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The Fold and One Cut Maltese Cross / Iron Cross
This page is being used to collect information about the history of the The Fold and One Cut Maltese Cross / Iron Cross. 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 version of this this effect, derived from the Fold and One Cut Latin Cross, first appears in a reader's letter in the Letterbox column of the January 1881 issue of the American children's magazine St Nicholas.



A version developed from a square appears in the 8th November 1892 issue of 'Journal des Instituteurs'. This is extracted from the book 'Le Travail Manuel a L'ecole Primaire, by M. Coste et J. Lapassade, which had been published in 1887.



'Geometrie, Dessin et Travaux Manuels - Cours Moyen', produced under the direction of M E. Cazes, which was published by Librairie Ch. Delagrave in Paris in 1895 contains instructions for folding and cutting out 'La Croix de Malte' using a different method. A second cut is used to add detail but it is still essentially a single cut effect.



Diagrams for a fold and one cut 'German Iron Cross' are included in 'Paper Magic' by Will Blyth, which was first published by C Arthur Pearson in London in 1920.



A method of creating a Fold and One Cut Maltese Cross can also be found in 'Houdini's Paper Magic', which was published by E P Dutton and Company of New York in 1922.



'Fun with Paper' by Joseph Leeming, which was published by Spencer Press Inc in Chicago in 1939, contains diagrams for the The Fold and One Cut Maltese Cross.



As 'Les Croix' in 'Occupons nos doigts' by Raymond Richard which was published by Les Editions du Cep Beaujolais in Villefranche-sur-Rhone in 1951.



As 'The Victoria Cross' in 'Paper Folding Fun' by Robert Harbin, which was published by Oldbourne in London in 1960.