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Toy theatre book - Theater Bilderbuch

Theater Bilderbuch

  • Object:

    Toy theatre book

  • Place of origin:

    Germany (published)

  • Date:

    ca. 1885 (published)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Printed card

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Toy theatres were popular all over Europe during the second half of the 19th century. They could either be bought, or made and added to at home. The toy theatre was a favourite family activity. This German publication is unusual because it is a book that has four toy theatre scenes in it. Each scene also has a page of dialogue to go with it. This scene is Christmas Eve in a typical German house. Like the other scenes, it is set on a stage with a youthful orchestra in front. Its three-dimensional effect is particularly good.

Physical description

A book containing four pop-up toy theatre scenes - Little Red Riding Hood, Hansel and Gretel, Adoration of the Magi and Christmas Eve. Each scene is set out three dimensionally on a stage and is accompanied by a piece of play dialogue printed in German.

Place of Origin

Germany (published)


ca. 1885 (published)



Materials and Techniques

Printed card


Height: 33.6 cm closed, Width: 26.5 cm closed

Descriptive line

Printed book with four theatre scenes published in Germany in about 1885


Books; Children & Childhood; Dolls & Toys


Museum of Childhood

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