Julian Wehr's success leads publishers to hire illustrators and put forward scores of movable books every year, with many Christmas-themed books appearing during the holidays. The result is a decline in the quality and ingenuity of movable illustration. With a market saturated, the novelty of movable books fades and sales drop.
Wehr's success also establishes a favorable climate for other illustrators to engineer and market movable books. Thus, Geraldine Clyne creates her popular "Jolly Jump-Up" series and George Zaffo fashions equally popular movable pages for a number of children's books.
From the end of World War II to the early 1950s, there was an explosion of pop-up and movable book publishing. Undoubtedly, the “baby boom” generated demand and, in response, publishing firms encouraged numerous authors, illustrators, and paper engineers to generate a steady supply of movable books. Along with Julian Wehr, Geraldine Clyne, George Zaffo, and Marion Merrill were prominent illustrator-paper engineers. Zaffo was so well known that some of the books he animated had the words “Action by Zaffo” on the cover. Clyne enjoyed a reputation as the creator of her “Jolly Jump-Up” family. And an untold number of movable books put forward at the time were illustrated and animated by unknown hands. Yet the enormous success of movable books led to a saturated market and a decline in popularity. By the late 1950s, pop-up and similar editions continued to be published, but demand had subsided and publishing companies looked to other kinds of children’s books.