Thanks to the popularity of paper theaters, 19th-century children were able to mount plays at home. These miniature versions of working theaters, often based on real venues, came replete with props, prosceniums, and characters to cut out from printed sheets and assemble, offering imaginative worlds in which to disappear. Several paper theaters that were donated to the Museum of International Folk Art by collector Alexander Girard in the 1980s are on view just outside the entrance to the museum’s Girard Wing. In this issue, Pasatiempo explores the history of such toy theaters and our enduring fascination with them. On the cover is an image of a German paper theater published circa 1900 by Joseph Scholz; courtesy MoIFA.