I was researching “dog smiles” at work today and I came across a lot of really great ones, but this one spoke to me in a way that the others did not.
I wish more gifs looked like this.
No, this isn’t American Horror Story: Freak Show. It’s the Animated Circus Book, story by Edward Ernest, animated by Julian Wehr (1943) from our collection of movable books at the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian National Design Museum Library.
It was one of the books in our exhibit on paper engineering, Fold, Pull, Pop & Turn that we put on a few years ago. You can see more videos of these books in our Paper Engineering Videos collection on Flickr. We’ve put pictures of movable books in our Pop-ups and Movables, also on Flickr.