I was fortunate to visit Ellen Rubin this week and get a chance to see her newly completed library. Known around the world as The Pop-up Lady, she is an avid collector that has amassed a remarkable collection of movable books and ephemera. Ellen also shares her pop-up treasures through her writings, lectures, and exhibits that she has helped curate.
Faced with countless fine examples of movable books spanning hundreds of years, I asked Ellen to display some of her favorite pieces from the turn of the century. With a knowing smile she produced delicate volvelles and Nisters, McLoughlin titles and Meggendorfers; all within arm’s reach. Robert warned me that the visit to such a prestigious collection could be overwhelming, and the hours slipped by before we could move beyond a few bookcases. In fact, I almost missed my train home, because I was so engrossed in investigating some of her beloved Kubastas. Luckily, I made my train with moments to spare, vowing to return for a longer visit (and next time I’ll set an alarm!)
Check out her wonderfully informative website and be sure to view the animated images section featuring one of my favorite Meggendorfer scenes.