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Fun with Paper Folding by William D Murray and Francis J Rigney
This book was first published by the Fleming H Revell Company, New York in 1928. All I know about William D Murray and Francis J Rigney is that, according to David Lister, they were both magicians, although I have not seen any evidence to support this assertion.

The foreword is written by William D Murray and he uses the first person singular throughout, which suggests that he was responsible for the content of the book. Perhaps Francis J Rigney provided the illustrations.

(At this time a Francis J Rigney was an assistant editor of Boy's Life, a publication of the Boy Scouts of America (there is a credit for him providing illustrations for an article on page 20 of the May 1927 issue) but whether this is the same Francis J Rigney or not I do not know.)

Contents: Some of the models are clearly traditional. Others, although the authors do not say so, may quite possibly be their own inventions.

The Cake Basket (a decorative version of the Salt Cellar)

The Shirt Waist and Trousers - ie the Suit of Clothes

The Motor-Boat - a version in which the bow and stern are pulled out sideways.

The Table - the (uncut) Windmill with the flaps at right angles to form legs.

The Windmill - the uncut design.

The Sailboat - ie the Boat with Sail from the Multiform sequence.

The Rooster ie the Pajarita.

The Pocket Book

The Cap ie a basic box with one flap tucked in and one left out to form a brim.

The Chinese Junk

The Work Table ie the Sanbo.

The Battleship - a mutiple piece cut and fold design.

The Dog - a multiple piece design from three Shirtwaists.

The House - ie the Catherine of Cleves Box

The Ball - ie the Waterbomb.

The Sugar Bowl - ie the Kettle

The Bird - ie the Flapping Bird - made by the Preliminary Base method and with a crimped head.

The Frog - ie the Blow-up Frog.

The Pagoda - made from five squares each a half inch smaller than the one before.

The Airplane - ie the Swallow - using a tiny cut to make ailerons at the end of the tail.

The Drinking Cup - ie the Cup - but with only one flap folded down.

The Boat - ie the Paper Boat.

The Dart - a two piece paper plane made from a doubly thinned dart and an extra piece like a bishop's mitre made from a much smaller Newspaper Hat to act as a weight on the nose.

The Secret Envelope - ie the Menko.

The Sunfish - a multiple piece cut and fold active play paperfold.

The Trumpet - a cut and fold noise maker from a rolled up square.

The Tree - ie the Newspaper Tree

The Ladder - ie the Newspaper Ladder and its lattice variation.

The Mystery Loops - ie the Three Paper Rings trick.

The Big Hole in the Small Piece of Paper.

The Picnic Table Mat - ie cutting Doilies from circular paper.

The Five-Pointed Star - ie cutting a five-pointed star from a square.

The Baby Starling - bird made by collapsing the Five Pointed Star.

The Aviator's Helmet - design developed from the Newspaper Hat.

The Cradle.

Another Double Boat.

The Lampshade.

Four Bonbon Dishes - four geometrical designs.

The Japanese Lantern - a blow-up design developed from the Waterbomb base.

How Charlie Bought His Boat - a story designed around the evolution of the Multiform designs.

The Goose's Head - pecking active play paperfold developed from the Paper Boat.