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Paper Construction, Aladdin, or, the Wonderful Lamp; Centerfold, 1880s

This is a Paper construction. It was designed by McLoughlin Bros. and published by McLoughlin Bros.. It is dated 1880s. Its medium is chromolithograph. It is a part of the Smithsonian Libraries department.

The McLoughlin Brothers retell the story of Aladdin in this pantomime book. This New York publishing firm pioneered color printing technology for children’s books and published a range of items including chapbooks, large folio picture books, puzzles, board games and some of America’s earliest pop-up books. Early McLoughlin Bros. work is characterized by being bright and hand-colored. At the center of the text is a double-leaf chromolithographed centerfold showing a stage-like setting with musicians. Within the proscenium of the stage is a series of smaller leaves of plates in varying sizes that in turning, illustrate the action of the story. When a pantomime book is opened at any page, the whole presents the appearance of a stage in a strikingly realistic manner.

It is credited Collection of Smithsonian Institution Libraries.

Its dimensions are

H x W x D: 25 × 37.5 × 10 cm (9 13/16 × 14 3/4 × 3 15/16 in.)

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