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The Fold and Slit Lantern
This page is being used to collect information about the history of the fold and cut design known as the Fold and Slit Lantern. 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.



As far as I know a description of how to make this design, but without any illustrations, first appears in the historical record in 'Studies in Invalid Occupation' by Susan E Tracy, which was published by Whitcomb and Barrows in Boston in 1910.



The design also appears in 'Häusliche Kleinkunst und Bastelarbeit in Wort und Bild' by Hermann Pfeiffer, which was published by Verlag von Hermann Zieger in Leipzig in 1911.



The design appears as a 'Baumschmuck' (Tree Ornament) in 'Allerlei Papierarbeiten' by Hilde Wulff and Carola Babick, which was published in Leipzig and Berlin in 1936.



A similar design, but with the cuts made diagonally, appears in 'Paper Toy Making' by Margaret Campbell, which was first published by Sir Isaac Pitman and Sons Ltd in London, probably in 1937, although both the Foreword and Preface are dated 1936, which argues that the book was complete at that date.



As 'Paper Lanterns' in 'Fun with Paper' by Joseph Leeming, which was published by Spencer Press Inc in Chicago in 1939.