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Tales From Fairyland - Saafileds 1st movable - stand-up book - complete with all 32 figures

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Antique movable figure book - complete by Saafiled

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Akron: The Saalfield Publishing Company, 1905. First edition.

4to (8 1/2 x 10 3/4"), 14 x 22 cm.

All 32 figures and stands attached to heavy cardboard embossed plates are un-punched. 30 are in fine condition, two figures have some damage (see photos). Stands are all in fine condition. Back cover has some slight paper loss (see photo). Text block well bound but cover is loose.

Rarely found intact. [Attributes: Soft Cover]

Each of 8 Fairy Tale’s are accompanied by a cardboard leaf of illustrations with perforated edges, designed to be punched out by the reader and set in paper bases to stand erect. The Fairy tales are: : Little Red Riding Hood, Cinderella, Sugar House in the Wood, Snow White and Rose Red, Sleeping Beauty, Frog Prince, Jack and the Beanstalk and Little Snow White.

This is the earliest Stand up book from Saalfield (see collectors corner below)

Directions printed in book are as follows: "Directions: Cut-out the illustrations, following the dotted cut lines. Use the green slips for standards, bending at right angles to them the split sections. In the slits insert the illustrations, which will then stand up."

Collectors Corner:

Saalfield Publishing Company from Akron Ohio headed by A J Saalfield published children's books and other products from 1900 to 1977. They were formerly The Warner Company before being purchased by employee Saafield. They published their own juvenile books as well as reprints. AJ's son and then grandson ran the company until it folded in 1977.

This may well be their first venture into interactive toy books.

The first series of this type was published in 1905 - the second series in 1909
TALES FROM FAIRYLAND is the first title in Saalfield's Series No. 1

We have researched and checked with Kent State University, who holds the Saalfield Publishing Company archives.

In 1909 The Publishers Weekly - Volume 76, Part 1 - Page 824, described five other books in the “stand up” series from Saalfied:

Series 1: 8 1/2 x 10 3/4

Tales From Fairyland

The Animal World

Series 2: (Oblong) 5 1/2 x 8 1/4"

Fairy tale pictures

Fairy tale friends

At the farm

Our wild animals


Product Code: A-53

Antique Vintage complete Movable figure Book