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Fold and Cut Animals and Human Figures / Fold, Cut and Fold Animals and Human Figures
This page is being used to collect information about the history of Fold and Cut Animals and Human Figures and their later development Fold, Cut and Fold Animals and Human Figures. Please contact me if you know any of this information is incorrect or if you have any other information that should be added. Thank you.

Please note that this index page is incomplete at present since I was not originally recording instances of this kind of design.



Part 4 of 'Die Zehenmal Hundert und Eine Kunst' by Albrecht Ernst Friedrich von Crailsheim, which was published in 1762, contains whatis possibly the earliest reference to Fodand Cut Animals (although the reference is not completely clear).

The text below says, roughly, 'Fold a piece of paper in two, then cut out a bird, a turtle, or whatever you like and glue a fly in the middle of it with wax ...', the idea being that the the bird or turtle etc then appears to walk around the table under fly power. The text also mentions the possibility of doing this with two other kinds of insects a 'Rossteser' (meaning unknown) or a 'rote Käfer' (red beetle).



Several examples of this type of design appear in 'The Kindergarten Guide' by Maria Kraus Boelte and John Kraus, which was first published in single volume form by E. Steiger and Company in New York in 1882.



Fold, Cut and Fold Animals also appear in 'Jeux et Jouets du Jeune Age' by Gaston Tissandier was published by G Masson in Paris in 1884.



A few simple Fold, Cut and Fold Animals appear in 'Illustriertes Spielbuch fur Kinder' by Ida Bloch was published by Otto Spamer in Leipzig in 1891.


Designs for two fold, cut and fold human figures, in various configurations, appear in 'L'Illustration' 2507 of 14th March 1891 and were subsequently republished in Volume 2 of 'La Science Amusante' by Tom Tit (real name Arthur Good), which was published in Paris by Librairie Larousse in 1892.



The Supplement to issue 130 of 'Petits Francais Illustre' of 22nd August 1891contains a template for a Noah's Ark of cut out and fold up animals. (In this case the first fold is not needed.)





'Scientific Amusements' (an English translation of some of the material from volumes 2 and 3 of 'La Science Amusante' by Tom Tit) which was published by Thomas Nelson and Sons Ltd in London in 1918, contains a series of designs based on 'Paper Puppets' ie Fold, Cut and Fold Human Figures.



There are several pages of fold, cut and fold figures, inclusing a human figure, in 'Trabajos Manuales y Juegos Infantiles' by Francisco Blanch, which was published by I. G. Seix y Barral Hermanos S.A.- Editores in Barcelona in 1923.



'Paper Folding Fun' by Robert Harbin, which was published by Oldbourne in London in 1960 contains a section headed 'Single Panel Cut-Outs' which explains five cut and fold animal designs, including one by the Danish paperfolder Thoki Yenn who was an expert at this particular style of paperfolding.

Fido (attributed to Thoki Yenn)



'Party Lines' by Robert Harbin, which was published by the Olbourne Book Co in London in 1963, contained Fold, Cut and Fold Designs for a Rabbit and Penguin.