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... and some curiosities.

“The Great Industrial Exhibition”. Lanes Telescopic view

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“The Great Industrial Exhibition”. Lanes Telescopic view


This curious and rare object was manufactured as a souvenir for visitors to the Universal Exhibition of 1851. It retains its original box and the title inscribed "telescopic view inside the Crystal Palace Great Exhibition of 1851 in London Industrial."

It has drop-down form of accordion with a small hole in the front that lets you view in the interior (with an incredible depth of three-dimensional effect) the entrance to the exhibition of that year.

The box measured 7.5 x6, 5x0, 5 inches and 25 inches when opened fully.


Editor: C. Lane
Year: 1851
Provenance: London, UK.

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Book "THEATER BILDERBUCH"

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THEATER BILDERBUCH


Curious book drop by the Anglo-Saxons popularly known as "Pop-up book." Around 1540, publishers of medical books devised this type of book that through a system of cuts and papiroflexia allowed to see in three dimensions inside the human body. In the late nineteenth major European publishers printed works for children with this system that surprised to children and adults.

This was published by JF Schreiber prestigious book publisher. Inside there are two stories unfold: Little Red Riding Hood and Hansel and Gretel, and two scenes related to religion: a birth and a home with Christmas decorations.


Editor: Verlag J.F Schreiber
Year: 1882
Provenance: Esslingen, Germany.

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Red Riding Hood

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RED RIDING HOOD


Libro teatro de la obra Caperucita Roja que mantiene los códigos del teatro de papel: presencia de telones, palcos de proscenio con público. Este prestigioso editor americano publicó varios clásicos de la literatura infantil con el mismo formato y algún teatro de papel, aunque sus trabajos nunca alcanzaron la popularidad que esperaban.


Editor: Mc Loughlin Bros.
Year: 1891
Provenance: New York, USA.

Cinelin

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CINELIN



Despite being manufactured Spanish, there is little data on this small movie theater. This is a simple system consisting of a façade with a central hole through which runs a strip vertical bulleted sequenced. It was illuminated by a need to get behind a film, turning the crank to go back by moving forward on the histories. Includes sheet of instructions explaining how to use the Cinelin and lists the various published works.

In the photo you can see a scene from: Snow White and the seven dwarfs.


Editor: Tipography Emporium
Year: 1930
Provenance: unknown.

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Teatrino de madera

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Wood "Teatrino". 1986

constructed by Gerardo Torres Beltrán.


We call "teatrino" to small theaters that were built to scale so that the set designers, lighting and stage managers could study the decor and layout of racks of big productions before build scale. It is also quite possible that the models used to search patrons who invest in these expensive productions.

This theater was built with great detail by Gerardo Torres (head coach of Valencia Olympia Theatre) and features the scenery of the book The bundle of roses by Pablo Sorozábal. Gerardo builds these small works of art as a hobby and I am fortunate to have this one thanks to his generosity.

 

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