unpaginated (50pp), 11 x 8 1/4 inches, color pictorial paper-covered boards with cloth spine (hardbound). The illustrated paste-down on the front cover of the book is scuffed with some paper loss, chiefly in the left margin; there are also some very light pencil marks in the word "Moving." The book's corners are bumped and abraded, interior good with occasional light soiling. The book's format features verse on one page and a cartoon image pertaining to the verse on the page opposite. Interestingly, the cover illustration shows the hands of a child holding a box-like device over the open book, presumably creating, so text on the cover states, "Pictures That Move." A note on the WorldCat listing for the book states it was "Issued in a box equipped with a device containing a rotatable red/green viewing lens. When the illustrations, printed in red and green, are viewed through the rotating lens, they appear to move." The book offered here lacks the box equipped with the essential viewing "device." It appears likely that the book is an early incarnation of what became the two-color 3-D comic books of the 1950s, sold with flimsy glasses featuring one red and one green lens that, when worn, gave the illusion of depth and movement. Similar items were given away with boxes of cereal - 3-D cards featuring Disney illustrations for Cheerios, for example. (Where are those amazing glasses, now that we need them?) Overall, a most interesting volume; contents in good clean condition; cover issues noted. Item #52430

Price: $175.00

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