Lothar Meggendorfer, 1847-1925
Meggendorfer was another German artist and paper engineer publishing in
the late nineteenth century. His movables, made up of a series of
connecting levers, were unprecedently complex. As a result, children
could easily pull the tabs out too far and destroy the mechanism. In
Always Jolly, Meggendorfer warns over anxious children:
With this book, my own dear child,
Are various pictures gay,
Their limbs they move with gestures wild,
As with them you do play.
But still they are of paper made,
And therefore, I advise,
That care and Caustion should be paid,
Lest Woe and Grief arise;
Both you and pictures then would cry
To see wat harm is down,
And sign would follow after sign
Because you’ve spoilt you fun.
Meggendorfer created an estimated two hundred books, and his often
humorous approach delighted both children and adults. Today, his
original books are extremely sought after and valuable.