Model theater, or toy
theater, dates to the early 1800s, and was in its highest form during the
late 1800s and early 1900s. Printed sheets of theater fronts, called
prosceniums, are used to build the face of the wooden theater. Other
printed sheets of figures and scenery are pasted to cardboard and cut out
to use in the theater. Figures are moved with special sticks, curtains
rise and lower, some figures can be made with moving parts or reversible,
and special effects enhance the action! Only your imagination is the
We have two basic sizes, Large and Small. These are
based on the two most popular sizes still commonly used in Danish model
theater, which was highly developed by the lithographer Alfred Jacobsen.
Our Large size is the Alfred Jacobsen C size, and our Small size is his D
size. We also have some reprints of German and English sheets, which are
similar to the Small size. For more information on sizes, please visit our
Theater Sizes page.
some original sheets are available, and we are very proud to be able to
offer these through our secure online shopping cart. They are suitable for
other uses, such as dioramas, shadow boxes, framed for hanging, cutout for
wall borders or accents, scrap-booking and other creative books, to name a
Use the Red links above to
browse the sheets, and the green buttons to the left for more
information. Please bookmark our site and visit again to see what is new.
We will be adding sheets periodically. If you would like notice of new
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Be sure to visit my bibliography of Books related
to Model Theater.
For more information on other toy theaters, see my
Model Theater Links page.