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Multiple-Image Pleated Paper Pictures / Falzbilder / Tabulae Striatae
 
This page attempts to record what is known about the origin and history of Multiple-Image Pleated Paper Pictures which show either two or three different pictures when viewed from different angles.. 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.

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'Deliciae physico mathematicae oder mathematische und philosophische Erquickstunden' by Daniel Schwenter, which was published in Nürnberg in 1636 contained a section on tabulae striatae made from wooden slats, which seems to be a forerumnner of the pleated paper version.

Information taken from Recreations with Paper by Edwin Corrie at www.foldingdidactics.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/2012_corrie.pdf.

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The earliest reference to the pleated paper version that I know of is found in 'Humane Industry' by Thomas Powell which was published in London in 1661.

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'Scientific Amusements' by Henry Frith, which was first published by Ward, Locke and Co Ltd in London, New York and Melbourne in 1890, contains instructions showing how to make a 'Magic Picture with Three Faces'.

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