A metamorphosis is a printed document with flaps that, as the reader unfolds them, transform the original illustration into a new one.   Here’s an example:


Now with the top flaps opened:


Now with the bottom flaps opened:


As the cover says, this metamorphosis was intended for children, and in typical nineteenth-century fashion, it teaches a rather serious lesson.  Here is the final set of pictures:





This metamorphosis was originally printed in Harrisburg by G. S. Peters.  Our copy is a reprint created and distributed by Kirke Bryan as part of his annual Christmas mailing.  Mr. Bryan was a printer as well as president of the Historical Society from 1943 to 1950.


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