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Jack The Giant Killer - Harold Lentz - Very Good 1933 - complete perfect pop-ups

Jack The Giant Killer - Harold Lentz -  Very Good 1933
Jack The Giant Killer - Harold Lentz - Very Good 1933

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1932 Jack the Giant Killer by Harold Lentz

New York: Blue Ribbon Books, [1932].
First Edition. 8vo. Color & b/w illustrations. Cloth, no dustwrapper
8 11/16 × 6 11/16 × 1 3/4 in. (22 × 17 × 4.5 cm) - Printed on heavy stock. 96pp.

Contains four stories, with one pop-up illustration per story: "Jack the Giant Killer", "Jack and the Bean-Stalk", "Little Red Riding Hood", and "Sleeping Beauty". All four pop-ups are in excellent all original condition. Backstrip professionaly restored. See photos.

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Collector's Corner: (History of Harold Lentz)

Harold B. Lentz was a contemporary of S. Louis Giraud and Theodore Brown. Lentz provided the illustrations for numerous pop-up books . Blue Ribbon Books was the first US publisher to use the term “pop-up,” which it registered as a trade mark for its “Illustrated Pop-up Editions.” Note: Giraud was just an editor/packager and Theodore Brown (not Giraud) was the writer and paper engineer - perhaps because Giraud shared the patent with Brown (which was a commercial arrangement and not indicative of co-invention), and perhaps because Giraud's name appears in the books and Brown's name does not, the role of Giraud is frequently misunderstood.

Harold Bryant Lentz lived in Ohio. According to vintagepopupbook.com's research through the US census, google books, and gravestones, Mr. Lentz was born Feb. 19,1896. He passed away on January 27, 1980 at age 83. At the time he was referred to as "a retired commercial artist and originator of "popup" books for children".

Lentz was a graduate of Columbus (Ohio) Art School. He married Margaret Lentz in 1917. Margaret passed away in 1981. He had two children, a son Thomas; daughter Mrs. Carleton Smith "Ginny", later named Virginia Ann Sathre. Ginny passed away in 2017, Thomas preceeded her at some point.

At the time of his wedding he was a writer for the Columbus (Ohio) Daily Monitor**. His first known illustration job was (an apparently self-published) paper dolls booklet created in 1918 when he was just 21 years old entitled: "The Sandman Visits Santa Claus Educational Amusement for Little Hands" This Paste-craft booklet was published in Columbus Ohio where Harold graduated from art school. We have located the copyright for paste-craft - it was entered by Harold Lentz himself in 1919*. We have the only known (to us) copy in our collection, email for photos.

* Catalogue of Copyright Entries: Pamphlets, leaflets, contributions to newspapers or periodicals, etc.; lectures, sermons, addresses for oral delivery; dramatic compositions; maps; motion pictures, Volume 16, Issue 1, page 549.

** Fourth Estate: A Weekly Newspaper for Publishers, ... - Page 19

According to Harold Lentz's Grandchild," Lentz not only did all of the artwork for the book, he did the engineering of the pop-ups as well. He spent most of his career as a commercial (advertising) artist."

Moveable Staionary (Volume 4,number 3) quoted a brief article about Lentz that they found in Publisher's Weekly which noted that "much of the credit for the success of these books should be given to Harold B. Lentz . . The finished quality is due to Mr. Lentz's ingenuity & diligence.
After long hours of labor and experimenting, Mr. Lentz prepared preliminary sketches and dummies. When these faded to satisfy him he made more, tearing up one rough working dummy after another after he discovered impractical folds in the mechanism. The finished books which he finally submitted will permit constant opening and closing of the books without crushing the complicated folded pieces."

According to Worldcat - Lentz titles include:

The "Pop-Up" Cinderella including Hansel and Gretel, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, Puss-in-Boots. New York: Blue Ribbon Books, [1 edition - 1933].

The "pop-up" Mother Goose - 11 editions published between 1933 and 1995 in English

The "pop-up" Pinocchio : being the life and adventures of a wooden puppet who finally became a real boy. 2 editions published between 1932 and 1933 in English.

Puss in boots, 6 editions published between 1934 and 1995 in English

Goldilocks and the three bears. 3 editions published in 1934 in English

Little Red Riding Hood - 5 editions published between 1933 and 1934 in English

Jack the Giant Killer : including Jack and the beanstalk, Little Red Ridinghood, Sleeping Beauty : with "pop-up" illustrations - 1 edition published in 1932 in English

Jack the giant killer -3 editions published between 1932 and 1933 in English

Dick Tracy : the capture of Boris Arson by Chester Gould - 2 editions published in 1935 in English

Little Orphan Annie and Jumbo, the circus elephant by Harold Gray -1 edition published in 1935 in English

Sleeping Beauty - 1 edition published in 1933 in English

Little Red Ridinghood : with "pop-up" illustrations in color - 2 editions published in 1933 in English

Jack and the bean-stalk 2 editions published in 1933 in English

Little Red Ridinghood - 1 edition published in 1934 in English

El gato con botas : cuento "Ilustración-Sorpresa" -in Spanish

La tía ansarona : cuento "Ilustración-Sorpresa" in Spanish

The "Pop-up" Cinderella - 1 edition published in 1933 in English


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