In the 1880s, McLoughlin Brothers became the first large producer of
movables in the United States. The company took ideas from Dean and
offered similar products to American audiences. In fact, McLoughlin went
so far as to pirate Dean’s Home Pantomime Toy Books.
McLoughlin’s most well known movables are those from the Little
Showman’s Series, which first appeared in the 1880s. These books are
constructed of two boards hinged at the top. Each is designed to be
opened at a right angle, and each displays a multi-layered scene
comprising figures in a cage.