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The Air Force Cap
 
This page attempts to record what is known about the origin and history of the origami design known as The Air Force Cap. 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.

This design is a variant of the Newspaper Hat in which only part of the corners are turned down after the first fold has been made.

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As far as I know this design first appears as the 'Army Forage Cap' in 'Paper Magic' by Will Blyth, which was first published by C Arthur Pearson in London in 1920.

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The design also appears in in 'Winter Nights Entertainments' by R M Abraham, which was first published by Constable and Constable in London in 1932

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An essentially similar design appears as 'El gorro de 'legionario espagnol' in 'El Mundo de Papel' by Dr Nemesio Montero, which was published by G Miranda in Edicions Infancia in Valladolid in 1939.

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Another similar design appears in the guise of a hat being worn by a painter in an article entitled 'Folding Paper is Fun for Everyone', which appeared in the April 1946 issue of Popular Mechanics magazine. I learned about this article from Oschene.

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The design also appears as the 'Navy Cap' in 'The Art of Chinese Paper folding for Young and Old' by Maying Soong, which was published by Harcourt Brace and Company of New York in 1948.

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